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For the man who has got in the nasty habit of unmasking appearances, event and misunderstanding are synonyms. To make for the essential is to throw up the game, to admit one is defeated.

For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion.

Freedom can be manifested only in the void of beliefs, in the absence of axioms, and only where the laws have no more authority than a hypothesis.

Getting up in the middle of the night, I walked around my room with the certainty of being chosen and criminal, a double privilege natural to the sleepless, revolting or incomprehensible for the captives of daytime logic.

Glory - once achieved, what is it worth?

God: a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.

Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.

Having destroyed all my connections, burned my bridges, I should feel a certain freedom, and in fact I do. One so intense I am afraid to rejoice in it.

He who hates himself is not humble.

Hungarian Language - savage it may be but of a beauty that has nothing human about it, with sonorities of another universe, powerful and corrosive, appropriate to prayer, to groans and to tears, risen out of hell to perpetuate its accent and its aura...words of nectar and cyanide.

I do not forgive myself for being born. It is as if creeping into this world, I had profaned a mystery, betrayed some momentous pledge, committed a fault of nameless gravity. Yet in a less assured mood, birth seems a calamity I would be miserable not having known

I feel I am free but I know I am not.

I feel safer with a Pyrrho than with a St. Paul.

I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.

I have never taken myself for a being. A non-citizen, a marginal type, a nothing who exists only by the excess, by the superabundance of his nothingness.

I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual.

I long to be free - desperately free. Free as the stillborn are free.

I never met one interesting mind that was not richly endowed with inadmissible deficiencies.

I pride myself on my capacity to perceive the transitory character of everything. An odd gift which has spoiled all my joys; better: all my sensations.

I seem to myself, among civilized men, an intruder, a troglodyte enamored of decrepitude, plunged into subversive prayers.

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