Maurice Maeterlinck was born 29 August 1862, and died 6 May 1949
- Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence.
- Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past.
- The truth that seems discouraging does in reality only transform the courage of those strong enough to accept it; and, in any event, a truth that disheartens, because it is true, is still of far more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods.
- If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.
- How strangely do we diminish a thing as soon as we try to express it in words.
- Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance.
- We are never the same with others as when we are alone. We are different, even when we are in the dark with them.
Maeterlinck was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911.