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and we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh
and what was formerly done \'for the sake of God\' is now done for the sake of money, that is to say for what in this day and age ensures more than anything else a feeling of power and peace of mind
convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies
don\'t trust an idea that has not come to mind while walking
every conviction is a prison
everything we define today as immoral has in some place and at some time been considered moral. What guarantee do we have that history will not go back on itself?
frankly speaking, you sometimes have to get annoyed to make things work well
how much truth can a spirit endure, how much can it dare? Every acquisition, every step forward in knowledge results from courage, from hardness towards oneself, from cleanliness towards oneself
I give no alms. I am not poor enough for that
if spouses did not live together, good marriages would be more frequent
increase in wisdom can be measured accurately by the corresponding decrease in anger
madness is something rare in individuals - but in groups, parties, peoples, epochs it is the rule
men are not ashamed to think something dirty, but they are ashamed when they imagine that others might believe them capable of these dirty thoughts
ninety-nine parts out of a hundred in any \'creation\' are imitation, in sounds or in thoughts. Theft, more or less deliberate
not even one\'s own thoughts are able to be successfully translated into words
one may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth
poets treat their experiences shamelessly: they exploit them
the Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad
the earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of these diseases is called \'man\'
the function of punishment is to improve the punisher
the more we go up in the world, the more insignificant we appear to those who are unable to fly
there are no facts, but only interpretations
there is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness
to improve one\'s style means to improve one\'s way of thinking
we love life not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving
we only hear questions that we are able to answer
when virtue has slept, she will get up more refreshed