As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.
On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn't.
The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice.
In literature, there are only oxen. The biggest ones are the geniuses-the ones who toil eighteen hours a day without tiring.
When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.
Only in this world do we laugh: in hell, it won't be possible; and in heaven, it won't be proper.
When the defects of others are perceived with so much clarity, it is because one possesses them oneself.
We must be greater than God, for we have to undo His injustice.
There are no friends; only moments of friendship.
The bourgeois are other people.
I have a remarkable memory; I forget everything. It is wonderfully convenient. It is as though the world were constantly renewing itself for me.
The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won't have a hydrant beside it.
We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it
An egotist always resents meeting another egotist as if he alone had the right to be one.
I have no religion,’ says Borneau, ‘but I respect the religion of others. Religion is sacred.’ Why this privilege, this immunity?... A believer creates God in his own image; if he is ugly, his God will be morally ugly. Why should moral ugliness be respectable?
We are ignorant of the Beyond because this ignorance is the condition of our own life. Just as ice cannot know fire except by melting and vanishing.
Life is what our character makes it. We fashion it, as a snail does its shell. A man can say: I never made a fortune because it is not in my character to be rich.
To succeed you must add water to your wine, until there is no more wine.
The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.
If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed, but that my eyes be opened wider.
It is when we are faced with death that we turn most bookish.
Wrinkles are engraved smiles.
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