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My weaknesses have spoiled my existence, but it is thanks to them that I exist, that I imagine I exist
 

Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.
 

Never to have occasion to take a position, to make up one's mind, or to define oneself - there is no wish I make more often.
 

No longer wanting to be a man...dreaming of another form of failure.
 

No one can enjoy freedom without trembling.
 

No one can keep his griefs in their prime; they use themselves up.
[Sorrow]
 

No one is responsible for what he is nor even for what he does. This is obvious and everyone more or less agrees that it is so. Then why celebrate or denigrate? Because to exist is to evaluate, to emit judgments, and because abstention, when it is not the effect of apathy or cowardice, requires an effort no one manages to make.
 

No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.
 

Not to be obliged, like so many others, to choose between the insipid and the atrocious.
 

Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.
 

Nothing is tragic. Everything is unreal.
 

Nothing proves that we are more than nothing.
 

On Creating - What we crave, what we want to see in others eyes, is that servile expression, an unconcealed infatuation with our gestures.
 

One cannot live without motives. I have no motives left, and I am living.
 

One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other.
 

One hardly saves a world without ruling it.
 

Only what has been conceived in solitude, face to face with God, endures - whether one is a believer or not.
 

Our first intuitions are the true ones.
 

Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves.
 

Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
 


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