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Romain Rolland Quote: “There is only one heroism in the world: to see the world as it is, and to love it.”

There is only one heroism in the world: to see the world as it is, and to love it.

— Romain Rolland



Romain Rolland Quote: “To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.”

To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “The friend who understands you, creates you.”

The friend who understands you, creates you.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Passion is like genius: a miracle.”

Passion is like genius: a miracle.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “A hero is a man who does what he can.”

A hero is a man who does what he can.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “To understand everything is to hate nothing.”

To understand everything is to hate nothing.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books.”

No one ever reads a book. He reads himself through books.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Everything is music for the born musician.”

Everything is music for the born musician.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.”

If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.”

If a man is to shed the light of the sun upon other men, he must first of all have it within himself.

— Romain Rolland



Romain Rolland Quote: “Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year, or in ten years. Think of to-day.”

Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year, or in ten years. Think of to-day.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Most men are essentially dead by thirty.”

Most men are essentially dead by thirty.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Everyone, deep down within, carries a small cemetery of those he has loved.”

Everyone, deep down within, carries a small cemetery of those he has loved.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “When nothing hampers action, the soul has fewer reasons for action.”

When nothing hampers action, the soul has fewer reasons for action.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Any man who is really a man must learn to be alone in the midst of others, to think alone for others, and, if necessary, against others.”

Any man who is really a man must learn to be alone in the midst of others, to think alone for others, and, if necessary, against others.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “It is not peace that I seek, but life.”

It is not peace that I seek, but life.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “It is the artist’s business to create sunshine when the sun fails.”

It is the artist’s business to create sunshine when the sun fails.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “There are some dead who are more alive than the living.”

There are some dead who are more alive than the living.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Love of my country does not demand that I shall hate and slay those noble and faithful souls who also love theirs.”

Love of my country does not demand that I shall hate and slay those noble and faithful souls who also love theirs.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “All these young millionaires were anarchists, of course: when a man possesses everything it is the supreme luxury for him to deny society: for in that way he can evade his responsibilities.”

All these young millionaires were anarchists, of course: when a man possesses everything it is the supreme luxury for him to deny society: for in that way he can evade his responsibilities.

— Romain Rolland



Romain Rolland Quote: “The artist is the compass which, through the raging of the storm, points steadily to the north.”

The artist is the compass which, through the raging of the storm, points steadily to the north.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “As a result of all his education, from everything he hears and sees around him, the child absorbs such a lot of lies and foolish nonsense, mixed in with essential truths, that the first duty of the adolescent who wants to be a healthy man is to disgorge it all.”

As a result of all his education, from everything he hears and sees around him, the child absorbs such a lot of lies and foolish nonsense, mixed in with essential truths, that the first duty of the adolescent who wants to be a healthy man is to disgorge it all.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “A great nation assailed by war has not only its frontiers to protect: it must also protect its good sense. It must protect itself from the hallucinations, injustices, and follies which the plague lets loose.”

A great nation assailed by war has not only its frontiers to protect: it must also protect its good sense. It must protect itself from the hallucinations, injustices, and follies which the plague lets loose.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Leave your theories. All theories, you see, even those of virtue, are bad, foolish, mischievous.”

Leave your theories. All theories, you see, even those of virtue, are bad, foolish, mischievous.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.”

One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “There is no joy other than the joy of creating. There is no man who is truly alive other than one who is creating. All others are just shadows on the earth with nothing to do with being alive. The joy of living, whether it is love or action, is the joy of creating.”

There is no joy other than the joy of creating. There is no man who is truly alive other than one who is creating. All others are just shadows on the earth with nothing to do with being alive. The joy of living, whether it is love or action, is the joy of creating.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it.”

Discussion is impossible with someone who claims not to seek the truth, but already to possess it.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Mozart was able to do what he wished in music and he never wished to so what was beyond him.”

Mozart was able to do what he wished in music and he never wished to so what was beyond him.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow.”

Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “One day History will pass judgment on each of the nations at war; she will weigh their measure of errors, lies, and heinous follies. Let us try to make ours light before her!”

One day History will pass judgment on each of the nations at war; she will weigh their measure of errors, lies, and heinous follies. Let us try to make ours light before her!

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.”

I find war detestable but those who praise it without participating in it even more so.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “The greatest human ideal is the great cause of bringing together the thoughts of Europe and Asia; the great soul of India will topple our world.”

The greatest human ideal is the great cause of bringing together the thoughts of Europe and Asia; the great soul of India will topple our world.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “I know at last what distinguishes man from animals; financial worries.”

I know at last what distinguishes man from animals; financial worries.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “You desire a popular art? Begin by having a “people” whose minds are liberated, a people not crushed by misery and ceaseless toil, not brutalized by every superstition and every fanaticism, a people of itself, and victor in the fight that is being waged today.”

You desire a popular art? Begin by having a “people” whose minds are liberated, a people not crushed by misery and ceaseless toil, not brutalized by every superstition and every fanaticism, a people of itself, and victor in the fight that is being waged today.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “There is only one necessary condition for the emergence of a new theatre, that the stage and auditorium should be open to the masses, should be able to contain a people and the actions of a people.”

There is only one necessary condition for the emergence of a new theatre, that the stage and auditorium should be open to the masses, should be able to contain a people and the actions of a people.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Each man must learn his own ideal and try to accomplish it: that is a surer way of progress than to take the ideas of another.”

Each man must learn his own ideal and try to accomplish it: that is a surer way of progress than to take the ideas of another.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Take possession of the air, submit the elements, penetrate the last redoubts of nature, make space retreat, make death retreat.”

Take possession of the air, submit the elements, penetrate the last redoubts of nature, make space retreat, make death retreat.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “I would rather have this life of combat than the moral calm and mournful stupor of these last years. God give me struggle, enemies, howling crowds, all the combot of which I am capable.”

I would rather have this life of combat than the moral calm and mournful stupor of these last years. God give me struggle, enemies, howling crowds, all the combot of which I am capable.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “Every man, every art, has its hypocrisy. The world is fed with little and many lies.”

Every man, every art, has its hypocrisy. The world is fed with little and many lies.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “History furnishes to politics all the arguments that it needs, for the chosen cause.”

History furnishes to politics all the arguments that it needs, for the chosen cause.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “The theatre, like the fresco, is art fitted to its place. And therefore it is above all else the human art, the living art.”

The theatre, like the fresco, is art fitted to its place. And therefore it is above all else the human art, the living art.

— Romain Rolland


Romain Rolland Quote: “You want to be a hero. That is why you do such silly things.”

You want to be a hero. That is why you do such silly things.

— Romain Rolland

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