One should use praise to recognize what one is not.
The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.
Words are not too old, only people are too old if they use the same words too frequently.
People’s fates are simplified by their names.
He who is obsessed by death is made guilty by it.
Whether or not God is dead: it is impossible to keep silent about him who was there for so long.
Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?
There is no such thing as an ugly language. Today I hear every language as if it were the only one, and when I hear of one that is dying, it overwhelms me as though it were the death of the earth.
The paranoiac is the exact image of the ruler. The only difference is their position in the world. One might even think the paranoiac the more impressive of the two because he is sufficient unto himself and cannot be shaken by failure.
There is nothing that man fears more than the touch of the unknown. He wants to see what is reaching towards him, and to be able to recognize or at least classify it. Man always tends to avoid physical contact with anything strange.
It doesn’t matter how new an idea is: what matters is how new it becomes.
The planet’s survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.
There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight.
As if one could know the good a person is capable of, when one doesn’t know the bad he might do.
Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.