It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.
Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction.
The unique and supreme voluptuousness of love lies in the certainty of committing evil. And men and women know from birth that in evil is found all sensual delight.
Music fathoms the sky.
Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
Uncertainty is the refuge of hope.
Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.
God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn’t even need to exist.
It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.
Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.