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" As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use. "
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" Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough. "
" One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels. "
" The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. "
" One never tires of what is well written, style is life! It is the very blood of thought! "
" Stupidity is something unshakable; nothing attacks it without breaking itself against it; it is of the nature of granite, hard and resistant. "
" I have come to have the firm conviction that vanity is the basis of everything, and finally that what one calls conscience is only inner vanity. "
" I hate that which we have decided to call realism, even though I have been made one of its high priests. "
" To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. "
" One arrives at style only with atrocious effort, with fanatical and devoted stubbornness. "
" The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it. "
" The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. "
" I love my work with a frenetic and perverse love, as an ascetic loves the hair shirt which scratches his belly. "
" One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness. "
" The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments. "
" Exuberance is better than taste. "
" Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living. "
" Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution. "
" What is the beautiful, if not the impossible. "
" I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key. "
" Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature. "
" Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it. "
" Madame Bovary is myself. "
" Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry. "
" The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. "
" Of all possible debauches, traveling is the greatest that I know; that's the one they invented when they got tired of all the others. "
" A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss. "
" One must always hope when one is desperate, and doubt when one hopes. "
" Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times. "
" I am a man-pen. I feel through the pen, because of the pen. "
" Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. "