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.
Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete.
God is absence. God is the solitude of man.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
I say a murder is abstract. You pull the trigger and after that you do not understand anything that happens.
One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished: the line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life.
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
You must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.
Total war is no longer war waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total... because it may well involve the whole world.
Every age has its own poetry; in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry.
Acting is happy agony.
If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company.
There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck.
There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
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.
The existentialist says at once that man is anguish.
When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.