The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.
The world was not created once and for all time for each of us individually. There are added to it in the course of our life things of which we have never had any suspicion.
Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.
Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in full.
For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
The mistakes made by doctors are innumerable. They err habitually on the side of optimism as to treatment, of pessimism as to the outcome.
It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.
If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another, of hundreds of others, in seeing the hundreds of universes that each of them sees.