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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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...

December 18, 2017

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Andre my dear,

Lest you decide to waste another year, the facts of life should be made clear. How can you be alive in Christ by being dead to the world? Even your salvation is priced, a cost unpaid in the dreamworld. So pay attention to what I say, you better learn how to care, this could be your final day: you don't have the time to spare! Why worry about others, when nobody worries about yourself? In this unforgiving social order, it is every man for himself! A life of competition leaves no time...

December 10, 2017

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So much have I to learn in life, but this much is clear to me: there is no greater sacrifice than the love of Christ for me. His humility conquered pride, his compassion conquered greed. For my sake having died, for my sake he chose to bleed. All he ever asked in return: that in God I believe. From his life I should learn how myself not to deceive. His wisdom has been my guide, the only aid in times of need. Always walking by my side many times he took the lead.When surrounding darkness made me bl...

December 8, 2017

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When challenging silence for a duel, only use your voice when knowing what to say, life is always cruel to those taking time for a fool: respecting silence never led anyone astray. But there is no point rendering advice if not following it myself: wisdom easily becomes a vice if unapplied to oneself. When trying to write, there is always so much to be said, but a hollowness inside garbled the words inside my head. Writing is pointless unless your words are true, but denuding my weakness will never...

December 7, 2017

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A life of shared values, shared hopes and shared dreams. Companionship to fill the silence, envelopes bearing romance, a love reigning supreme. Two bodies interwoven, two souls eternally enlaced, coalescing into one being in a divine state of grace. A couple standing in defiance before the gale force winds of life. A relationship of mutual reliance where insensitivity was a crime. Undying love, unifying trust, conversations always rhymed. Being always gentle, always kind to my one and only future...

December 6, 2017

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One soul in two bodies abides, separated by flesh, united by life. A heartbeat that fades but never dies. More than a dream, this was my life, for a few endless summers of blinding light. She was my girl, my chosen wife. The reason I laughed and the reason I cried: a love once carried so deep inside. What memories remain now come to life, at considerable strain of heart soul and mind. These were the days when love reigned supreme: a shared lifetime in a vivid dream. Her absence was pain, her heart...

December 4, 2017

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A man who wants to rule the world cannot rule himself: arrogance never set limits to a megalomaniacal self. So heed an admonishment that safeguards tranquility: temporal power is inversely proportional to humility, a verity to consider before accepting great responsibility. For the unbridled lust for power consumes all on its way; every principle does boundless arrogance blindly sway. The sole judge a tyrant respects is his own mirror reflection, the sole arbiter of his actions impervious to corre...

December 3, 2017

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In a world that worships deception aimed at personal gain, speaking the truth seems an act of self-harm done only in vain. Your words can become daggers plunged deep on your back, a reason for scorn and future regret. Lies seem so comforting for they can conceal… weaknesses and insecurities having no public appeal. But when your words are untrue, they also imprison yourself, in a fictional world acquiring a life of itself. Upon becoming an actor in real life, one abandons his true ideals, embracin...

December 3, 2017

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Much of life boils down to simple truths having complex ramifications, as simplicity can be deceptively complex. One such truth is that life is like language, every word has meaning. Some are defined by dictionaries, others only in life itself. But the truth is not self-evident: all words were not created equal.

The most important words in life are all abstract nouns, words that signify ideas, qualities or states, but never concrete objects. Love, compassion, justice, beauty, wisdom, faith and peac...

December 2, 2017

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Love first disputed the laws of mathematics as a child. While excavating through the archaeological site my mother called our family’s photo album, I asked how my parents met. They met in High School, dated shortly afterwards, attended the same university, married after graduation, worked at the same job, had a family, shared the same life. High School sweethearts who became partners for life, soulmates for eternity. Companions in times of joy, companions in times of hardship. Never an acerbic exc...

November 30, 2017

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Ignorance is the greatest tyranny in a democracy. When the people are given a voice, education should always loudly speak, only then will the people really have a choice, only then will the vote really empower the weak. The freedom to choose implies an enormous responsibility: an individual choice misguided by ignorance generates a social liability. The people cannot freely choose if they are blind to their own interests. By winning they only stand to lose, when their choice is undermined by ignor...

November 25, 2017

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Never treat today with disdain, for tomorrow no certainty brings. Never ignore the lessons yesterday retains, so the present is given wings. No pain is experienced in vain when wisdom crowns the King, valiantly overruling fate, sprinting through the strait and narrow gate, breathing life into dreams, only a carefully planned tomorrow ever brings. For the pain today never cared to explain, only tomorrow can answers bring. When of the present one is mortally scared, life from future´s fountain no lo...

November 22, 2017

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A human being is the sum of his moral choices, a measure of the strength of his faith and character. Though in life he may speak with many voices, of his words and actions he remains the inheritor. The consequences of his decisions are borne by those affected, but they also belong to the vision those results selected. Nor the towering heights of his accomplishment, nor the abyssal depths of his blunder, are solely deserving of acknowledgement: all life not ascribed to one mistake or wonder. The fu...

November 20, 2017

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Be careful where you place your hope, for hope never stands, when supported below by ever shifting sands. Every man needs a rock to bear his own weight; standing on sand is tempting fate. Only God ever provides a solid resting place, where everlasting hope meets everlasting grace. When feeling abandoned by all those around you, remember your Father remains always beside you. Though God may to your eyes occasionally remain unseen, his presence remains alive in your hopes and in your dreams. The ete...

November 18, 2017

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We monetize paintings; we monetize art. We monetize people; we monetize life. What becomes of a human being with a monetized heart? At what point does ascribing numbers tear our souls apart? These are priceless questions already answered in my time: what matters most in life cannot be valued by our eyes. A monetized heart sees only a world of numbers, where low-priced souls sleep eternally encumbered. To stand against the value by society ascribed, an individual must refuse to a minor role be circ...

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is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
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