The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
Up to this day, there has been no proof of the existence of any intelligence other than the human.
The young household lived liked birds in a warm, secluded nest of moss.
The stench of the manure that Jean was turning had cheered him up a little. He adored its promise of fertility and was sniffing it with the relish of a man smelling a randy woman.
Sin became a luxury, a flower set in her hair, a diamond fastened on her brow.
O Almighty God, O Divinity, Helpful Power, whoever, whatever Thou mayst be, take pity upon poor mankind and make human suffering cease! All.
The fear of life, the fear of burdens and of duties, of annoyances and of catastrophes! The fear of life, which makes us, through dread of its sufferings, refuse its joys. Ah! I tell you, this cowardliness enrages me; I cannot forgive it. We must live - live a complete life - live all our life.
If you shut up truth, and bury it underground, it will but grow.
I accuse the three experts in handwriting, Sieurs Belhomme. Varinard and Couard, of having made lying and fraudulent reports, unless a medical inquiry should prove them to be suffering from diseased sight and judgment.
The festivity had reached that apogee of joy when you face the happy fate of being crushed to death.
The preconceived opinion which they brought to the Bench was evidently this: Dreyfus has been condemned for the crime of treason by a Court-Martial; he is therefore guilty, and we, the Court-Martial, cannot declare him innocent; for we know that to proclaim the guilt of Esterhazy would be to proclaim the innocence of Dreyfus.
It all seemed a hollow sham now - that strict code, that conscientious virtue that condemned her to the sterile joys of pious women! No, no, she'd had enough of that; she wanted to live!