He who has never despaired has no need to have lived.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One cannot escape the world more certainly through art, and one cannot bind oneself to it more certainly than through art.
We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.
God of heaven! and is this the destiny of man? Is he only happy before he has acquired his reason, or after he has lost it?
What provokes me worst of all are our fateful bourgeois distinctions of rank. Of course I know as well as anyone that differences of class are necessary, and that they work greatly to my own advantage: but I wish they would not place obstacles in my way when I might enjoy a little pleasure...
On every mountain height is rest.