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.
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.
In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
When I was young I pitied the old. Now old, it is the young I pity.
I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
We give others praise which we ourselves don't believe, as long as they respond with praise we can believe.
The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
On the brink of being satiated, desire still appears infinite.
Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror.
Theories pass. The frog remains.
Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.
Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you.
It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.
Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
In our ideals we unwittingly reveal our vices.
To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few.
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 love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to.
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.
To be adult is to be alone.
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