It is almost systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no difference between right and wrong.
Topics: Morals, Nature, Morality, Evil
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
Topics: One liners
When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.
To die for an idea sets a high price on conjecture.
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past nor complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the very essence of life.
You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences
The Sciences are beneficent. They prevent men from thinking.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women’s clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
I cling to my imperfection, as the very essence of my being.
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
We have drugs to make women speak, but none to keep them silent.
Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
The dog is a religious animal. In his savage state he worships the moon and the lights that float upon the waters. These are his gods to whom he appeals at night with long-drawn howls.
The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them. The only books I have in my library are those that other folks have lent me.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Night has come! Leaning from the window, we gaze at the vast sombre stretch of the city below us, pierced with multitudinous points of light. Jeanne presses her hand to her forehead as she leans upon the window-bar, and seems a little sad. And I say to myself as I watch her: All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves: we must die in one life before we can enter into another!
And as if answering my thought, the young girl murmurs to me.
My guardian, I am so happy; and still I feel as if I wanted to cry!
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