Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.
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 flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
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.
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.
I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
The original is unfaithful to the translation.