Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.
Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
For life in general, there is but one decree: youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.
Old age is by nature rather talkative.
He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
It is not how old you are, but how you are old.
Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Life is like a library owned by the author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.
It's only terrible to have nothing to wait for.
Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
Im not in this world to live up to your expectations and youre not in this world to live up to mine.
I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.
My art and profession is to live.
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.