The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.
What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.
Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
Art is the collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
It is good to follow one’s own bent, so long as it leads upward.
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.
The most decisive actions of life are most often unconsidered actions.
To what a degree the same past can leave different marks – and especially admit of different interpretations.
Nothing is so silly as the expression of a man who is being complimented.
It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.
‘Therefore’ is a word the poet must not know.
God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved.