An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say ‘Gentlemen’ to the person with whom he is conversing.
I only see clearly what I remember.
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
I liked Sartre’s views but not his writing.
Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams.
Lying is not only saying what isn’t true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler.
Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.
Medicines are only fit for old people.