We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be.
Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
Being right is less important to us than the freedom to be wrong.
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.
Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
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.
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
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.
To be adult is to be alone.
Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.
The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
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.
Theories pass. The frog remains.
Already at the origin of the species man was equal to what he was destined to become.
Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.
I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.
To reflect is to disturb one's thoughts.
Far too often the choices reality proposes are such as to take away one's taste for choosing.
Hatred, for the man who is not engaged in it, is a little like the odor of garlic for one who hasn't eaten any.
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