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We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
 

We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.
 

We have exiled beauty; the Greeks took up arms for her.
 

We only know of one duty, and that is to love.
 

We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
[Human Relations]
 

We turn our backs on nature; we are ashamed of beauty. Our wretched tragedies have a smell of the office clinging to them, and the blood that trickles from them is the color of printer's ink.
 

We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible.
 

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves.
 

What is a rebel? A man who says no.
 

What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians.
 

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
 

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
 

With rebellion, awareness is born.
 

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
 

Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
[Art]
 

Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
 

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
 

You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
 

You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.
 

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
 


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