Maurice Maeterlinck

(Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck)

Maurice Maeterlinck
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Born: August 29, 1862
  • Died: June 6, 1949
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Profession: Dramatist

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Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations". The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. His plays form an important part of the Symbolist movement.

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The decent moderation of today will be the least of human things tomorrow. At the time of the Spanish Inquisition, the opinion of good sense and of the good medium was certainly that people ought not to burn too large a number of heretics; extreme and unreasonable opinion obviously demanded that they should burn none at all. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A truth that disheartens because it is true is of more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods. Truth
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Death
An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. Happiness & Unhappiness
At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past. Future
Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?
Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence. Happiness & Unhappiness
How strangely do we diminish a thing as soon as we try to express it in words.
It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom.
Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness ;War & Peace
No great inner event befalls those who summon it not.
Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature. Nature
Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness. Happiness & Unhappiness
They believe that nothing will happen because they have closed their doors.
To be happy is only to have freed one's soul from the unrest of unhappiness.
We are never the same with others as when we are alone. We are different, even when we are in the dark with them.
We possess only the happiness we are able to understand. Happiness & Unhappiness
When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex