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The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.
 

The lover of life makes the whole world into his family, just as the lover of the fair sex creates his from all the lovely women he has found, from those that could be found, and those who are impossible to find.
 

The man who says his prayers in the evening is a captain posting his sentries. After that, he can sleep.
[Prayer]
 

The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present.
 

The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be himself and others, as he wishes.
 

The priest is an immense being because he makes the crowd believe astonishing things.
 

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.
 

The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.
 

The world only goes round by misunderstanding.
 

There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.
 

There are moments of existence when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence is immensely heightened.
 

There exist only three respectable beings: the priest, the warrior, the poet. To know, to kill, and to create.
 

There is no dream of love, however ideal it may be, which does not end up with a fat, greedy baby hanging from the breast.
 

There is no more steely barb than that of the Infinite.
 

There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.
 

This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.
 

Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them.
 

Time is an avid gambler who has no need to cheat to win every time.
[One Day]
 

To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing.
 

To handle a language skillfully is to practice a kind of evocative sorcery.
 


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