Paul Verlaine Quotes

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Paul Verlaine Quotes

I like this word decadent; all shimmering and purple and gold.
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Your soul is a chosen landscape
Where charming masked and costumed figures go
Playing the lute and dancing and almost
Sad beneath their fantastic disguises.
All sing in a minor key
Of all-conquering love and careless fortune
They do not seem to believe in their happiness
And their song mingles with the moonlight.
The still moonlight, sad and beautiful,
Which gives the birds to dream in the trees
And makes the fountain sprays sob in ecstasy,
The tall, slender fountain sprays among the marble statues.

— Paul Verlaine

Here are fruits, flowers, leaves and branches, and here is my heart which beats only for you.

— Paul Verlaine

Take eloquence and wring its neck.

— Paul Verlaine

Of its persistent, artless strain: Naught so can soothe a soul's own pain, As making glad another soul!

— Paul Verlaine

Night. Rain. A livid sky pierces the lacework
Of spires and towers, the silhouette of a Gothic
Town dim in the gray distance.

— Paul Verlaine

Tears fall in my heart like the rain on the town.

— Paul Verlaine

I am the Empire at the end of the decadence.

— Paul Verlaine

I love this word decadence, all shimmering in purple and gold. It suggests the subtle thoughts of ultimate civilization, a high literary culture, a soul capable of intense pleasures. It throws off bursts of fire and the sparkle of precious stones. It is redolent of the rouge of courtesans, the games of the circus, the panting of the gladiators, the spring of wild beasts, the consuming in flames of races exhausted by their capacity for sensation, as the tramp of an invading army sounds.

— Paul Verlaine

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