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I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another.
 

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.
 

If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.
 

If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.
[Public]
 

In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.
 

It is not I who become addicted, it is my body.
 

Know that your work speaks only to those on the same wavelength as you.
 

Life is a horizontal fall.
[Life]
 

Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort.
 

Mirrors would do well to reflect a little more before sending back images.
 

Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.
 

One is either judge or accused. The judge sits, the accused stands. Live on your feet.
 

One must be a living man and a posthumous artist.
 

One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends.
 

One sits down first; one thinks afterwards.
[Time]
 

Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.
 

Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.
 

Respect movements, flee schools.
 

See your disappointments as good fortune. One plan's deflation is another's inflation.
 

Silence moves faster when it's going backward.
 


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