An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.— Maurice Maeterlinck
The most surprising Maurice Maeterlinck quotes that will add value to your life
Every year, in November, at the season that follows the hour of the dead, the crowning and majestic hours of autumn, I go to visit the chrysanthemums ... They are indeed, the most universal, the most diverse of flowers.
We are never the same with others as when we are alone.
We are different, even when we are in the dark with them.
Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence.
If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.
The living are just the dead on holiday
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.
Wisdom requires no form; her beauty must vary, as varies the beauty of flame. She is no motionless goddess, for ever couched on her throne.
All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.
Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?
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.
To have known how to change the past into a few saddened smiles-is this not to master the future?
Most creatures have a vague belief that a very precarious hazard, a kind of transparent membrane, divides death from love; and that the profound idea of nature demands that the giver of life should die at the moment of giving.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together .
.. Speech is too often ... the act of quite stifling and suspending thought, so that there is none to conceal ... Speech is of Time, silence is of Eternity ... It is idle to think that, by means of words, any real communication can ever pass from one man to another.
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.
To be good we must needs have suffered;
but perhaps it is necessary to have caused suffering before we can become better.
Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature.
It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom.
I have never for one instant seen clearly within myself.
How then would you have me judge the deeds of others?
Each man has to seek out his own special aptitude for a higher life in the midst of the humble and inevitable reality of daily existence. Than this, there can be no nobler aim in life.
You do well to have visions of a better life than of every day, but it is the life of every day from which the elements of a better life must come.
The dog who meets with a good master is the happier of the two.
They believe that nothing will happen because they have closed their doors.
If you love yourself meanly, childishly, timidly, even so shall you love your neighbor.
In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man.
What man is there that does not laboriously, though all unconsciously, himself fashion the sorrow that is to be the pivot of his life.
And on this earth of ours there are but few souls that can withstand the dominion of the soul that has suffered itself to become beautiful.
An obstacle is not a discouragement. It may become one, but only with our own consent. So long as we refuse to be discouraged, we cannot be discouraged.
I have done what I could do in life, and if I could not do better, I did not deserve it. In vain I have tried to step beyond what bound me.
Above all, let us never forget that an act of goodness is in itself an act of happiness. It is the flower of a long inner life of joy and contentment; it tells of peaceful hours and days on the sunniest heights of our soul.
The truth that seems discouraging does in reality only transform the courage of those strong enough to accept it; and, in any event, a truth that disheartens, because it is true, is still of far more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods.
At every crossway on the path that leads to the future, each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past. Let us have no fear that the fair towers of former days be sufficiently defended. The least that the most timid among us can do is not to add to the immense dead weight that nature drags along.
I knew that if I was captured by the Germans I would be shot at once, since I have always been counted as an enemy of Germany because of my play, 'Le Bourgmestre de Stillemonde,' which dealt with the conditions in Belgium during the German Occupation of 1918.
The true sage is not he who sees, but he who, seeing the furthest, has the deepest love for mankind.
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.
To disdain today is to prove that yesterday has been misunderstood.
The thoughts you think will irradiate you as though you are a transparent vase.
Happiness will never be any greater than the idea we have of it.
There is no soul that does not respond to love, for the soul of man is a guest that has gone hungry these centuries back.
No great inner event befalls those who summon it not.
He who sees without loving is only straining his eyes in the darkness.
(there is) no other means of escaping from one's consciousness than to deny it, to look upon it as an organic disease of the terrestrial intelligence - a disease which we must endeavor to cure by an action which must appear to us an action of violent and willful madness, but which, on the other side of our appearances, is probably an action of health. ("Of Immortality")
The souls of all our brethren are ever hovering about us, craving for a caress, and only waiting for the signal.
A truth that disheartens because it is true is of more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods.
Once at a potent leader's voice I stayed;
Once I went back when a good monarch prayed; Mortals, howe'er we grieve, howe'er deplore, The flying shadow will return no more.
It is the evil that lies in ourselves that is ever least tolerant of the evil that dwells within others.
Sacrifice may be a flower that virtue will pluck on its road, but it was not to gather this flower that virtue set forth on its travels.
All mothers are rich when they love their children.
There are no poor mothers, no ugly ones, no old ones. Their love is always the most beautiful of joys.
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.
The manner in which the hours of freedom are spent determines, no less than labor and war, the moral worth of a nation.