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I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?
 

Ideas should be neutral. But man animates them with his passions and folly. Impure and turned into beliefs, they take on the appearance of reality. The passage from logic is consummated. Thus are born ideologies, doctrines, and bloody farce.
 

If a man has not, by the time he is 30, yielded to the fascination of every form of extremism, I don't know if he is to be admired or scorned - a saint or a corpse.
 

If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say: "I want to be praised."
[Motivation]
 

If I have been able to hold out till now, it is because each blow, which seemed intolerable at the time, was followed by a second which was worse, then a third, and so on. If I were in hell, I'd want its circles to multiply, in order to count on a new ordeal, more trying than its predecessor. A salutary policy, with regard to torments at least.
 

If our fellow men could be aware of our opinions about them, love, friendship, and devotion would be forever erased from the dictionaries; and if we had the courage to confront the doubts we timidly conceive about ourselves, none of us would utter an 'I' without shame.
 

If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot.
 

If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices.
 

Illusion begets and sustains the world; we do not destroy one without destroying the other. Which is what I do every day. An apparently ineffectual operation, since I must begin all over again the next day.
 

Imaginary pains are by far the most real we suffer, since we feel a constant need for them and invent them because there is no way of doing without them.
 

Impossible to spend sleepless nights and accomplish anything: if, in my youth, my parents had not financed my insomnias, I should surely have killed myself.
 

In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws.
 

In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world.
 

In most cases we attach ourselves to God in order to take revenge on life, to punish it, to signify we can do without it, that we have found something better, and we also attach ourselves to God in horror of men.
 

In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary.
 

In this dream, I was flattering someone I despise. Waking, a greater self-loathing than if I had really committed such vileness...
 

Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.
 

Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?
 

It is an understatement to say that in this society injustices abound: in truth, it is itself the quintessence of injustice.
 

It is because we are all impostors that we endure each other.
 


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