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To act is to anchor in the imminent future.
 

To claim you are more detached, more alien to everything than anyone, and to be merely a fanatic of indifference!
 

To devastate by language, to blow up the word and with it the world.
 

To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring.
 

To Foreswear vengeance is to chain oneself to forgiveness, to flounder in pardon, to be tainted by the hatred smothered within.
 

To have committed every crime but that of being a father.
 

To Live signifies to believe and hope - to lie and to lie to oneself.
 

To live... in any sense of the word... is to reject others; to accept them, one must renounce, do oneself violence.
 

To think is to take a cunning revenge in which we camouflage our baseness and conceal our lower instincts.
 

To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy.
 

To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten.
 

Tolerance - the function of an extinguished ardor - tolerance cannot seduce the young.
 

Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.
 

Tragic paradox of freedom: the mediocre men who alone make its exercise possible cannot guarantee its duration.
 

Trees are massacred, houses go up - faces, faces everywhere. Man is spreading. Man is the cancer of the earth.
 

True moral elegance consists in the art of disguising one's victories as defeats.
 

Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in.
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Tyranny is just what one can develop a taste for, since it so happens that man prefers to wallow in fear rather than to face the anguish of being himself.
 

Under each formula lies a corpse.
 

Unlike Job, I have not cursed the day I was born; all the other days, on the contrary, I have covered with my anathemas...
 


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