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(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.
      - [Anticipation]

A powerful idea communicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it.
      - [Ideas]

Any mental activity is easy if it need not take reality into account.
      - [Reality]

As soon as one is unhappy one becomes moral.
      - [Morality : Unhappiness]

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.
      - [Happiness]

In reality, in love there is a permanent suffering which joy neutralizes, renders virtual, delays, but which can at any moment become what it would have become long earlier if one had not obtained what one wanted, atrocious.
      - [Love]

It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying.
      - [Death]

It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.
      - [Tears]

It is seldom indeed that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms, one would not part.
      - [Parting]

It's odd how a person always arouses admiration for his moral qualities among the relatives of another with whom he has sexual relations. Physical love, so unjustifiably decried, makes everyone show, down to the least detail, all he has of goodness and self-sacrifice, so that he shines even in the eyes of those nearest to him.
      - [Love]

Less disappointing than life, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best.
      - [Art]

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.
      - [Simplicity]

Often it is just lack of imagination that keeps a man from suffering very much.
      - [Imagination]

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
      - [Art]

Our intonations contain our philosophy of life, what each of us is constantly telling himself about things.
      - [Talking]

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
      - [Learning]

The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter.
      - [Writers]

The features of our face are hardly more than gestures which have become permanent.
      - [Face]

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.
      - [Habit]

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes, in seeing the universe with the eyes of another, of hundreds of others, in seeing the hundreds of universes that each of them sees.
      - [Discovery]

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
      - [Discovery]

The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it, and habit fills up what remains.
      - [Time]

The true paradises are the lost paradises.
      - [Paradise]

There is not a woman in the world that possession of whom is as precious as that of the truth which she reveals to us by causing us to suffer.
      - [Love]

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