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    Whatever the flows of our modern times are the idea is that you can create something new out of nothing.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: time  ideas 
     
    Frustration is a bad experience. What you have to stress is the satisfaction.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: experience  bad  stress 
     
    You construct your happiness as you construct a house and you have to work on it. It is a daily job.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: happiness  work  job 
     
    Remorse is extremely useful for a generation which has in fact dirtied its hands but for the next generation you cannot ask, for instance, young Germans today to feel guilty about Hitlerism.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: young  facts 
     
    You can have compassion for someone who is suffering and try to help this person but if your relationship with mankind is only one of compassion, it is only another form of contempt and it prevents feelings like admiration, empathy which to my mind are much more positive.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    There is no life without guilt anyway, at least in the Western world. I think in other civilizations it might be different but if the world is getting Westernized all over, guilt will enter through the technology and democracy and their actions. It will come side by side so there won't be anymore innocent societies in the future I think which in fact is not such a bad thing.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    The writer has a life and a personality but the problem of today is that most of those writers have exactly the same life; they belong to the same social class, the same milieu, they have the same experiences. Once you read one of those books, you have read them all. And this is a problem.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    Guilt is a very good thing if it is shared by others.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: guilt 
     
    We should distinguish between responsibility and guilt. Guilt only touches the ones who committed the crimes but the son of a criminal is not a criminal himself.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    You are not doomed to reproduce what your ancestors have done. The son will not be like his father, the daughter will not be like her mother. She can invent something new. I think that is the best message of modernity.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    Ultimately, 'how's it going?' is the most futile and the most profound of questions. To answer it precisely, one would have to make a scrupulous inventory of one's psyche, considering each aspect in detail. No matter: we have to say 'fine' out of politeness and civility and change the subject, or else ruminate the question during our whole lives and reserve our reply for afterward.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: live  questions 
     
    You're happy when you leave your concerns to the side and when you experience a pure moment of joy with friends.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    You don't have to give people fish everyday but instead you must give them the pole to learn how to fish themselves.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: people  learn 
     
    The cult of happiness turns into a huge concern which to my opinion is exactly contrary to what happiness should be: a paradise of enchantment.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: happiness  opinion 
     
    By the duty to be happy, I thus refer to the ideology... that urges us to evaluate everything in terms of pleasure and displeasure...on the one hand, we have to make the most of our lives; on the other, we have to be sorry and punish ourselves if we don't succeed in doing so. This is a perversion of a very beautiful idea: that everyone has a right to control his own destiny and to improve his life.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    An overblown conscience is an empty conscience.
    — Pascal Bruckner
    tags: conscience 
     
    Today, luxury resides in everything that is becoming rare: communion with nature, silence, meditation, slowness rediscovered, the pleasure of living out of step with others, studious idleness, the enjoyment of the major works of the mind"these are all privileges that cannot be bought because they are literally priceless.
    — Pascal Bruckner
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