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.
Literature: proclaiming in front of everyone what one is careful to conceal from one's immediate circle
Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
To live is often to struggle toward goals one has no desire to reach.
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
Being right is less important to us than the freedom to be wrong.
When I was young I pitied the old. Now old, it is the young I pity.
Marriage simplifies life and complicates the day.
In our ideals we unwittingly reveal our vices.
Science had better not free the minds of men too much, before it has tamed their instincts.
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.
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.
There are moments when very little truth would be enough to shape opinion. One might be hated at extremely low cost.
It is horrible to see everything that one detested in the past coming back wearing the colors of the future.
The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
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.
Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.
There are some persons we could not cut down to size without diminishing ourselves as well.
We give others praise which we ourselves don't believe, as long as they respond with praise we can believe.
Le biologiste passe, la grenouille reste.
The biologist passes, the frog remains.
Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.
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