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" A civil servant doesn't make jokes. "
" You can only predict things after they have happened. "
" Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair. "
" Living is abnormal. "
" A nose that can see is worth two that sniff. "
" There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation. "
" I look out the chair while eating my pillow. I open the wall, I walk with my ears. I have ten eyes to walk with and two fingers to look with. I put my head on the floor to sit down, I put my bottom on the ceiling. After eating the music box, I spread jam on the rug for a great dessert. "
" A man with a soul is not like every other man. "
" The critic should describe, and not prescribe. "
" I have the vanity to think that every play I have written is different from the previous ones. Yet, even though they are written in a different way, they all deal with the same themes, the same preoccupations. 'Exit the King' is also 'The Bald Soprano.' "
" My plays have been performed before children, workers, and peasants, and they have well understood the meaning of my theatre. What is needed for people to watch my theatre is a freshness and openness of mind. "
" Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible. "
" We have not the time to take our time. "
" When I was nine, the teacher asked us to write a piece about our village fete. He read mine in class. I was encouraged and continued. I even wanted to write my memoirs at the age of ten. At twelve I wrote poetry, mostly about friendship - 'Ode to Friendship.' Then my class wanted to make a film, and one little boy suggested that I write the script. "
" Beauty is a precious trace that eternity causes to appear to us and that it takes away from us. A manifestation of eternity, and a sign of death as well. "
" Everything that has been will be, everything that will be is, everything that will be has been. "
" I was born near Bucharest, but my parents came to France a year later. We moved back to Romania when I was thirteen, and my world was shattered. I hated Bucharest, its society, and its mores - its anti-Semitism for example. "
" It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. "
" Like all revolutions, the surrealist revolution was a reversion, a restitution, an expression of vital and indispensable spiritual needs. "
" A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind. "
" Culture cannot be separated from politics. The arts, philosophy and metaphysics, religion and the sciences, constitute culture. Politics are the science or art of organizing our relationships to allow for the development of life in society. "
" Often, alas, the most detestable kind of bourgeois is the anti-bourgeois kind of bourgeois. "
" No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa. "
" I've always been suspicious of collective truths. "
" Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together. "