To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Reality is not always probable, or likely.
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment - the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.
He constructed a vast labyrinthine of periods, made impassable by the piling-up of clauses upon clauses--clauses in which oversight and bad grammar seemed manifestations of disdain.
I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
In general, every country has the language it deserves.
Football [soccer] is popular because stupidity is popular.
Of course, like all young men, I tried to be as unhappy as I could a kind of Hamlet and Raskolnikov rolled into one.
The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library.
Myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.
There is a flavor that our time (perhaps surfeited by the clumsy imitations of professional patriots) does not usually perceive without some suspicion: the fundamental flavor of the heroic.
In the order of literature, as in others, there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.