Maurice Maeterlinck

[Comte Maeterlinck] (1862 - 1949 / Ghent)

Maurice Maeterlinck Quotes

  • ''They believe that nothing will happen because they have closed their doors.''
    Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), Belgian author. Old Man, in Interior (1894). In this play, the old man is looking in on a family who have yet to discover that one of their number has died.
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  • ''Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.''
    Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), Belgian author. "Silence," The Treasure of the Humble (1896), trans. by Alfred Sutro (1908).
  • ''No great inner event befalls those who summon it not.''
    Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), Belgian author. Wisdom and Destiny, p. 32 (1898), trans. by Alfred Sutro (1912).
  • ''Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature.''
    Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), Belgian author. Wisdom and Destiny, p. 15 (1898), trans. by Alfred Sutro (1912).

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The Hospital

The hospital!
The hospital on the banks of the canal,
The hospital, and the month of July!
They are lighting a fire in the ward,
While the Atlantic steamers are whistling on the canal!

(Do not go near the windows!)
Here are the emigrants loitering through a palace,
And I see a yacht in the tempest!

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