Arthur Rimbaud
Quotations


When you are seventeen you aren't really serious.

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an ennervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.

I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there.

Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.

Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.

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

I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.

The poet makes himself a seer by a long, prodigious, and rational disordering of all the senses. Every form of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he consumes all the poisons in him, and keeps only their quintessences.

There shall be poets! When woman's unmeasured bondage shall be broken, when she shall live for and through herself, man--hitherto detestable--having let her go, she, too, will be poet! Woman will find the unknown! Will her ideational worlds be different from ours? She will come upon strange, unfathomable, repellent, delightful things; we shall take them, we shall comprehend them.

Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.

Life is the farce we are all forced to endure.

The only unbearable thing is that nothing is unbearable.



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