A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.
To be ready to fail is to be prepared for success.
Who learns most from a good book is the author.
Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin.
It may be impossible to have a revolution without crimes but that does not make revolution a crime.
There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don't dance at all.
To be thirsty and to drink water is the perfection of sensuality rarely achieved. Sometimes you drink water; other times you are thirsty.
Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing
A rocket is an experiment; a star is an observation.
To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom.
The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's.
The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.
The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward. The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward.
A rocket is a reed that thinks brilliantly.
You need to have a God, a lover, and an enemy, says the poet. Exactly: you need to have three enemies.
What is reasoned has nothing to do with what is reasonable.
When I listen to the engine of my car, I might say it sounds fine, but it would not occur to me to say "What lovely music!
When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears.
The man who spends all his time looking up to heaven is not always the best; in fact, he is usually the worst.
Happiness is always a coincidence.
A piece of advice always contains an implicit threat, just as a threat always contains an implicit piece of advice.
Life is a dangerous adventure, says the American, and he is half right: life is dangerous, but it's not an adventure.
There are no good or bad habits. All habits are, by definition, bad.
The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
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