The best actors do not let the wheels show.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him.
Art is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.
True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.
Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.
The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
Optimism is the opium of the people.
Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.
How goodness heightens beauty!
Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.
There are no small parts. Only small actors.
For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?
A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.
I think I am a much better actor than I have allowed myself to be.
Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.
All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.
No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.
The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.
People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still.
Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.
Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.
Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.
Those who consider the Devil to be a partisan of Evil and angels to be warriors for Good accept the demagogy of the angels. Things are clearly more complicated.
A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.