If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
These years of the Ecole Normale were an ordeal. Nothing was handed to me on the first try.
Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die.
Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.
No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.
To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.
In the year 1915 a series of trivial incidents led some Chinese students in Cornell University to take up the question of reforming the Chinese language.
A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow.