A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.
To be ready to fail is to be prepared for success.
Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.
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.
Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing
To be thirsty and to drink water is the perfection of sensuality rarely achieved. Sometimes you drink water; other times you are thirsty.
The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer...
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.
Erik Satie does not say the opposite of Debussy; he says the same thing only the other way round.
Skepticism is provisional, even if it lasts a lifetime.
The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.
The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's.
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.
True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed.
All true tradition usually appears revolutionary.
To be young is to live in the hope of escaping youth; to be old, in the despair of having succeeded.
You need to have a God, a lover, and an enemy, says the poet. Exactly: you need to have three enemies.
The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward. The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward.
Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts.
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