Always be a poet, even in prose.
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.
The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.
Nothing can be done except little by little.
I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
The world only goes round by misunderstanding.
To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.
To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery, my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.
A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.
Inspiration comes of working every day.
We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.
Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.
Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.
Nature is a temple in which living columns sometimes emit confused words. Man approaches it through forests of symbols, which observe him with familiar glances.
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