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" All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door. "
" There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn. "
" We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead. "
" You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. "
" A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. "
" I have never been able to renounce the light, the pleasure of being, and the freedom in which I grew up. "
" The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone. "
" We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage. "
" Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence. "
" To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. "
" How hard, how bitter it is to become a man! "
" Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. "
" The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm. "
" Lying is not only saying what isn't true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than is true and, in the case of the human heart, saying more than one feels. We all do it, every day, to make life simpler. "
" Working conditions for me have always been those of the monastic life: solitude and frugality. Except for frugality, they are contrary to my nature, so much so that work is a violence I do to myself. "
" Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely. "
" What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians. "
" No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people. "
" Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. "
" In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. "
" After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion. "
" Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference. "
" For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium. "
" Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves. "
" Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time. "
" Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. "
" Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road. "
" The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. "
" In order to exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself - limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist. "
" Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without. "
" To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything. "