It is better to lose and win, than win and be defeated.
Writer or painter god-parents are notoriously unreliable. That is, there is certain before long to be a cooling of friendship.
A diary means yes indeed.
I like the feeling of words doing as they want to do and as they have to do.
What is the answer? In that case, what is the question?
Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.
French people do like good fighting, they like it better than anything.
When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.
Why should a sequence of words be anything but a pleasure?
How likely are definitions to be pleasurable.
As there was never any question there was never any answer.
America is my country and Paris is my hometown.
Suppose no one asked a question. What would the answer be?
Honesty is a selfish virtue. Yes I am honest enough.
Nobody knows what I am trying to do but I do and I know when I succeed.
Love: the skillful audacity required to share an inner life.
It is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes to that siren until she allures us to our death.
The difference between saints, forget-me-nots, and mountains, have to, have to, have to at a time.
It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.
This is the real thing of disillusion that no one, not any one really is believing, seeing, understanding, thinking anything as you are thinking, believing, seeing, understanding such a thing.
From the very nature of progress, all ages must be transitional.
One must dare to be happy.
Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.
War is never fatal but always lost. Always lost.
It is inevitable when one has a great need of something one finds it. What you need you attract like a lover.
Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers’ granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages.