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.
Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
I have been an ‘Official’ all my life, without the least turn for it. I never could attain a true official manner, which is highly artificial and handles trifles with ludicrously disproportionate gravity.
To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
We are all born marked for evil.
Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.