Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
I don’t feel guilty about expressing myself in French; nor do I feel that I am continuing the work of the colonizers.
I would rather start a family than finish one.
Anything for a quiet life.
The three great ends which a statesman ought to propose to himself in the government of a nation, are one, Security to possessors; two, facility to acquirers; and three, hope to all.
A joke’s a very serious thing.
The soul is so far from being a monad that we have not only to interpret other souls to ourself but to interpret ourself to ourself.
Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune’s bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.
We’re talking about the struggle to drag a thought over from the mush of the unconscious into some kind of grammar, syntax, human sense; every attempt means starting over with language. starting over with accuracy.
One mistake with beginners in writing is, that they think it important to spin out something long. It is a great deal better not to write more than a page or two, unless you have something to say, and can write it correctly.