Alphonse de Lamartine

  • French poet
  • Born October 21, 1790
  • Died February 28, 1869

Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, Knight of Pratz (French: [alfɔ̃s maʁi lwi dəpʁa də lamaʁtin]; 21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869) was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolore as the flag of France.

Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind - it is only the difference in the victim.

Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.

Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.

The people only understand what they can feel; the only orators that can affect them are those who move them.

If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.

Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.

Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.

To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic.

Habit with it's iron sinews, clasps us and leads us day by day.

There is a woman at the begining of all great things.

Private passions tire and exhaust themselves, public ones never.

Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.

A conscience without God is like a court without a judge.

Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.

The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs.