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" An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. "
" In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. "
" Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. "
" Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being. "
" We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage. "
" The only really committed artist is he who, without refusing to take part in the combat, at least refuses to join the regular armies and remains a freelance. "
" Charm is a way of getting the answer 'Yes' without asking a clear question. "
" In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist. "
" Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. "
" The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor. "
" Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery. "
" Violence is both unavoidable and unjustifiable. "
" The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. "
" There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed. "
" No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people. "
" Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day. "
" Stupidity has a knack of getting its way. "
" Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference. "
" An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. "
" There is no love of life without despair of life. "
" You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. "
" Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you. "
" To know oneself, one should assert oneself. "
" Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. "
" A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. "
Roy H. Williams
" To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady. "
" 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 evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. "
" Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature. "
" I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude. "
" Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself. "