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And the more he was irritated by her basic personality, the more he was drawn to her by a harsh, besti*l sensuality, illusions of a moment, which ended in hate.
Financial demands, of all the rough winds that blow upon our love, (are) quite the coldest and the most biting.
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.
But, in her life, nothing was going to happen. Such was the will of God! The future was a dark corridor, and at the far end the door was bolted.
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
Read in order to live.
You don't know what it is to stay a whole day with your head in your hands trying to squeeze your unfortunate brain so as to find a word.
I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
Irony takes nothing away from pathos.
The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletariat to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeoisie.
The future is the worst thing about the present.
In my view, the novelist has no right to express his opinions on the things of this world. In creating, he must imitate God: do his job and then shut up.
The public wants work which flatters its illusions.
Just when the gods had ceased to be, and the Christ had not yet come, there was a unique moment in history, between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, when man stood alone.
An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.
As for the piano, the faster her fingers flew over it, the more he marveled. She struck the keys with aplomb and ran from one end of the keyboard to the other without a stop.
The writer must wade into life as into the sea, but only up to the navel.
On certain occasions art can shake very ordinary spirits, and whole worlds can be revealed by its clumsiest interpreters.
The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.
But vilifying those we love always detaches us from them a little. We should not touch our idols: their gilding will remain on our hands.
Our ignorance of history makes us libel to our own times. People have always been like this.
There comes a point at which you stop writing and think all the more
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Speech is a rolling-mill that always thins out the sentiment.
The world is going to become bloody stupid and from now on will be a very boring place. We’re lucky to be living now.
She was as sated with him as he was tired of her. Emma had rediscovered in adultery all the banality of marriage.
It’s hard to communicate anything exactly and that’s why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find.
One day, I shall explode like an artillery shell and all my bits will be found on the writing table.
Abstraction can provide stumbling blocks for people of strange intelligence.
Some details escaped her, but the regret remained with her.
A good sentence in prose should be like a good line in poetry, unchangeable, as rhythmic, as sonorous.
Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.
One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.
What wretched poverty of language! To compare stars to diamonds!
Alas! It seems to me that when one is as good as this at dissecting children who are to born, one can’t stiffen up enough to create them.
The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
But that which fanaticism formerly promised to the elect, science now accomplishes for all men.
Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
...and the country is like a great unfolded mantle with a green velvet cape bordered with a fringe of silver.
Travel, leave everything, copy the birds. The home is one of civilization’s sadnesses.
Self-confidence depends on environment: one does not speak in the same tone in the drawing room than in the kitchen.
A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.
How we keep these dead souls in our hearts. Each one of us carries within himself his necropolis.
All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fin
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
I tried to discover, in the rumor of forests and waves, words that other men could not hear, and I pricked up my ears to listen to the revelation of their harmony.
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.