We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be.
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.
Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
When I was young I pitied the old. Now old, it is the young I pity.
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
Being right is less important to us than the freedom to be wrong.
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.
It is horrible to see everything that one detested in the past coming back wearing the colors of the future.
To live is often to struggle toward goals one has no desire to reach.
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.
Marriage simplifies life and complicates the day.
In our ideals we unwittingly reveal our vices.
There are some persons we could not cut down to size without diminishing ourselves as well.
Science had better not free the minds of men too much, before it has tamed their instincts.
The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
Literature: proclaiming in front of everyone what one is careful to conceal from one's immediate circle
We give others praise which we ourselves don't believe, as long as they respond with praise we can believe.
The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.
The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
There are moments when very little truth would be enough to shape opinion. One might be hated at extremely low cost.
What makes our opponents useful is that they allow us to believe that without them we would be able to realize our goals.
Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.
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