What if I should discover that the poorest of the beggars and the most impudent of offenders are all within me; and that I stand in need of the alms of my own kindness, that I, myself, am the enemy who must be loved -- what then?
Is it worth the lion's while to terrify the mouse?
Nature has no use for the plea that one 'did not know'.
The spirit of the depths took my understanding and all my knowledge and placed them at the service of the inexplicable and the paradoxical. He robbed me of speech and writing for everything that was not in his service, namely the melting together of sense and nonsense, which produces the supreme meaning.
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
The word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.