To abandon oneself to principles is really to die—and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Topics: Gratitude, Appreciation, Blessings, Life
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants
When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.
To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.
To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad… . Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.
Topics: Opportunity, Media, Doubt, Freedom, Uncertainty
An achievement is bondage.It obliges one to a higher achievement.
Whoever today speaks of human existence in terms of power, efficiency, and “historical tasks” is an actual or potential assassin.
The principles which men give to themselves end by overwhelming their noblest intentions.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
Topics: Identity, Awareness, Action, Being True to Yourself, Self-Knowledge, Self-Discovery
Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.
Topics: History, Historians
Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
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