Quotes

11 November 2014
The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe.... A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.
11 November 2014
If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be—not understood, but divined.
11 November 2014
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
11 November 2014
Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion.... Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art.
11 November 2014
Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs and the morality that suits him.
11 November 2014
Man associates ideas not according to logic or verifiable exactitude, but according to his pleasure and interests. It is for this reason that most truths are nothing but prejudices.
11 November 2014
Man, in spite of his tendency towards mendacity, has a great respect for what he calls the truth. Truth is his staff in his voyage through life; commonplaces are the bread in his bag and the wine in his jug.
11 November 2014
To write well, to have style ... is to paint. The master faculty of style is therefore the visual memory. If a writer does not see what he describes—countrysides and figures, movements and gestures—how could he have a style, that is originality?
11 November 2014
We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence.
11 November 2014
Life is a series of sensations connected to different states of consciousness.

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