Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime.
A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
Not everyone can be an orphan.
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.
The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.
The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.
The color of truth is gray.
Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
There is no prejudice that the work of art does not finally overcome.
The most decisive actions of our life - I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future - are, more often than not, unconsidered.
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason.
It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.
No theory is good unless it permits, not rest, but the greatest work. No theory is good except on condition that one use it to go on beyond.
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.