Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.
The need to be right – the sign of a vulgar mind.
We are all special cases.
I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.
But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Live to the point of tears.
A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.
We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.
Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.
When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.
There is but one true philosophical problem and that is suicide.
The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Life can be magnificent and overwhelming – that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude.
Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him.
There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.
Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow, Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead, Walk beside me… just be my friend.
Why should it be essential to love rarely in order to love much?
No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
I’m going to tell you something: thoughts are never honest. Emotions are.
It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.
I had the whole sky in my eyes and it was blue and gold.
Beauty, no doubt, does not make revolutions. But a day will come when revolutions will have need of beauty.