If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
Nothing develops intelligence like travel.
I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
The only basis for living is believing in life, loving it, and applying the whole force of one's intellect to know it better.
Man's highest duty is to protect animals from cruelty.
Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.
Did science promise happiness? I do not believe it. It promised truth, and the question is to know if we will ever make happiness with truth.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
Truth is on the march, and nothing will stop it.
I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul.
Respectable people... What bastards!
Governments are suspicious of literature because it is a force that eludes them.
I am spending delightful afternoons in my garden, watching everything living around me. As I grow older, I feel everything departing, and I love everything with more passion.
The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
Everything is only a dream.
Blow the candle out, I don't need to see what my thoughts look like.
There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.
If people can just love each other a little bit, they can be so happy.
The past was but the cemetery of our illusions: one simply stubbed one's toes on the gravestones.
If you shut up truth, and bury it underground, it will but grow.
The conclusion does not belong to the artist.
When you have a sorrow that is too great it leaves no room for any other.
Lovers are made by a kiss.
Art for me...is a negation of society, an affirmation of the individual, outside of all the rules and all the demands of society.
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