One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love - any love - reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness.

Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.

A man succeeds in completing a work only when his qualities transcend that work.

All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition.

Lessons are not given, they are taken.

Love is the cheapest of religions.

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.

Living is like working out a long addition sum, and if you make a mistake in the first two totals you will never find the right answer. It means involving oneself in a complicated chain of circumstances.

The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.

A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man - the one he used to be.

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.

Artists are the monks of the bourgeois state.

We do not remember days, we remember moments.

Hate is always a clash between our spirit and someone else's body.

No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.

The art of living is the art of knowing how to believe lies.

The only joy in the world is to begin.

One stops being a child when one realizes that telling one's trouble does not make it any better.

If it were possible to have a life absolutely free from every feeling of sin, what a terrifying vacuum it would be.

Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world.

Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.

It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?

Will power is only the tensile strength of one's own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.

One must look for one thing only, to find many.