Quotes

11 November 2014
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
11 November 2014
My remembrance of the past is a novel I am constantly recomposing; and it would not be a historical novel, but sheer fiction, if the material events which mark and ballast my career had not their public dates and characters scientifically discoverable.
11 November 2014
The theatre, for all its artifices, depicts life in a sense more truly than history, because the medium has a kindred movement to that of real life, though an artificial setting and form.
11 November 2014
Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
11 November 2014
Oaths are the fossils of piety.
11 November 2014
Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.
11 November 2014
The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.
11 November 2014
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
11 November 2014
Experience is a mere whiff or rumble, produced by enormously complex and ill-deciphered causes of experience; and in the other direction, experience is a mere peephole through which glimpses come down to us of eternal things.
11 November 2014
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

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