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.
You need to have a God, a lover, and an enemy, says the poet. Exactly: you need to have three enemies.
In love, it is the weak who strike and the strong who caress.
True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed.
Try not to turn your life into a race, least of all an obstacle race.
When there is nothing to fear is the time to begin fearing everything.
We say of an animal that it is intelligent, and we say the same thing of a woman; but in neither case is it usually appropriate, clearly for very different reasons.
When the English have scored a goal, they think nothing more remains to be done.
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!
I fear only that which I love, says man, according to Montaigne. Woman replies: I love only that which I fear.
The barometer that shows "variable" is an ironic indictment of God.
Morality measured in centimeters: all mothers believe that only their daughters dance decently.
A rocket is a reed that thinks brilliantly.
Erik Satie does not say the opposite of Debussy; he says the same thing only the other way round.
The quality of a man's mind can generally be judged by the size of his wastepaper basket.
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