Sadness flies on the wings of the morning, and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.
Only the mediocre are always at their best.
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.
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.
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.
Close your eyes, all you see is yours.
Since I love you, my loneliness begins to throw you.
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.
A man's name, title, and rank are artificial and impermanent; they do nothing to reveal what he really is, even to himself.
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.
There are no elements so diverse that they cannot be joined in the heart of a man.
One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace.
Everyone, when there's war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.
Faithful women are all alike, they think only of their fidelity, never of their husbands.
There are truths which can kill a nation.
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.
Falsehood is the jockey of misfortune.
In war-time a man is called a hero. It doesn't make him any braver, and he runs for his life. But at least it's a hero who is running away.
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.
Government defines the physical aspects of man by means of The Printed Form, so that for every man in the flesh there is an exactly corresponding man on paper.
It's odd how people waiting for you stand out far less clearly than people you are waiting for.
Is a park any better than a coal mine? What's a mountain got that a slag pile hasn't? What would you rather have in your garden--an almond tree or an oil well?
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