Treasure Island

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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L'automne

Un cheval s'écroule au milieu d'une allée
Les feuilles tombent sur lui
Notre amour frissonne
Et le soleil aussi.

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