Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.
The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.
The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.
I am a man-pen. I feel through the pen, because of the pen.
Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.
Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom.
All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant.
Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.
What is the beautiful, if not the impossible.
One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.
Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature.
One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.
One arrives at style only with atrocious effort, with fanatical and devoted stubbornness.
The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.
The author in his book must be like God in his universe, everywhere present and nowhere visible.
I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity.
You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.
Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution.
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
Of all possible debauches, traveling is the greatest that I know; that's the one they invented when they got tired of all the others.
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.
The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.
I love good sense above all, perhaps because I have none.