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French Novelist and Author, 1871-1922
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A cathedral, a wave of a storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped
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A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
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A powerful idea communicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it
Ideas
A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
ChallengeIdeas
A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
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A work in which there are theories is like an object which still has the ticket that shows its price.
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A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
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All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
Decision
Any mental activity is easy if it need not take reality into account
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Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.
Art
As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
FreedomMen
As soon as one is unhappy one becomes moral
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Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
BooksWriters
Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.
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Everything great that we know has come from neurotics. never will the world be aware of how much it owes to them, nor above all what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
Drugs
For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.
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Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments
Habit
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind
GriefHappinessMind
Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
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His hatred of snobs was a derivative of his snobbishness, but made the simpletons (in other words, everyone) believe that he was immune from snobbishness
Snobbery
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