Quotes by Arthur Rimbaud

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Rimbaud, Arthur (1854-91) was a French poet who had a great influence on the symbolists and subsequent modern poets, born in Charleville. A defiant and precocious youth, Rimbaud at 16 sent some poems to Verlaine, who liked his ... more

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What a life! True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.

And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! -- But the great Faith is Love!
Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.
But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.
Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.
I is another.
I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there.
One evening I sat Beauty on my knees --And I found her bitter --And I reviled her.
I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.
The Sun, the hearth of affection and life, pours burning love on the delighted earth.
For a long time I found the celebrities of modern painting and poetry ridiculous. I loved absurd pictures, fanlights, stage scenery, mountebanks backcloths, inn-signs, cheap colored prints; unfashionable literature, church Latin, pornographic books badly spelt, grandmothers novels, fairy stories, little books for children, old operas, empty refrains, simple rhythms.
Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.
Eternity. It is the sea mingled with the sun.
I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.
What soul is without flaws?