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" A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants. "
" Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower. "
" Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former. "
" He who does without the praise of the crowd will not deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent. "
" Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear. "
" To me all men are equal: there are jackasses everywhere, and I have the same contempt for them all. "
" Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust, and then lust not to follow. "
" I am already so popular that anyone who vilifies me becomes more popular than I am. "
" Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess. "
" Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life. "
" Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves. "
" It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new. "
" There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything. "
" Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis. "
" Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world. "
" An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself. "
" The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test. "
" I don't like to meddle in my private affairs. "
" A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer. "
" Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes. "
" Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself as therapy. "
" The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back. "
" Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave. "
" How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. "
" The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span. "
" A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful. "
" Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom. "
" Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots. "
" A fine world in which man reproaches woman with fulfilling his heart's desire! "
" Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work. "
" I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up. "