We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.
One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other.
Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.
Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
The Universal view melts things into a blur.
We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary, incomplete, and inopportune.
Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.
A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.
Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.
One hardly saves a world without ruling it.
We die in proportion to the words we fling around us.
A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb.
The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
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