When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
One must follow circumstances, use the forces about us, do in a word what we find to do.
A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself.
Topics: Authors & Writing
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!
We have drugs to make women speak, but none to keep them silent.
What we call happiness is what we do not know.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
To die for an idea sets a high price on conjecture.
We do not know what to do with this short life, but we want another that will be eternal.
The mania of thinking renders one unfit for every activity.
You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences
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.
Without the utopians of other times, men would still live in caves, miserable and naked;…utopia is the principle of all progress, and the essay into a better world.
Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He does not want to sign His name.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.
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.
What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.
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