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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Maurice Maeterlinck. (1862–1949) (continued)
      Men’s weaknesses are often necessary to the purposes of life.
          Joyzelle. Act ii.
      All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than the animals that know nothing. A day will come when science will turn upon its error and no longer hesitate to shorten our woes. A day will come when it will dare and act with certainty; when life, grown wiser, will depart silently at its hour, knowing that it has reached its term.
          Our Eternity.
Edmond Rostand. (1868–1918)
      Malebranche would have it that not a soul is left;
We humbly think that there still are hearts. 1 
          Chantecler. Prélude.
                        Without doubt
I can teach crowing: for I gobble. 2 
          Chantecler. Act i. Sc. 2.
    I fall back dazzled at beholding myself all rosy red,
At having, I myself, caused the sun to rise. 3 
          Chantecler. Act ii. Sc. 3.
    And sounding in advance its victory,
My song jets forth so clear, so proud, so peremptory,
That the horizon, seized with a rosy trembling,
Obeys me. 4 
          Chantecler. Act ii. Sc. 3.
Note 1.
Malebranche dirait qu’il n’y a plus une âme:
Nous pensons humblement qu’il reste encor des cœurs. [back]
Note 2.
                     Sans doute
Je peux apprendre à coqueriquer: je glougloute. [back]
Note 3.
                     Je recule
Ébloui de me voir moi même tout vermeil
Et d’avoir, moi, le coq, fait élever le soleil. [back]
Note 4.
Et sonnant d’avance sa victoire,
Mon chant jaillit si net, si fier, si peremptoire
Que l’horizon, saisi d’un rose tremblement,
M’obéit. [back]