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Quotations From ARTHUR RIMBAUD

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  • 1.
    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.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. Letter, May 15, 1871. Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962).

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  • 2.
    Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. "Mauvais Sang," Une Saison en Enfer (1874).

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  • 3.
    Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. "Mauvais Sang," Une Saison en Enfer (1874).

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  • 4.
    But, truly, I have wept too much! The dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Le Bateau Ivre (written 1871).

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  • 5.
    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.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). "Délires II: Alchimie du Verbe," Une Saison en Enfer (1874).

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  • 6.
    I is another.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. Letter, May 13, 1871. Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962).
  • 7.
    The Sun, the hearth of affection and life, pours burning love on the delighted earth.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. "Soleil et Chair," sct. 1, Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962).

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  • 8.
    One evening I sat Beauty on my knees—And I found her bitter—And I reviled her.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, Jadis, si je me souviens bien (originally published 1874). This image was parodied by Salvador Dali in a diary entry (Aug. 1, 1953): "I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it." (The Diary of a Genius, 1966).

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  • 9.
    Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. Song of the Highest Tower, Collected Poems (written 1872), ed. Oliver Bernard (1962).

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  • 10.
    What a life! True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.
    Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), French poet. repr. In Collected Poems, ed. Oliver Bernard (1962). Une Saison en Enfer, "Délires I," (originally published 1874).

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