You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
The need to be right - the sign of a vulgar mind.
A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.
To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.
We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.
Realism should only be the means of expression of religious genius... or, at the other extreme, the artistic expressions of monkeys which are quite satisfied with mere imitation. In fact, art is never realistic though sometimes it is tempted to be. To be really realistic a description would have to be endless.
Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything.
Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.
Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.
I am too far away from what I love and my distance is without remedy.
... one cannot be happy in exile or in oblivion. One cannot always be a stranger. I want to return to my homeland, make all my loved ones happy. I see no further than this.
In this vast country that he had so loved, he was alone.