Alfred de Vigny was a man with various talents - he was a novelist, poet, translator and playwright. He was hugely respected for being one of the leading faces of the French Romanticism. He was born in an aristocratic family and was attracted towards arms. This made him serve the army where he eventually lost his interest and turned towards his passion of writing. During his service term, he wrote his first poem and also published an extended version of ‘Poemes’. These were well-received by the masses which encouraged him to come up with the first historical novel in French called ‘Cinq-Mars’. This motivated him to retire from the army to turn his full attention towards his writing career. His most notable play was ‘Chatterton’ which was based on Thomas Chatterton and is acknowledged to be one of the best dramas of the Romantic Movement. He followed up with various other successful works to further enhance his reputation as a writer. Following is a collection of thoughts and quotations by the multi-faceted artist which will make you fall in love with poetry. Take a look at the thoughts and quotes by Alfred de Vigny where he tends to creatively express some of the important lessons on life, creativity, mankind, artists, idiocy, knowledge, politics and power.
The acts of the human race on the world's stage have doubtless a coherent unity, but the meaning of the vast tragedy enacted will be visible only to the eye of God, until the end, which will reveal it perhaps to the last man.
Just as we descend into our consciences to judge of actions which our minds can not weigh, can we not also search in ourselves for the feeling which gives birth to forms of thought, always vague and cloudy?
Alfred de Vigny
Observe this fact: in the history of mankind, every ruler who has lacked personal greatness has been forced to compensate for the deficiency by setting up the executioner at his right hand like a guardian angel
I think, then, that man, after having satisfied his first longing for facts, wanted something fuller - some grouping, some adaptation to his capacity and experience, of the links of this vast chain of events which his sight could not take in.
What is the use of theorizing as to wherein lies the charm that moves us?
Alfred de Vigny
One might almost reckon mathematically that, having undergone the double composition of public opinion and of the author, their history reaches us at third hand and is thus separated by two stages from the original fact.
What it values most of all is the sum total of events and the advance of civilization, which carries individuals along with it; but, indifferent to details, it cares less to have them real than noble or, rather, grand and complete.