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Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.
 

For each letter received from a creditor, write fifty lines on an extraterrestrial subject and you will be saved.
 

For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.
 

France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic.
 

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
 

God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn't even need to exist.
 

He who doesn't accept the conditions of life sells his soul.
[Acceptance]
 

How little remains of the man I once was, save the memory of him! But remembering is only a new form of suffering.
 

How many years of fatigue and punishment it takes to learn the simple truth that work, that disagreeable thing, is the only way of not suffering in life, or at all events, of suffering less.
[Work]
 

Hypocrite reader my fellow my brother!
 

I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
 

I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy.
 

I have cultivated my hysteria with joy and terror.
[Writers And Writing]
 

I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old.
 

I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws.
 

If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force.
 

In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.
 

In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men.
 

In putting off what one has to do, one runs the risk of never being able to do it.
 

Inspiration comes of working every day.
 


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