No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.
Every artist preserves deep within him a single source from which, throughout his lifetime, he draws what he is, and what he says. When the source dries up, the work withers and crumbles.
What a country calls its vital… interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.
I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. We are angry at each other much of the time.
One can easily classify all works of fiction either as descendants of the Iliad or of the Odyssey.
Justice must always question itself, just as society can exist only by means of the work it does on itself and on its institutions.
The extension of women’s rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
I undertake the same project as Montaigne, but with an aim contrary to his own: for he wrote his Essays only for others, and I write my reveries only for myself.
Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.