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The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.
 

The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth.
 

The words of the world want to make sentences.
 

The world is intense before becoming complex.
 

There is no original truth, only original error.
 

To disappear into deep water or to disappear toward a far horizon, to become part of depth of infinity, such is the destiny of man that finds its image in the destiny of water.
 

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
 

To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.
 

True poetry is a function of awakening. It awakens us, but it must retain the memory of previous dreams.
 

Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.
 


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