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Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself-and thus make yoursel
In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious.
I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.
What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.
Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.
The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.
Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.
Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
No theory is good unless it permits, not rest, but the greatest work. No theory is good except on condition that one use it to go on beyond.