To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death; what is divine, terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.
The only passion that guides me is for the truth… I look at everything from this point of view.
The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
For me, it is essential to have the inner peace and serenity of prayer in order to listen to the silence of God, which speaks to us, in our personal life and the history of our times, of the power of love.
We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands.
One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite.
A political event was that I met Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary. He is a young, intelligent guy, very sure of himself and extraordinarily audacious; I think we hit it off well.
In general, every country has the language it deserves.
I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations, and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.
The fact is that all writers create their precursors. Their work modifies our conception of the past, just as it is bound to modify the future.