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'Cyrano de Bergerac' Quotes

Edmond Rostand's Classic Play - Love, War & Loss

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Cyrano de Bergerac, french literature

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Cyrano de Bergerac is the most famous play by Edmond Rostand. The work is about Cyrano, a marvelous character--witty, passionate and full of vitality. He is known for his big nose, and he falls in love with his beautiful cousin, Roxane. Here are a few quotes from Cyrano de Bergerac:
  • "What if she turns out to be a prude--or an intellectual? I wouldn't dare speak to her, I don't have the brains. The way people speak and write nowadays makes my head hurt. I'm just an honest, simple, terrified soldier."
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "He's famous for his long--sword."
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "Cyrano de Bergerac, that specter, that paragon,
    That terror of trifles from Norway to Aragon,
    Both genius and monster, unique, unexplainable,
    He has every quirk and every virtue obtainable.
    His clothes? As outlandish as his personality--
    Three huge plumes for his hat--'To hell with frugality!'
    Bizarrest of all the birds hatched out of Gascony-
    Is your cause a lost one? You've only to ask and he
    Will rush to defend you with wit and audacity,
    With valor beyond mankind's normal capacity,
    This dreamer whose vigor, whose kindness, whose verity
    Are great as his nose--God forgive my temerity!--
    But truly that nose is the glorious cross he bears,
    Like some raging sardonic demon's emboss he wears.
    I've heard strangers cry, 'Wait--and we'll see it taken off!'
    But that man's nasal destiny cannot be shaken of!"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "Swine! Did I not forbid you to appear?!"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1
  • "My nose is Gargantuan! You little Pig-snout, you tiny Monkey-Nostrils, you virtually invisible Pekinese-Puss, don't you realize that a nose like mine is both scepter and orb, a monument to me superiority? A great nose is the banner of a great man, a generous heart, a towering spirit, an expansive soul--such as I unmistakably am, and such as you dare not to dream of being, with your bilious weasel's eyes and no nose to keep them apart! With your face as lacking in all distinction--as lacking, I say, in interest, as lacking in pride, in imagination, in honesty, in lyricism--in a word, as lacking in nose as that other offensively bland expanse at the opposite end of your cringing spine--which I now remove from my sight by stringent application of my boot!"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "My wit is more polished than your mustache. The truth which I speak strikes more sparks from men's hearts than your spurs do from the cobblestones."
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "Thus I toss my poor hat aside,
    And shrug off my threadbare cape,
    The crowd's eyes are open wide
    And many a mouth is agape,
    As I take my sword by the nape
    And draw out its form so fine
    From which there is no escape,
    For tonight, Valvert--you are mine!
    Too bad that you chose to deride
    This vicious old Bergerac ape
    (My teeth are as hard as my hide),
    Yet when you are dead I will drape
    Your corpse with the finest of crepe,
    So that all know your taste was 'divine,'
    Though you should have avoided a scrape
    With the master--for now, you are mine!
    I must find now a sharp rhyme for 'pride'--
    You're panting, you're red as a grape!
    Is that ardor or terror inside?
    What began as a lark, as a jape,
    Now concludes with a rout, with a rape,
    With your virginal courage supine,
    As a puddle on honor's landscape-
    Turn around, little girl--you are mine!"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "It's a shame, sir, to alter a shape
    As refined, as expensive as thine,
    But, to spare you life's endless red tape,
    I will edit you--There you are mine!"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "I know. I outnumber them, but I shall go gently with them at first."
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "Does it seem strange: a hundred cutthroats against one poor poet? It is not strange. It is a minimal defense, mademoiselle--(Drawing his sword; quietly.)--when that poet is a friend of Cyrano de Bergerac."
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

  • "You're a genuinely good man. There aren't many of you left."
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 2

  • "His face is like yours, burning with spirit and imagination. He is proud and noble and young and fearless and beautiful--"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 2

  • "(Hand on the hilt of his sword.) I shall mortalize the lot of you!"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 2

  • "I would die at the stake rather than change a semi-colon!"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 2

  • "Do they? Those large empty machines which twist and turn in every gust of fashion?"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 2

  • "Beware: they can gather you easily in their lofty arms and hurl you down to the gutter!
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 2

  • "It is addressed to the bravest, the brainiest, the blondest, the most beautiful woman on earth! How could she think it was meant for anyone but her?"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 2

  • "You're not totally immune to me, are you? (Roxane smiles cryptically.) Why else would you concoct such a delicious revenge? It must be a gesture of love."
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 3

  • "Yes, it is perfect. Your white gown swathed in the blue-black mantle of night. I am only a voice, and you are a point of light. I may have spoken Beautifully to you in the past--"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 3

  • "Through the whirlwind which your eyes stir up inside me. But now, in this blessed darkness, I feel I am speaking to you for the first time."
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 3

  • "And what is a kiss, specifically? A pledge properly sealed, a promise seasoned to taste, a vow stamped with the immediacy of a lip, a rosy circle drawn around the verb 'to love.' A kiss is a message too intimate for the ear, infinity captured in the bee's brief visit to a flower, secular communication with an aftertaste of heaven, the pulse rising from the heart to utter its name on a lover's lip: 'Forever.'"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 3

  • "God's whiskers! Your face is hideous as the demon's in my storybook!"
    - Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 3

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