Man is the inventor of stupidity.
Remy de Gourmont
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Man has made use of his intelligence, he invented stupidity.
We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence.
Women still remember the first kiss after men have forgotten the last.
Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.
Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and against labor. Any mechanical invention whatsoever has been more harmful to humanity than a century of war.
Thinking is hard work. One can't bear burdens and ideas at the same time.
Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs and the morality that suits him.
Man associates ideas not according to logic or verifiable exactitude, but according to his pleasure and interests. It is for this reason that most truths are nothing but prejudices.
Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness.
If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be - not understood, but divined.
In order to understand life it is not only necessary not to be indifferent to men, but not to be indifferent to flocks, to trees. One should be indifferent to nothing.
Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity.