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I explained to him, however, that my nature was such that my physical needs often got in the way of my feelings.
Fate is not in man but around him
It is necessary to fall in love – the better to provide an alibi for all the despair we are going to feel anyway.
Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.
How did I picture the life after the grave? I fairly bawled out at him: "A life in which I can remember this life on earth. That's all I want of it.
No code of ethics and no effort are justifiable a priori in the face of the cruel mathematics that command our condition.
If after all men cannot always make history have a meaning they can always act so that their own lives have one.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
At thirty a man should know himself like the palm of his hand know the exact number of his defects and qualities. ... And above all accept these things.
We call love what binds us to certain creatures only by reference to a collective way of seeing for which books and legends are responsible.
For who would dare to assert that eternal happiness can compensate for a single moment's human suffering
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worst.
A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future.
When one has no character, one HAS to apply a method. Here it did wonders incontrovertibly, and I am living on the site of one of the greatest crimes in human history.
We refuse to despair of mankind. Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them.
Men die:and they are not happy.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
My soul’s a burden to me, I’ve had enough of it. I’m eager to be in that country, where the sun kills every question. I don’t belong here.
If nothing had any meaning, you would be right. But there is something that still has a meaning.
As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.
The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.
But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don't really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man.
A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
How unbearable, for women, is the tenderness which a man can give them without love. For men, how bittersweet this is.
Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.
In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
But memory is less disposed to compromise
Who, cher monsieur, will sleep on the floor for us? Whether I am capable of it myself? Look, I'd like to be and I shall be. Yes, we shall all be capable of it one day, and that will be salvation.
Psychology is action not thinking about oneself.
There can be no question of holding forth on ethics. I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules
What we call fundamental truths are simply the ones we discover after all the others.
There's the risk of being loved...and that would keep me from being happy.
When a man has learned how to remain alone with his suffering, how to overcome his longing to flee, then he has little left to learn.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children.
Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Mistaken ideas always end in bloodshed, but in every case it is someone else's blood. This is why our thinkers feel free to say just about anything.
...he was conscious of the disastrous fact that love and desire must be expressed in the same way...
If pimps and thieves were invariably sentenced, all decent people would get to thinking they themselves were constantly innocent.
Don’t walk in front of me… I may not followDon’t walk behind me… I may not leadWalk beside me… just be my friend
Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.
Sometimes at night I would sleep open-eyed underneath a sky dripping with stars. I was alive then.
A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
I didn’t like having to explain to them, so I just shut up, smoked a cigarette, and looked at the sea.
But above all, in order to be, never try to seem.
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.