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.
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.
More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.
You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.
It's no use reminding yourself daily that you are mortal: it will be brought home to you soon enough.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority.
Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
After another moment's silence, she mumbled that I was peculiar, that that was probably why she loved me but that one day I might disgust her for the very same reason.
All healthy men have thought of their own suicide
Purely historical thought is nihilistic; it wholeheartedly accepts the evil of history.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
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.
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”