We are born to Exist, not to know, to be, not to assert ourselves.
Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave, but almost always the oppressor turned slave.
Tolerance - the function of an extinguished ardor - tolerance cannot seduce the young.
Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.
Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.
Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.
To act is to anchor in an imminent future, so imminent it becomes almost tangible; to act is to feel you are consubstantial with that future.
Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.
My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers.
Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions.
Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers.
Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows.
Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.
Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty.