Quotes from Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand ·  240 pages

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“A kiss is a secret which takes the lips for the ear.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“A great nose may be an index
Of a great soul”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“My heart always timidly hides itself behind my mind. I set out to bring down stars from the sky, then, for fear of ridicule, I stop and pick little flowers of eloquence.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“All our souls are written in our eyes.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“And what is a kiss, specifically? A pledge properly sealed, a promise seasoned to taste, a vow stamped with the immediacy of a lip, a rosy circle drawn around the verb 'to love.' A kiss is a message too intimate for the ear, infinity captured in the bee's brief visit to a flower, secular communication with an aftertaste of heaven, the pulse rising from the heart to utter its name on a lover's lip: 'Forever.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac



“I have a different idea of elegance. I don't dress like a fop, it's true, but my moral grooming is impeccable. I never appear in public with a soiled conscience, a tarnished honor, threadbare scruples, or an insult that I haven't washed away. I'm always immaculately clean, adorned with independence and frankness. I may not cut a stylish figure, but I hold my soul erect. I wear my deeds as ribbons, my wit is sharper then the finest mustache, and when I walk among men I make truths ring like spurs.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“I-I am going to be a storm-a flame-
I need to fight whole armies alone;
I have ten hearts; I have a hundred arms;
I feel too strong to war with mortals-
BRING ME GIANTS!”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“How obvious it is now--the gift you gave him. All those letters, they were you... All those beautiful powerful words, they were you!.. The voice from the shadows, that was you... You always loved me!" Roxanne”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“...But...to sing,
to dream, to smile, to walk, to be alone, be free,
with a voice that stirs and an eye that still can see!
To cock your hat to one side, when you please
at a yes, a no, to fight, or- make poetry!
To work without a thought of fame or fortune,
on that journey, that you dream of, to the moon!
Never to write a line that's not your own...”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“Well when I write my book, and tell the tale of my adventures--all these little stars that shake out of my cloak-- I must save those to use for asterisks!”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac



“أن المرء حينما يصل إلى ذروة العظمة في الحياة لابد ان تمر عليه ساعات ,مهما كان طاهرا وبريئا يشعر فيها ببعض الام خفية تلدغ نفسه وتؤلمها”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“ROXANE:
Live, for I love you!

CYRANO:
No, In fairy tales
When to the ill-starred Prince the lady says 'I love you!' all his ugliness fades fast--
But I remain the same, up to the last!

ROXANE:
I have marred your life--I, I!

CYRANO:
You blessed my life!
Never on me had rested woman's love.
My mother even could not find me fair:
I had no sister; and, when grown a man,
I feared the mistress who would mock at me.
But I have had your friendship--grace to you
A woman's charm has passed across my path.

― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“What would you have me do?
Seek for the patronage of some great man,
And like a creeping vine on a tall tree
Crawl upward, where I cannot stand alone?
No thank you! Dedicate, as others do,
Poems to pawnbrokers? Be a buffoon
In the vile hope of teasing out a smile
On some cold face? No thank you! Eat a toad
For breakfast every morning? Make my knees
Callous, and cultivate a supple spine,-
Wear out my belly grovelling in the dust?
No thank you! Scratch the back of any swine
That roots up gold for me? Tickle the horns
Of Mammon with my left hand, while my right
Too proud to know his partner's business,
Takes in the fee? No thank you! Use the fire
God gave me to burn incense all day long
Under the nose of wood and stone? No thank you!
Shall I go leaping into ladies' laps
And licking fingers?-or-to change the form-
Navigating with madrigals for oars,
My sails full of the sighs of dowagers?
No thank you! Publish verses at my own
Expense? No thank you! Be the patron saint
Of a small group of literary souls
Who dine together every Tuesday? No
I thank you! Shall I labor night and day
To build a reputation on one song,
And never write another? Shall I find
True genius only among Geniuses,
Palpitate over little paragraphs,
And struggle to insinuate my name
In the columns of the Mercury?
No thank you! Calculate, scheme, be afraid,
Love more to make a visit than a poem,
Seek introductions, favors, influences?-
No thank you! No, I thank you! And again
I thank you!-But...
To sing, to laugh, to dream
To walk in my own way and be alone,
Free, with a voice that means manhood-to cock my hat
Where I choose-At a word, a Yes, a No,
To fight-or write.To travel any road
Under the sun, under the stars, nor doubt
If fame or fortune lie beyond the bourne-
Never to make a line I have not heard
In my own heart; yet, with all modesty
To say:"My soul, be satisfied with flowers,
With fruit, with weeds even; but gather them
In the one garden you may call your own."
So, when I win some triumph, by some chance,
Render no share to Caesar-in a word,
I am too proud to be a parasite,
And if my nature wants the germ that grows
Towering to heaven like the mountain pine,
Or like the oak, sheltering multitudes-
I stand, not high it may be-but alone!”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“أن الصدر المملوء بالشرف والفضيلة لايحتاج إالى وسام يتلألأ فوقه”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“A kiss, when all is told, what is it? An oath taken a little closer, a promise more exact. A wish that longs to be confirmed, a rosy circle drawn around the verb 'to love'. A kiss is a secret which takes the lips for the ear, a moment of infinity humming like a bee, a communion tasting of flowers, a way of breathing in a little of the heart and tasting a little of the soul with the edge of the lips!”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac



“My soul, be satisfied with flowers,
With fruit, with weeds even; but gather them
In the one garden you may call your own.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“اني لا أحفل يا سيدي بالصور والرسوم والأزياء و الألوان , ولا يعنيني جمال الصورة و حسنها و لا برقشة الثياب ,وحسبي من الجمال أنني رجل شريف مستقيم , ولا أكذب ولا أتلون , ولا أداهن , ولا أتملق وأن نفسي نقية بيضاء غير ملوثة بأدران الرزائل والمفاسد , فلئن فاتني الوجه الجميل والثوب الملفوف والوسام اللامع والجوهر الساطع , فلم يفتني شرف المبدأ ولا عزه .النفس ولا نقاء الضمير”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“My nose is Gargantuan! You little Pig-snout, you tiny Monkey-Nostrils, you virtually invisible Pekinese-Puss, don't you realize that a nose like mine is both scepter and orb, a monument to me superiority? A great nose is the banner of a great man, a generous heart, a towering spirit, an expansive soul--such as I unmistakably am, and such as you dare not to dream of being, with your bilious weasel's eyes and no nose to keep them apart! With your face as lacking in all distinction--as lacking, I say, in interest, as lacking in pride, in imagination, in honesty, in lyricism--in a word, as lacking in nose as that other offensively bland expanse at the opposite end of your cringing spine--which I now remove from my sight by stringent application of my boot!”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“Take it, and turn to facts my fantasies.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“To sing, to laugh, to dream, to walk in my own way and be alone, free, with an eye to see things as they are, a voice that means manhood—to cock my hat where I choose—

At a word, a Yes, a No, to fight—or write. To travel any road under the sun, under the stars, nor doubt if fame or fortune lie beyond the bourne—

Never to make a line I have not heard in my own heart; yet, with all modesty to say: "My soul, be satisfied with flowers, with fruit, with weeds even; but gather them in the one garden you may call your own.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac



“Stay awhile! 'Tis sweet,. . .
The rare occasion, when our hearts can speak
Our selves unseen, unseeing!”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“و مرت بخاطرهم و جرت على أفواههم كلمة "الثورة" ، وهي الكلمة الهائلة التي تأتي دائما في ترتيب قاموس الحياة بعد كلمة الجوع..”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“Proclaim your pride and bitterness loudly to the world, but to me speak softly, and tell me simply that she doesn't love you.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“أحببت في حياتي حبيبا واحدا ..فقدته مرتين”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“Your neck. I want to kiss it.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac



“Cyrano: I can see him there---he grins---
He is looking at my nose---that skeleton
---What's that you say? Hopeless?---Why, very well!---
But a man does not fight merely to win!
No---no---better to know one fights in vain!...
You there---Who are you? A hundred against one---
I know them now, my ancient enemies---
Falsehood!...There! There! Prejudice---Compromise---Cowardice---
What's that? No! Surrender? No!
Never---never!...
Ah, you too, Vanity!
I knew you would overthrow me in the end---
No! I fight on! I fight on! I fight on!
Yes, all my laurels you have riven away
And all my roses; yet in spite of you,
There is one crown I bear away with me,
And to-night, when I enter before God,
My salute shall sweep all the stars away
From the blue threshold! One thing without stain,
Unspotted from the world, in spite of doom
Mine own!---
And that is...
Roxane: ---That is...
Cyrano: My white plume....”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“All my laurels you have riven away, and my roses; yet in spite of you, there is one crown I bear away with me... One thing without stain, unspotted from the world, in spite of doom mine own! And that is... my white plume.”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“My heart to yours sends but one cry:
If kisses fast could flee
By letter, then with your sweet lips
My letters read should be!”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


“Oui, je veux être aimé moi-même, ou pas du tout!”
― Edmond Rostand, quote from Cyrano de Bergerac


About the author

Edmond Rostand
Born place: in Marseille, France
Born date April 1, 1868
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