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It's not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
 

Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
 

Knowledge subverts love: in proportion as we penetrate our secrets, we come to loathe our kind, precisely because they resemble us.
 

Knowledge, having irritated and stimulated our appetite for power, will lead us inexorably to our ruin.
 

Let us not be needlessly bitter: certain failures are sometimes fruitful.
[Events]
 

Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui.
 

Life inspires more dread than death - it is life which is the great unknown.
 

Life is merely a fracas on an unmapped terrain, and the universe a geometry stricken with epilepsy.
 

Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.
 

Lucidity is the only vice which makes us free - free in a desert.
 

Man is a robot with defects.
 

Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil.
[Action]
 

Man started out on the wrong foot. the misadventure in paradise was the first consequence. The rest had to follow.
 

Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.
 

Maniacs of Procreation, bipeds with devalued faces, we have lost all appeal for each other.
 

Mind, even more deadly to empires than to individuals, erodes them, compromises their solidity.
 

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.
[Music]
 

My enthusiasms ... constitute my reserves, my unexploited resources, perhaps my future.
[Enthusiasm]
 

My merit is not to be totally ineffectual but to have wanted to be.
 

My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.
 


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