Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
Life is the sum of all your choices.
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
This is the century of fear.
If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another, and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself.
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
The slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown. He must dominate in his turn.
He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
Love cannot accept what it is. Everywhere on earth it cries out against kindness, compassion, intelligence, everything that leads to compromise. Love demands the impossible, the absolute, the sky on fire, inexhaustible springtime, life after death, and death itself transfigured into eternal life.
In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Politics, and the fate of mankind, are shaped by men without ideals and without greatness.
We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.