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MAURICE MAETERLINCK
Belgian philosopher, dramatist and author
(1862 - 1949)

We possess only the happiness we are able to understand.
      - [Happiness]

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than the animals that know nothing.
      - Joyzelle (act I) [Death]

The future is a world limited by ourselves; in it we discover only what concerns us and, sometimes, by chance, what interests those whom we love the most.
      - Joyzelle (act I) [Future]

I count only the hours that are serene.
  [Lat., Horas non numero nisi serenas.]
      - Measure of the Hours,
        mentioned as found by Hazlitt on a sun dial near Venice
        [Sun Dial Mottoes]

The hour of justice does not strike
  On the dials of this world.
    [Fr., L'heure de la justice ne sonne pas
      Aux cadrans de ce monde.]
      - Measure of the Hours,
        motto on a sun dial on a church at Tourette-sur-Loup
        [Sun Dial Mottoes]

I am moved by the light.
  [Lat., A lumine motus.]
      - Measure of the Hours--Motto
        [Sun Dial Mottoes]


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