Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.
Category: Arts And Artists
Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.
In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.
The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.
Towns are full of people, houses full of tenants, hotels full of guests, trains full of travelers, cafés full of customers, parks full of promenaders, consulting-rooms of famous doctors full of patients, theatres full of spectators, and beaches full of bathers. What previously was, in general, no problem, now begins to be an everyday one, namely, to find room.
The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail.
Category: Cynics And Cynicism
By speaking, by thinking, we undertake to clarify things, and that forces us to exacerbate them, dislocate them, schematize them. Every concept is in itself an exaggeration.
The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.
The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent; a sort of love without a beloved, the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.
Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.
Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.
We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.
Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.