Mankind will find strength in itself to live for virtue, even without believing in the immortality of the soul! Find it in the love of liberty, equality, fraternity...
I seem to be afraid of any SERIOUS book—afraid of permitting any SERIOUS preoccupation to break the spell of the passing moment. So dear to me is the formless dream of which I have spoken, so dear to me are the impressions which it has left behind it, that I fear to touch the vision with anything new, lest it should dissolve in smoke.
Realism that is limited to the end of one's nose is more dangerous than the most insane fantasticality, because it's blind.
Now answer me, sincerely, honestly, who lives past forty? I'll tell you who does: fools and scoundrels.
Let each of you keep close company with his heart, let each of you confess to himself untiringly. Do not be afraid of your sin, even when you perceive it, provided you are repentant, but do not place conditions on God.
Did I murder the old woman? I murdered myself, not her! I crushed myself once for all, for ever...