Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.
None of us can estimate what we do when we do it from instinct.
Life is a very sad piece of buffoonery, because we have … the need to fool ourselves continuously by the spontaneous creation of a reality … which, from time to time, reveals itself to be vain and illusory.
Topics: Awareness, Acceptance, Realization
Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.
Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!
Topics: Books, Literature
Life is full of infinite absurdities, which, strangely enough, do not even need to appear plausible, because they are true.
Woman — for example, look at her case! She turns tantalizing inviting glances on you. You seize her. No sooner does she feel herself in your grasp than she closes her eyes. It is a sign of her mission, the sign by which she says to man: “Blind yourself, for I am blind.”
Topics: Women, Love
Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be — like the reality of yesterday — an illusion tomorrow.
When the characters are really alive before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action, in their words, in the situations which they suggest to him.
Topics: Authors & Writing, Fiction
I would love to spend all my time writing to you; I’d love to share with you all that goes through my mind, all that weighs on my heart, all that gives air to my soul; phantoms of art, dreams that would be so beautiful if they could come true.
Topics: Authors & Writing, Writing, Writers
Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life.
Topics: Goals, Aspirations, Life and Living
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