© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac


by Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line)

Quote #16

But… Poetry?
Love hates that game of words!
It is a crime to fence with life—I tell you,
There comes one moment, once—and God help those
Who pass that moment by!—when Beauty stands
Looking into the soul with grave, sweet eyes
That sicken at pretty words! (III.293-298)

With Love comfortably established as a personified being now, Cyrano claims that at some point Love comes to hate shallowness, embodied by fancy but fruitless words to one’s lover. Words to Cyrano seem passive in comparison to action.

Quote #17

And when that moment comes to you and me—
What words will you?...
All those, all those, all those
That blossom in my heart, I’ll fling to you—
Armfuls of loose bloom! Love, I love beyond!
Breath, beyond reason, beyond love’s own power
Of loving! Your name is like a golden bell
Hung in my heart; and when I think of you
I tremble, and the bell swings and rings—
"Roxane!"… along my veins, "Roxane!"…
I know
All small forgotten things that once meant You—
I remember last year, the First of May,
A little before noon, you had your hair
Drawn low, that one time only. Is that strange?
You know how, after looking at the sun,
One sees red suns everywhere—so, for hours
After the flood of sunshine that you are,
My eyes are blinded by your burning hair!
ROXANE (very low)
Yes… that is… Love (III.300-316)

Cyrano sees love as obsession; how does this compare to Christian’s view?

Quote #18

Yes, that is Love—that wind
Of terrible and jealous beauty, blowing
Over me—that dark fire, that music…
Love seeketh not his own! Dear, you may take
My happiness to make you happier,
Even though you never know I gave it you—
Only let me hear sometimes, all alone,
The distant laughter of your joy!... (III.316-323)

Cyrano presents two competing aspects of love, one that is selfish and "jealous" and another that is completely selfless (and wants Roxane to "take / My happiness to make you happier"). These are the two sides of love competing in Cyrano; one side wants Roxane for himself, and the other wants to make her happy by letting her love the one she wants to: Christian.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...