Jacques Prevert

(4 February 1900 – 11 April 1977 / Neuilly-sur-Seine)

Quotations

  • ''An orange on the table,
    Your dress on the rug,
    And you in my bed,
    Sweet present of the present,
    Cool of night,
    Warmth of my life.''
    Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. "Alicante," Paroles (1946), trans. by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1958).
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  • ''Man
    You beheld the saddest and dreariest of all the flowers of the earth
    And as with other flowers you gave it a name
    You called it Thought.''
    Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. Flowers and Wreaths, Paroles (1946), trans. by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1958). Opening lines of poem.
  • ''Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.''
    Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. "Intermede," Spectacle (1951).
  • ''When truth is no longer free, freedom is no longer real: the truths of the police are the truths of today.''
    Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. "Intermède," Spectacle (1951).
  • ''Our Father which art in heaven
    Stay there
    And we will stay on earth
    Which is sometimes so pretty.''
    Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), French poet. Pater Noster, Paroles (1946; rev.1949), trans. by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1958). Opening lines.

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Le miroir brisé

Le petit homme qui chantait sans cesse
le petit homme qui dansait dans ma tête
le petit homme de la jeunesse
a cassé son lacet de soulier
et toutes les baraques de la fête
tout d'un coup se sont écroulées
et dans le silence de cette fête
j'ai entendu ta voix heureuse
ta voix déchirée et fragile

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