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At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things.
 

At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
 

At thirty a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities. ... And, above all, accept these things.
[Self Acceptance]
 

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
[Nature]
 

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
[Beauty]
 

Believe me, there is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory...Everything is forgotten, even great love.
 

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
[Blessed]
 

But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.
 

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
[Happiness]
 

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
 

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
 

Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.
 

Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
 

Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
[Friendship]
 

Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day.
[Religion]
 

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.
 

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
 

Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is and what he says and when the source dries up the work withers and crumbles.
 

Every ideology is contrary to human psychology.
 

Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.
 


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