To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death.

Oh, love is real enough; you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy - and that is life.

Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.

An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.

Every man thinks god is on his side.

What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor! Anything in excess is most exhilarating.

Beauty is one of the rare things which does not lead to doubt of God.

Things are beautiful if you love them.

Men create real miracles when they use their God-given courage and intelligence.

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.

Life has a way of setting things in order and leaving them be. Very tidy, is life.

Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.

Our entire life – consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.

Nothing is irreparable in politics.

With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.

We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and, ask anyone, the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down.

What you get free costs too much.

A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it.

All evil comes from the old.They grow fat on ideas and young men die of them.

Life is very nice, but it lacks form. It's the aim of art to give it some.

Talent is like a faucet, while it is open, one must write.

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.

A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself.

Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.

The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.

One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.

Some men like to make a little garden out of life and walk down a path.

Have you noticed that life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances, happens almost exclusively in newspapers?

There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.

Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.

Saintliness is also a temptation.

It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.

When you are forty, half of you belongs to the past... And when you are seventy, nearly all of you.

God is on everyone's side... and in the last analysis, he is on the side with plenty of money and large armies.

I like reality. It tastes like bread.