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.
There are moments when everything goes well, but don't be frightened.
When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.
I have a remarkable memory; I forget everything. It is wonderfully convenient. It is as though the world were constantly renewing itself for me.
There are no friends; only moments of friendship.
When the defects of others are perceived with so much clarity, it is because one possesses them oneself.
The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice.
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
Only in this world do we laugh: in hell, it won't be possible; and in heaven, it won't be proper.
The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.
We must be greater than God, for we have to undo His injustice.
Dreaming is to think by moonlight by the light of an inner moon.
If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.
The bourgeois are other people.
An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won't have a hydrant beside it.
To succeed you must add water to your wine, until there is no more wine.
We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it
In literature, there are only oxen. The biggest ones are the geniuses-the ones who toil eighteen hours a day without tiring.
To have a horror of the bourgeois is bourgeois.
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.
The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
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.
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.
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