I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
Time is the best killer.
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.
I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
If we are not free, no one will respect us.
My art and profession is to live.
He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity's sunrise.
Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.
Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
When all life is seen as divine, everyone grows wings.
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
If man limits himself to a satisfied animal existence, and asks from life only what such an existence can give, the higher values of life at once disappear.
But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
Life has got to be lived-that's all that there is to it.
Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
Exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveller, who takes rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.