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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November 15, 2017

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The scars of war never fade: wounded memories are never displayed. They are carried inside wherever you go, a different yesterday you will never know. When you become a stranger in your own home, your mind is destined always to roam. As valor becomes a punishable crime, an imprisoned mind serves endless time. The mind is taken as a prisoner of war, when battles claim so much more, than the soldier first pledged when allegiance he swore. What is victory if solitude remains, the price of freedom for...

November 14, 2017

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Fame is public nudity. For some this means the willful exposure to the unforgiving power of the elements solely for self-aggrandizement. For others it is an imposition dictated by chance or personal accomplishment. Whichever the case may be, if you cannot face the crowd, never make them proud. The consequences are life changing for some, deadly for others. Understanding our fascination with fame teaches us more about ourselves than about famous people themselves. Two famous artists who had a lasti...

November 12, 2017

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Machiavelli said to keep your friends close, while keeping your enemies closer still, but no one can ever hurt you as much as a loved one ever will. When betrayal willfully destroys the bond of love uniting two people, the resulting excruciating pain is directly proportional to the emotional investment once made. Pain inflicted by an enemy is the natural consequence of rage, but pain inflicted by a loved one is an unnatural deformation of the noblest emotion, one that should never age. Whether the...

November 11, 2017

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Modesty makes you travel. The modest refuse to believe that their world is the world itself. Only the modest realize that no single place can contain the vastness of life and the enormity of a human being. We set out to discover new lands, only to discover a new self. Traveling is not merely an education of our senses; it is an education of our selves, an affirmation, and reassessment of our most deeply held ideas, beliefs, views and feelings. Modesty never pays for your travel tickets, nor does i...

November 10, 2017

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Since life is a delicious buffet of the senses, satisfy your appetites at any expenses! Short are the days and nights filled with song, the questions of life only suffering prolong... The greatest lie of all: believing only one Truth can be found, for the endless questions of now, countless answers abound. Abide by your conscience and no other ruler, there is no greater power deciding your future! The only true sin is not forgiving yourself: the tragedy of life is creating your Hell. The embrace o...

November 10, 2017

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Only experience writes poetry today, recalling a life boldly lived yesterday. When songs of sorrow and words of joy, filled the silence left by tomorrow´s void. Dreams of a future bound never to arrive, hopes of a love whose embers burn alive. Words written only to find a welcoming home, in the heart of a woman never a tome. When should a poet ever bury the past, when the present seems forever to last? Can any words ever set his soul free, imprisoned in a poem he can no longer flee? A yesterday ne...

November 8, 2017

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The price one pays for arrogance is never seeing past the horizon of personal experience, for the limitations of our lives are not the limitations of human existence. Life is a continuous learning process, requiring great humility, because our perception of human existence expands as we amass experience, and there is always more to life than revealed by our current personal understanding. One day, these cautionary words were all insensitively trampled by someone who told me that love and faith sim...

November 7, 2017

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Feeling sorry for myself never solved any problems, but sometimes, it certainly helped. It gave me the time to learn from past wrongs, and the foresight to avoid future mistakes. A man who cannot understand himself becomes a directionless victim of fate. Unable to be of service to others, abiding by rules that only chance and circumstance dictate. The man I was yesterday is not the man I am today. Every new experience changes my world in subtle ways. Knowing yourself is not a task undertaken only...

November 6, 2017

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Brothers raised in the same household share memories of life that never grow old. Sharing a room while keeping the peace is the first lesson of brotherhood later taken to the streets. Parents ask the older brother to be a role model, but the temptation of harassment frequently seduces the apostle. Arguments come, but always subside; no transgression survives the passage of time. Sharing a childhood is no small feat; these formative years are of life lessons replete. When a brother´s weight becomes...

November 5, 2017

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Heartbreak sometimes limits the reach of your mind, concealing from memory bright days left behind. As I turn to the past and try to recall, the moments of happiness that once sang so loud, there is an impenetrable shroud of darkness and pain, an inscrutable void that over my mind still reigns. Where does the memory of a broken heart reside, when all your tears have finally dried, but deep inside you still silently cry? Has loss simply effaced from my mind, the memories of all roses and love lette...

November 5, 2017

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Sincere words never age. They create chains in time, binding the past to the present, giving meaning to life. Their significance remains true and untouched by the elemental forces of time. These chains of meaning forged across the passage of days form the bonds of love that comprise life. This verity explains the centrality of dialogue in every human relationship, but especially those bound by true love. Though physical attraction is of paramount importance, it is based solely on the shapes, lines...

November 4, 2017

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When silence is sold at a price, free speech has no value, and neither does life. Being able to stand for what you believe, freely voicing your concerns in written form or speech, is one of the greatest democratic rights a citizen needs, in defense of the liberty past generations bequeathed. Your voice is the amplification of yourself, the sound of your values and your ideas as well. No democratic citizen can be a prisoner of silence, a muted spectator of unaccountable blind guidance. He has a dut...

November 4, 2017

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Why are some left behind while others travel ahead? This question first consumed me after a classmate´s early death. Her ordeal remains a mystery only experienced from afar. Though we shared the same class, we lived in worlds apart. She came from a wealthy family, but had the simplicity of her name. Carol she was called, but she was Joy just the same. One day in Middle School, she vanished from our class. No explanations given, but as days began to pass, her silence was forgiven, Cancer now besieg...

November 3, 2017

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You never know what hides behind a smile until sincere words are spoken. You never know the true meaning of words unless followed by heartfelt actions. This is the only way to know someone. This is the only way to love them. Sincere words, heartfelt actions. This is how I finally met my one and only girlfriend.

Our paths crossed at the most improbable of intersections, that of music and law. I was a college student valiantly returning home to Brazil after my second year in Princeton, determined to...

November 2, 2017

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If you study only to gain an advantage over others, you only disadvantage yourself, for the only true purpose of education is to serve others by improving yourself. Only an educated mind guided by a sincere heart brings hope to where no light is found. The knowledge acquired as one will through compassion benefit all humankind. If we loved our neighbors as we do ourselves, no burden would be borne alone, and heartless silence would not be the wall separating ourselves. I would help you stand when...

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