Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Sadness flies on the wings of the morning, and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.
The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life.
In times of death and famine, reason is on the side of the priests-who have their own kind of logic which cries for miracles and, on occasion, invents them.
Close your eyes, all you see is yours.
To seek out in a world full of joy the one thing that is certain to give you pain, and hug it to your bosom with all your strength; that's the greatest human happiness.
Faithful women are all alike, they think only of their fidelity, never of their husbands.
If two people who love each other let a single instant wedge itself between them, it grows-it becomes a month, a year, a century; it becomes to late.
There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
To make ourselves invisible to creditors or to the envious, and even to our own worries, we can take advantage here on earth of a great democratic institution-in fact, democracy's only success-the night.
Since I love you, my loneliness begins to throw you.
A man's name, title, and rank are artificial and impermanent; they do nothing to reveal what he really is, even to himself.
The man who discovers a woman's weakness is like the huntsman in the heat of the day who finds a cool spring. He wallows in it.
There are no elements so diverse that they cannot be joined in the heart of a man.
There's a kind of permission for war which can be given only by the world's mood and atmosphere, the feel of its pulse. It would be madness to undertake a war without that permission.
One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace.
When you see a woman who can go nowhere without a staff of admirers, it is not so much because they think she is beautiful, it is because she has told them they are handsome.
Human beings are like timid punctuation marks sprinkled among the incomprehensible sentences of life.
Everyone, when there's war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.
There are truths which can kill a nation.
I remember a time when a cabbage could sell itself by being a cabbage. Nowadays it’s no good being a cabbage – unless you have an agent and pay him a commission. Nothing is free anymore to sell itself or give itself away. These days, Countess, every cabbage has its pimp.
The innocent one is he who does not explain, for whom life is both a mystery and a total light, one who does not complain... For innocence admits of neither regret nor dispute. The innocent one assumes all responsibility.
Men should only believe half of what women say. But which half?
The brave men die in war. It takes great luck or judgment not to be killed. Once‚ at least‚ the head has to bow and the knee has to bend to danger. The soldiers who march back under the triumphal arches are death's deserters.
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