I don't remember my mother. She died when I was one year old. My distracted and callous sensibility comes from the lack of that warmth and from my useless longing after kisses I don't remember.
Everyone has his alcohol. To exist is alcohol enough for me.
To think of our greatest anxiety as an insignificant event, not only in the life of the universe but also in the life of our own soul, is the beginning of wisdom.
The unnatural and the strange have a perfume of their own.
Freedom would mean rest, artistic achievement, the intellectual fulfillment of my being.
Freedom is the possibility of isolation. You are free if you can withdraw from people, not having to seek them out for the sake of money, company, love, glory or curiosity, none of which can thrive in silence and solitude. If you can't live alone, you were born a slave.
The voyage on the common sea towards some unknown place is perhaps more human than the abstract path to the world's void.
Abdicate from life in order not to abdicate from yourself.
To observe oneself as one observes nature; to gaze on one's impressions as one would on a field — that is true wisdom.