Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
One never tires of what is well written, style is life! It is the very blood of thought!
Success is a consequence and must not be a goal.
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
A friend who dies, it's something of you who dies.
Madame Bovary is myself.
Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.
The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded.
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
What an elder sees sitting; the young can't see standing.
The only way to avoid being unhappy is to close yourself up in Art and to count for nothing all the rest.
It seems to me that I have always existed and that I possess memories that date back to the Pharaohs.
Style is as much under the words as in the words. It is as much the soul as it is the flesh of a work.
Reality does not conform to the ideal, but confirms it.
But the disparaging of those we love always alienates us from them to some extent. We must not touch our idols; the gilt comes off in our hands.
The future is the worst thing about the present.
Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
Exuberance is better than taste.
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.
One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes.
Read much, but not many books.