A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.
For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
Category: Crime And Criminals
Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death.
Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
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.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.
You can't create experience. You must undergo it.
Alas after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face.
We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.
Absolute virtue is impossible and the republic of forgiveness leads, with implacable logic, to the republic of the guillotine.