Romain Rolland (1866-1944)

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

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

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

“A hero is a man who does what he can.”

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

“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.”

“The greatest book is not the one whose message engraves itself on the brain, but the one whose vital impact opens up other viewpoints, and from writer to reader spreads the fire that is fed by various essences, until it becomes a great conflagration.”

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

“Never do I hesitate to look squarely at the unexpected face that every passing hour unveils to us, and to sacrifice the false images of it formed in advance, however dear they may be.”


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