Quotes from Postman Cheval

A monumental book, the Ideal Palace is decorated with multiple inscriptions, poems and statements, offering a reflection on willpower, death, the passing of time...

By Postman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Borrowed Quote

On the Ideal Palace, nearly all the quotes come directly from the Postman, but some of them were borrowed from famous figures, For the brave heart, nothing is impossible is from Jacques Cœur. 

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

1879

The year in which the Postman begins to construct his Ideal Palace.

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

1879-1912

The Postman inscribes the time he spent working on his monument.

Quotes of postman Cheval/ Ouest facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Birth of the Ferdinand Cheval

In his monument, the Postman Cheval has written his own date of birth, to leave his mark.

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Enter the Wheelbarrow

Over all these years of hard work beside the Postman, his wheelbarrow remained loyal. For 33 years, each evening, he set out with it to collect the stones that he had left on the side of the path. A special place was created for the wheelbarrow inside the Palace.

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

His Faithful Wheelbarrow

My companion in suffering

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

I am the faithful companion of the intelligent worker who, each day, in his company, searched for his small share.

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The warmth shown by the Postman Cheval to his Tools

This wall is full of quotes which reinforce the notion of a friendship between the Postman and his various tools, from his pot, to a trowel, to a spade...

It was I, his wheelbarrow, who had the honor of accompanying him in his labor over 27 years.

Quotes of postman Cheval / Belvedere (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Each time you look at me, you see your life pass you by. It's not time that passes, it is us.

Quotes of postman Cheval / Gallery (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

The Postman's Determination 

One of Postman Cheval's most remarkable traits was his will-power and determination.

My will has been as strong as this rock. 

Quotes of postman Cheval / Gallery (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

By creating this rock, I wanted to prove what willpower is capable of.

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Entrance to the Egyptian Tomb

On the Ideal Palace's East facade, Postman Cheval even created an Egyptian tomb, where he wanted to be buried, next to his wife. However, the Church and the Town Hall rejected this request.

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Here, equality, the young and the old shall come together in eternal fraternityThe simplicity of the body makes for a virtuous soul.

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

1882, on the path of life, I fought bravely alone in the quest of finding true glory.

Quotes of postman Cheval/ Est facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Arabic Inscriptions

These Arabic inscriptions are the souvenir of an Egyptian visitor's trip to the Palace in 1910, which Postman Cheval copied, at the feet of his three Giants. Meaning: None may claim that sweetness is in love, whilst love is more bitter than patience.

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The Gallery

A poem by Emile Roux Parassac, in tribute to the monument. It is after this poem that Postman Cheval named his Ideal Palace.

Quotes of postman Cheval / Gallery (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Life without aim is a Chimera.

Quotes of postman Cheval / Gallery (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

God Protects Genius

The gallery is full of quotes about the concept of genius.

Quotes of postman Cheval / Gallery (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

The Pantheon of an Obscure Hero
This quote proves that this monument was intended as a tomb.

Quotes of postman Cheval / Gallery (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

One Day, This Rock Will Surely Speak
In this quote, we can read that the Postman was convinced that his work would outlive him, over the years. It is engraved at the end of a long corridor in the Palace's Gallery.

Quotes of postman Cheval / West facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Where thoughts become reality

Dreams come to be.

Quotes of postman Cheval / South facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

The Queen of the Cave

Quotes of postman Cheval / North facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

The importance of religion

Amongst the recurrent themes in the quotes of the Palace, religion appears several times, and not only in relation to Biblical tradition.

Mosque (Detail of the Ideal Palace) (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

One of the entrances to the Gallery is a mosque. This shows the universalist nature of Ferdinand Cheval's work. 

Quotes of postman Cheval / East facade (1879/1912) by Ferdinand ChevalPostman Cheval's Ideal Palace

Creation of a world full of fantasy

In the Ideal Palace, the Postman wrote over 60 quotes, that can be seen here in Hauterives.

The minutes of leisure that my service allowed me, I built this palace in one thousand and one nights, where I engraved my memory.

Credits: Story

This story written by Adriano de La Baume and Oliver Cros, during their junior high school internship, introduced you the most interesting quotes engraved on the ideal Palace. We hope you enjoyed this virtual exhibition and we invite you to come and take a closer look at the Palace. 

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