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" As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become. "
" All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books. "
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" Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance. "
" What do I care about Jupiter? Justice is a human issue, and I do not need a god to teach it to me. "
" Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. "
" I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be. "
" The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity. "
" Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them. "
" I have no need for good souls: an accomplice is what I wanted. "
" Who can exhaust a man? Who knows a man's resources? "
" Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong. "
" I confused things with their names: that is belief. "
" She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. "
" A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost. "
" Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth. "
" Life begins on the other side of despair. "
" I am no longer sure of anything. If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them; if I refuse to satisfy them, they infect the whole soul. "
" Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal. "
" All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure. "
" Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have. "
" Commitment is an act, not a word. "
" We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact. "
" Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear. "
" One cannot become a saint when one works sixteen hours a day. "
" Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives. "
" One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life. "
" My thought is me: that is why I cannot stop thinking. I exist because I think I cannot keep from thinking. "
" I hate victims who respect their executioners. "
" The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best. "
" If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I'm still waiting, it's all been to seduce women basically. "
" I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens. "