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A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.
A profound thought is in a constant process of becoming.
A stranger to myself and to the world armed solely with a thought that negates itself as soon as it asserts, what is this condition in which I can have peace only by refusing to know. . .
A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.
Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom.
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
Alas! After a certain age every man is responsible for the face he has.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
Art does not tolerate reason.
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise. . .that denseness and that strangeness of the world is absurd.
Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole time.
Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined.
Between my mother and justice I choose my mother.
Charm is getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.
Death for us all, but his own death to each.
Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day.
Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; don't walk behind me, I may not lead; walk beside me, and just be my friend.
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