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Memorable Quotes by Arthur Rimbaud on life, love, knowledge, happiness and other things.

76 Memorable Quotes By Arthur Rimbaud, The Author Of Illuminations

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Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud was a poet from France who lived in the 19th century and is particularly famous for being one of the very first major literary figures to have used surrealism in his work even before it became mainstream. Rimbaud had started off as a creative writer right from the time when he was a child and at the same time he was an extremely talented student. However, he did not complete his education and fled from home while he was still a teenager, thereby displaying an acutely rebellious streak. It was after leaving home that Rimbaud found his voice as a poet and composed almost all of his literary work in the few years following that episode. Some of his most important works include the book of poetry collection titled ‘Illuminations’ and ‘A Season in Hell’, which is often regarded as one of the earliest examples of modernist literature. However, Rimbaud stopped writing poems when he was only 21 years old and instead started working as a merchant, which proved to be a huge loss for the world of literature. He died atthe age of 37 due to cancer but still remains one of the most influential literary figures of all time. Here are some of his famous quotes.

Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.

- Arthur Rimbaud

I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.

- A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat, Arthur Rimbaud

I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.

- Arthur Rimbaud

A thousand Dreams within me softly burn

- Arthur Rimbaud

But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.

- Arthur Rimbaud

By being too sensitive I have wasted my life.

- Arthur Rimbaud

I understand, and not knowing how to express myself without pagan words, I’d rather remain silent

- A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat, Arthur Rimbaud

True alchemy lies in this formula: ‘Your memory and your senses are but the nourishment of your creative impulse’.

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

In the morning I had a look so lost, a face so dead, that perhaps those whom I met did not see me.

- Arthur Rimbaud

I shed more tears than God could ever have required.

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

I is another.

- Arthur Rimbaud

A thousand Dreams within me softly burn: From time to time my heart is like some oak Whose blood runs golden where a branch is torn.

- Complete Works, Arthur Rimbaud

Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.

- Selected Poems and Letters, Arthur Rimbaud

Life is the farce we are all forced to endure.

- Une saison en enfer; Illuminations; et autres textes, Arthur Rimbaud

I'm intact, and I don't give a damn.

- Arthur Rimbaud

But the problem is to make the soul into a monster

- Arthur Rimbaud

Come from forever, and you will go everywhere.

- Arthur Rimbaud

I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple; Garlands from window to window; Golden chains from star to star ... And I dance.

- Complete Works, Arthur Rimbaud

One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her.

- Arthur Rimbaud

I found I could extinguish all human hope from my soul.

- Une saison en enfer; Illuminations; et autres textes, Arthur Rimbaud

-But I've just noticed that my mind is asleep.

- Une Saison en Enfer / Vers Nouveaux, Arthur Rimbaud

As I descended into impassable rivers I no longer felt guided by the ferrymen.

- Arthur Rimbaud

Whose hearts must I break? What lies must I maintain? - Through whose blood am I to wade ?

- Arthur Rimbaud

The wolf howled under the leaves And spit out the prettiest feathers Of his meal of fowl: Like him I consume myself.

- Arthur Rimbaud

Now I am an outcast. I loathe my country. The best thing for me is a drunken sleep on the beach.

- Une saison en enfer; Illuminations; et autres textes, Arthur Rimbaud

Eternity is the sun mixed with the sea

- Arthur Rimbaud

You will always be a hyena.

- Arthur Rimbaud

True life is elsewhere

- Arthur Rimbaud

What am I doing here?

- Arthur Rimbaud

Morality is the weakness of the mind.

- Arthur Rimbaud

Unhappiness was my god.

- Arthur Rimbaud

But, true, I’ve wept too much! Dawns break hearts./ Every moon is brutal, every sun bitter.

- Arthur Rimbaud

My wisdom is as spurned as chaos. What is my nothingness, compared to the amazement that awaits you?

- Arthur Rimbaud

In the great glasshouses streaming with condensation, the children in mourning-dress beheld marvels.

- Arthur Rimbaud

Is it in these bottomless nights that you sleep in exile?

- A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat, Arthur Rimbaud

And from that time on I bathed in the Poem Of the Sea, star-infused and churned into milk, Devouring the green azures; where, entranced in pallid flotsam, A dreaming drowned man sometimes goes down.

- A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat, Arthur Rimbaud

To whom shall I hire myself out? What beast should I adore? What holy image is attacked? What hearts shall I break? What lies shall I uphold? In what blood tread?

- A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat, Arthur Rimbaud

And from then on, I bathed in the Poem of the Sea, star-infused, and opalescent, devouring green azures

- Arthur Rimbaud

It began as research. I wrote of silences, of nights, I scribbled the indescribable. I tied down the vertigo.

- Arthur Rimbaud

I could never throw Love out of the window.

- Arthur Rimbaud

What is my nothingness to the stupor that awaits you?

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

It was the voice of mad seas, roaring immense,/ That shattered your infant breast, too soft, too human.

- Arthur Rimbaud

It is found again. What? Eternity. It is the sea Gone with the sun.

- آرتور رامبو : الآثار الشعرية, Arthur Rimbaud

I am alone in possessing a key to this barbarous sideshow.

- Arthur Rimbaud

Stronger than alcohol, vaster than poetry, Ferment the freckled red bitterness of love!

- Arthur Rimbaud

And, in the dawn, armed with a burning patience, we shall enter the splendid cities.

- Arthur Rimbaud

The northern lights rise like a kiss to the sea

- Le Bateau ivre, Arthur Rimbaud

O seasons, O castles, What soul is without flaws? All its lore is known to me, Felicity, it enchants us all.

- Season in Hell & Other Poems, Arthur Rimbaud

What an old maid I'm getting to be. lacking the courage to be in love with death!

- A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat, Arthur Rimbaud

Satan, you clown, you want to dissolve me with your charms. Well, I want it. I want it! Stab me with a pitchfork, sprinkle me with fire!

- A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat, Arthur Rimbaud

Il faut tre absolument moderne

- Une saison en enfer; Illuminations; et autres textes, Arthur Rimbaud

The Poet makes himself a seer through a long, vast and painstaking derangement of all the senses

- Arthur Rimbaud

Yes, my eyes are closed to your light. I am an animal, a nigger. But I can be saved. You are fake niggers; maniacs, savages, misers, all of you.

- Arthur Rimbaud

I have stretched ropes from bell-tower to bell-tower; garlands from window to window; chains of gold from star to star, and I dance.

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

Madame X set up a piano in the Alps.

- Arthur Rimbaud

Pagan blood returns!

- Arthur Rimbaud

A man who wants to mutilate himself is certainly damned, isn't he?

- Arthur Rimbaud

Once, if my memory serves me well, my life was a banquet where every heart revealed itself, where every wine flowed.

- A Season in Hell, Arthur Rimbaud

Cela s'est pass. Je sais aujourd'hui saluer la beaut.

- Season in Hell & Other Poems, Arthur Rimbaud

Is it possible to become ecstatic amid destruction, rejuvenate oneself through cruelty?

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

Blood was flowing – in Bluebeard’s house, in the abattoirs, in the circuses where God had set his seal to whiten the windows. Blood and Milk flowed together.

- Arthur Rimbaud

Ho teso corde da campanile a campanile; ghirlande da finestra a finestra; catene d'oro da stella a stella, e danzo.

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

I came a fabulous opera. I saw that all beings have a fatality for happiness: action is not life, but a way of spending your strength, an irritation. Morality is a weakness of the brain.

- A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat, Arthur Rimbaud

Against snow, a tall Beautiful Being. Whistlings of death and circles of muffled music make this adored body rise, swell and tremble like a ghost; scarlet and black wounds open in the magnificent flesh.

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

La musique savante manque notre dsir

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

The same bourgeois magic everywhere the mail train sets you down.

- Arthur Rimbaud

These verses believe; they love; they hope; that is all.

- Complete Works, Arthur Rimbaud

Peut-on s'extasier dans la destruction, se rajeunir par la cruaut !

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.

- Arthur Rimbaud

No one's serious at seventeen, When lindens line the promenades

- Arthur Rimbaud

The world progresses! Why shouldn’t it turn as well?

- Arthur Rimbaud

La mano per scrivere vale la mano per arare.

- Arthur Rimbaud

I saw that all living things were doomed, to bliss: that's not living; it's just a way to waste what we have, a drain.

- Arthur Rimbaud

The Poet, therefore, is truly the thief of fire.

- Rimbaud: Poems, Arthur Rimbaud

But to explore the invisible and to hear the unheard are very different from reviving the dead: Baudelaire is therefore first among seers, the king of poets, a true God.

- Arthur Rimbaud

Cement in bold relief,—far underground. I lean my elbows on the table, and the lamp lights brightly the newspapers I am fool enough to re-read, and the absurd books.

- Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud