I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists. And to know that the sun is there - that is living.
It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them - the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.
I swear to you gentlemen, that to be overly conscious is a sickness, a real, thorough sickness.
You can be sincere and still be stupid.
The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering...
The world says: "You have needs- satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don't hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more." This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.
Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.
To love someone means to see them as God intended them.
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.
The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.
Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.
But how could you live and have no story to tell?
It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.
We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.
People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.
The soul is healed by being with children.
I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.
Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It's by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I'm human
Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.
The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
And the more I drink the more I feel it. That's why I drink too. I try to find sympathy and feeling in drink.... I drink so that I may suffer twice as much!
If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.
I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.
I could not become anything; neither good nor bad; neither a scoundrel nor an honest man; neither a hero nor an insect. And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself with the bitter and entirely useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot seriously become anything, that only a fool can become something.
Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it would make some difference.
This is my last message to you: in sorrow, seek happiness.
When reason fails, the devil helps!
My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn't that enough for a whole lifetime?
Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.
I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.
The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.
Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.
The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.
It is better to be unhappy and know the worst, than to be happy in a fool's paradise.
To love is to suffer and there can be no love otherwise.
Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.