Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.
This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.
As you go through life, you've got to see the valleys as well as the peaks.
It is not how old you are, but how you are old.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.
We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.
Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life.
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.
Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.