Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
He who has dreamed for long resembles his dream.
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
The twenty-first century will be spiritual or it will not be.
What is Man? A miserable little pile of secrets.
To understand what the outside of an aquarium looks like, it's better not to be a fish.
In the realm of human destiny, the depth of man's questionings is more important than his answers.
I don't argue with my enemies; I explain to their children.
A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life's problems without asking its question.
One can fool life for a long time, but in the end it always makes us what we were intended to be.
Nothing is harder than to get people to think about what they are going to do.
The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness.
The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself.
There's no such thing as a grown up person.
The world of art is not a world of immortality but of metamorphosis.
The most important thing in life is to see to it that you are never beaten.
And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.
An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please.
If you can't make art, make your life a work of art.
The artist is not the transcriber of the world, he is its rival.
The terrible thing about death is that it transforms life into destiny.
To love a painting is to feel that this presence is ... not an object but a voice.
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