"Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness."
Born: 1862 AD
Died: 1949 AD, at 87 years of age.
Masterlinck wrote plays "The Princess Maleine" 1889, "The Intruder" 1890, "Pelleas and Melisande" 1892, "Joyzelle" 1903, "Mary Magdalene" 1910, libretto "Pelleas et Melisande" 1902
Nobel Prize in Literature 1911
Other well-known quotations from Masterlinck:
- "An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it."
- "All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than the animals that know nothing."
- "At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past."