Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.
Category: Free Will
Hate is always a clash between our spirit and someone else's body.
It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?
One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love -- any love -- reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness.
Living is like working out a long addition sum, and if you make a mistake in the first two totals you will never find the right answer. It means involving oneself in a complicated chain of circumstances.
Category: Life And Living
Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: ''You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.''
A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man --the one he used to be.
Love is the cheapest of religions.
No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
We don't remember days; we remember moments.
We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.
Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.
Reality is a prison, where one vegetates and always will. All the rest --thought, action --is just a pastime, mental or physical. What counts then, is to come to grips with reality. The rest can go.