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" A city becomes a world when one loves one of its inhabitants. "
" It takes a lot of energy and a lot of neurosis to write a novel. If you were really sensible, you'd do something else. "
" Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection. "
" No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat. "
" I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know. "
" Perhaps our only sickness is to desire a truth which we cannot bear rather than to rest content with the fictions we manufacture out of each other. "
" The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know. "
" Our inventions mirror our secret wishes. "
" For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential - the imagination. "
" Truth disappears with the telling of it. "
" Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened. "
" Music is only love looking for words. "
" There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature. "
" Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist. "
" History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living. "
" Guilt always hurries towards its complement, punishment; only there does its satisfaction lie. "
" Music was invented to confirm human loneliness. "
" The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time. "
" A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying. "
" It is not love that is blind, but jealousy. "
" I had become, with the approach of night, once more aware of loneliness and time - those two companions without whom no journey can yield us anything. "
" Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked. "
" I imagine, therefore I belong and am free. "
" We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it. "