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.
Who learns most from a good book is the author.
Tradition simply means that we need to end what began well and continue what is worth continuing
Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin.
Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.
Erik Satie does not say the opposite of Debussy; he says the same thing only the other way round.
It may be impossible to have a revolution without crimes but that does not make revolution a crime.
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.
To be thirsty and to drink water is the perfection of sensuality rarely achieved. Sometimes you drink water; other times you are thirsty.
To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom.
The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's.
A rocket is an experiment; a star is an observation.
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.
The first condition for making music is not to make a noise.
The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward. The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward.
To be young is to live in the hope of escaping youth; to be old, in the despair of having succeeded.
True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed.
Try not to turn your life into a race, least of all an obstacle race.
When the English have scored a goal, they think nothing more remains to be done.
You need to have a God, a lover, and an enemy, says the poet. Exactly: you need to have three enemies.
Morality measured in centimeters: all mothers believe that only their daughters dance decently.
I fear only that which I love, says man, according to Montaigne. Woman replies: I love only that which I fear.
Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts.
Do we have to talk in order to agree or agree in order to talk?
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