The crimes of extreme civilization are probably worse than those of extreme barbarism, because of their refinement, the corruption they presuppose, and their superior degree of intellectuality.
Next to the wound, what women make best is the bandage.
The artist's morality lies in the force and truth of his description.
They had...finished their lives before their death - which is not always the end of life and often comes long before the end.
Happy men are grave. They carry their happiness cautiously, as they would a glass filled to the brim which the slightest movement could cause to spill over, or break.
Yet, whether to the glory or to the shame of human nature, in what we call pleasure (with an excess of scorn, perhaps) there are abysses as deep as those of love.
Passions are less mischievous than boredom, for passions tend to diminish and boredom increase.
We priests are the surgeons of souls, and it is our duty to deliver them of shameful secrets they would fain conceal, with hands careful to neither wound no pollute.
The crimes of extreme civilization are certainly more atrocious than those of extreme barbarism.
For in Paris, whenever God puts a pretty woman there (the streets), the Devil, in reply, immediately puts a fool to keep her.
I did not want to be taken for a fool-the typical French reason for performing the worst of deeds without remorse.
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