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At times I think and at times I am.
– Paul Valery
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.
The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.
Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other.
Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.
A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.
The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Love is being stupid together.
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.
The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.
We are enriched by our reciprocate differences.
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
A man who is ‘of sound mind’ is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.