Andre Lamartin

Words once spoken or written can resonate far beyond the limits of our own personal understanding, affecting the lives of people in distant lands and in distant times. I started this page so that I could share some of what I find meaningful about the human condition. Words and ideas can change the world only by first changing ourselves. Through written self-expression, not only may others come to know us, we may come to know ourselves.

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July 26, 2020

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To change the world outside, first change the world within, many are those who died not knowing where to begin. The true riches of this world are all carried inside, those who think all is bought and sold have already died. There is no price that can be paid for what cannot be sold, the truth ascribing meaning to this life one can never trade, for money or for gold. Those who live under stress sometimes tend to forget: a life of blind excess leads only to regret. But those of us fortunate enough t...

July 23, 2020

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A man is only made less by his own contempt for others. Tragically inebriated by a false sense of entitlement and superiority, the arrogant fail to understand that every teacher should also remain a student, and that every student may have something to teach. Humility is a foreign language the arrogant neither speak nor would ever care to learn, frequently misunderstood as a sign of weakness that only invites wanton abuse. Living in an age where so many leaders embrace arrogance as a political ass...

July 21, 2020

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The job of an artist is not to succumb to despair, but to find beauty and meaning almost anywhere. So long exploring the mosaic of experience is not a crime, anything prosaic can be made sublime. There is so much an artist can hope to achieve when his audience he does not deceive, a redeeming light can always be found, even if darkness all seems to surround. If the truth is out of reach, the price of experience one must pay, though the past has much to teach, from the present never stray. Beauty p...

December 31, 2019

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The New Year brings the hope of starting life anew, a chance to learn from the mistakes of the past, while to your dreams and aspirations staying true. Always believe that tomorrow can be better than today, never allow yesterday's sorrow to intrude on a new day. Perspective is always gained by those who travel far, no choice is made in vain, when it defines who we are. Planning for the future depends on learning from the past, time is an unforgiving ruler demanding answers to questions asked. May...

December 25, 2019

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Why must every generation sacrifice its youth for supposedly wise old men deaf to innocent cries? When will we ever learn to live for the truth, instead of dying for the same old lies? Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will truly be called the children of God. Of the highest moral rules they are never the lawbreakers, while baseless murder the blind so jingoistically applaud. Flagrant is the debasement of a nation when there is no modicum of dignity to war because immoral are the rules of enga...

November 3, 2019

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Uncomfortable silence may sometimes be a preferable armistice to a war of words that can never be won. When conversing with those willing to embrace wanton self-destruction as the guiding principle of public policy, relying on rational arguments only leads to unnecessary acrimony. There is little that the art of democratic persuasion can accomplish when the national self-interest has already given way to the primal defense of personal emotions, and vested interests inimical to the public good. As...

September 11, 2019

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Life is the only choice a fighter ever makes, indomitable is the spirit that bends but never breaks. When the time arrives when you must rise again, the courage of one is felt by all men. There is a journey to be resumed, a call that must be answered still, a life that must not be consumed by the fear that has so many killed. If reaching a heavenly destination is the definition of success, many are the obstacles that still must be surpassed, while traveling along a righteous, but godforsaken path....

November 11, 2018

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Old age arrives when dreams are expelled from the realm of possibility. When tomorrow seems less welcoming than today, and imagination is enslaved by the present day. Bound to worries never set aside, even when the problems of the future are taken in stride. This is when old age arrives, when the future no longer bears the promise of many lives, and all possibilities collapse into one certainty: that tomorrow won't be better than today, all one has is what remains of this day. Heaven being so far...

November 7, 2018

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Sensitive is the heart that easily understands another as well as himself. Communication lines rarely breakdown amid conversations marked by mutual emotional understanding, when there is a clear delineation of the invisible boundaries that restrain comments and questions pertaining to sensitive issues, some of which may not even be entirely germane. The needs of another are always taken into account, as questions chisel away a past personal history involving joyful or painful memories that remain.

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November 5, 2018

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The most convincing lies are the lies we tell ourselves. They are tailored to dress our weaknesses. They are tailored to conceal ourselves. I once loved a woman only by first lying to myself. I refused to see her faults, despite knowing her so well. My blindness was my weakness, my refusal to confront myself. You can never be true to another, unless you are first true to yourself. The true definition of beauty one is sometimes bound to forget… attractive bodies have a troubled history, and blindne...

November 4, 2018

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Leaving behind your loved ones is never an easy task, but no family life is made whole again by chaining yourself to the past. There comes a time when a man must leave his former self, escaping the mindless servitude of a life that renders him perennially unwell, travelling to a foreign land where he may find a new home. The goal is not to escape from himself, but simply to escape from the person he would become if he no longer feared Hell. A person that no longer complains about the problems that...

September 24, 2018

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If music were a personal expression of the human condition, an accession into a heaven of melodic beauty and harmonic progression, where words were imbued with the lifeblood of the artist, meant to exude true feelings and emotions, harnessed by uncompromising talent for a compromised market, where the tempo is set by the heartbeat of life, helping us cope with the day´s early strife, than I would be its number one fan, for music would comprise the soul of man.A lifetime I spent believing this to b...

February 9, 2018

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When a body is broken, but a spirit is never slain, courage has no greater token than a faith that never wanes. Murdered under orders for offering divine guidance, the memory of the martyrs should never be silenced. They all faced persecution, remaining steadfast to the end. They all faced execution for a love that all transcends. Answering every lie solely with the Truth, having lost their lives for an eternity far from view, but to their hearts always close, with a courage meant for few. They we...

January 27, 2018

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The true distance separating two human beings cannot be bridged solely by our eyes, as beauty never truly touches the heart, while silence keeps two souls apart. Even when a silhouette astounds the eyes, a woman´s true splendor remains disguised. A man only knows he has met his wife, when life is inconceivable without her by his side. Two souls united in one flesh, two lives eternally enmeshed. The promised companionship of a wife transforming a mundane existence into an extraordinary life. But th...

January 4, 2018

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My Son,

There comes a time when all is taken away... but when there is nothing left to lose, there is everything left to gain. A man falters along his way, abandoned by his muse, accompanied by his pain. Dreams of companionship that never lived past yesterday, mornings of solitude that rise but never lay. To lose one´s bearings and sense of direction is to wander aimlessly, staring at mirrors of dejection. Seeing whom you once were, redefining whom you presently are, choices you can no longer defer...

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