When someone has to intervene to defend the liberty of the press, that society is sick.
You die, but most of what you have accumulated will not be lost; you are leaving a message in a bottle.
Our life is full of empty space.
But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Many people who no longer go to church end up falling prey to superstition.
Today, political events are nullified unless they're on TV.
Young people do not watch television; they are on the Internet.
There are books on our shelves we haven't read and doubtless never will, that each of us has probably put to one side in the belief that we will read them later on, perhaps even in another life.
There is nothing more difficult to define than an aphorism.
If people buy my books for vanity, I consider it a tax on idiocy.
The grandeur of Jerusalem is also... its problem.
Berlusconi is a genius in communication. Otherwise, he would never have become so rich.
Human beings are religious animals.
At a certain moment, I decided to write a story. I had no more small children to tell them stories.
The Internet gives us everything and forces us to filter it not by the workings of culture, but with our own brains. This risks creating six billion separate encyclopedias, which would prevent any common understanding whatsoever.
Then why do you want to know?" "Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.
What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?
I always assume that a good book is more intelligent than its author. It can say things that the writer is not aware of.
Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.
The book is like the spoon, scissors, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved. You cannot make a spoon that is better than a spoon... The book has been thoroughly tested, and it's very hard to see how it could be improved on for its current purposes.
Every great thinker is someone else's moron.
The older I grow and the more I abandon myself to God's will, the less I value intelligence that wants to know and will that wants to do; and as the only element of salvation I recognize faith, which can wait patiently, without asking too many questions.
Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart.
You can be obsessed by remorse all your life, not because you chose the wrong thing- you can always repent, atone : but because you never had the chance to prove to yourself that you would have chosen the right thing.
What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor any thing, that I hold as suspect as love, for it penetrates the soul more than any other thing. Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does. Therefore, unless you have those weapons that subdue it, the soul plunges through love into an immense abyss.
To survive, you must tell stories.
Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d'Ã©tat, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of industrialization the whole scene changes.... Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications.
The thought that all experience will be lost at the moment of my death makes me feel pain and fear... What a waste, decades spent building up experience, only to throw it all away... We remedy this sadness by working. For example, by writing, painting, or building cities.
I love the smell of book ink in the morning.
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.
There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad. Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.
If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you're an idiot.
All the blogs, Facebook, Twitter are made by people who want to show their own private affairs at the price of making fakes, to try to appear such as they are not, to construct another personality, which is a veritable loss of identity.
When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.
And we, inhabitants of the great coral of the Cosmos, believe the atom (which still we cannot see) to be full matter, whereas, it too, like everything else, is but an embroidery of voids in the Void, and we give the name of being, dense and even eternal, to that dance of inconsistencies, that infinite extension that is identified with absolute Nothingness and that spins from its own non-being the illusion of everything.
All the stories I would like to write persecute me. When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, 'Sir, write me, I am beautiful.
I think that at a certain age, say fifteen or sixteen, poetry is like masturbation. But later in life good poets burn their early poetry, and bad poets publish it. Thankfully I gave up rather quickly.
We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.
Translation is the art of failure.