We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be.
I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.
It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.
On the brink of being satiated, desire still appears infinite.
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
Being right is less important to us than the freedom to be wrong.
Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind.
It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.
To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood - we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.
The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
Theories pass. The frog remains.
Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.
To be adult is to be alone.
A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it.
Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.
There are things that don't deserve to be said briefly.
The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.
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