A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
I am a cage, in search of a bird.
Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.
Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.
I am free and that is why I am lost.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
No sooner is it a little calmer with me than it is almost too calm, as though I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.
Love is a drama of contradictions.
You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart; imagine my heartbeat when you are in this state.
The meaning of life is that it stops.
He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.
L'éternité, c'est long ... surtout vers la fin.
All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.
Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it at every moment.
I am too tired, I must try to rest and sleep, otherwise I am lost in every respect. What an effort to keep alive! Erecting a monument does not require an expenditure of so much strength.
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back.