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"To act is to anchor in the imminent future." Make picture quote!
"The limit of every pain is an even greater pain." Make picture quote!
"The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself." Make picture quote!
"The more we try to rest ourselves from our Egos, the deeper we sink into it." Make picture quote!
"The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility." Make picture quote!
"The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary." Make picture quote!
"The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth." Make picture quote!
"There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be." Make picture quote!
"Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it." Make picture quote!
"To exist is a habit I do not despair of acquiring." Make picture quote!
"To Live signifies to believe and hope - to lie and to lie to oneself." Make picture quote!
"The Universal view melts things into a blur." Make picture quote!
"The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster." Make picture quote!
"The desire to die was my one and only concern; to it I have sacrificed everything, even death." Make picture quote!
"Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers." Make picture quote!
"So long as man is protected by madness - he functions - and flourishes." Make picture quote!
"Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls." Make picture quote!
"Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all." Make picture quote!
"Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim." Make picture quote!
"Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness." Make picture quote!
"Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors." Make picture quote!
"Philosophy: Impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas." Make picture quote!
"To venture upon an undertaking of any kind, even the most insignificant, is to sacrifice to envy." Make picture quote!
"What pride to discover that nothing belongs to you - what a revelation." Make picture quote!
"Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth." Make picture quote!
"We interest others by the misfortune we spread around us." Make picture quote!
"Our works, whatever they may be, derive from our incapacity to kill or to kill ourselves." Make picture quote!
"Sperm is a bandit in its pure state." Make picture quote!
"Write books only if you are going to say in them the things you would never dare confide to anyone." Make picture quote!
"Word - that invisible dagger." Make picture quote!
"Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea." Make picture quote!
"Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave, but almost always the oppressor turned slave." Make picture quote!
"When we cannot be delivered from ourselves, we delight in devouring ourselves." Make picture quote!
"What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name - and moving on." Make picture quote!
"What does the future, that half of time, matter to the man who is infatuated with eternity?" Make picture quote!
"We would not be interested in human beings if we did not have the hope of someday meeting someone worse off than ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We understand God by everything in ourselves that is fragmentary, incomplete, and inopportune." Make picture quote!
"To want fame is to prefer dying scorned than forgotten." Make picture quote!
"We inhabit a language rather than a country." Make picture quote!
"We die in proportion to the words we fling around us." Make picture quote!
"We derive our vitality from our store of madness." Make picture quote!
"We define only out of despair, we must have a formula... to give a facade tot he void." Make picture quote!
"We are born to Exist, not to know, to be, not to assert ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We are afraid of the enormity of the possible." Make picture quote!
"Under each formula lies a corpse." Make picture quote!
"Truths begin by a conflict with the police - and end by calling them in." Make picture quote!
"Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment." Make picture quote!
"Tolerance - the function of an extinguished ardor - tolerance cannot seduce the young." Make picture quote!
"You are done for - a living dead man - not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry, resides the mystery of life." Make picture quote!
"Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves." Make picture quote!
"If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot." Make picture quote!
"I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously?" Make picture quote!
"I have no nationality - the best possible status for an intellectual." Make picture quote!
"I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers." Make picture quote!
"Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off." Make picture quote!
"God - a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays." Make picture quote!
"Glory - once achieved, what is it worth?" Make picture quote!
"For you who no longer posses it, freedom is everything, for us who do, it is merely an illusion." Make picture quote!
"Everything is pathology, except for indifference." Make picture quote!
"Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation." Make picture quote!
"If, at the limit, you can rule without crime, you cannot do so without injustices." Make picture quote!
"Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious." Make picture quote!
"Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen." Make picture quote!
"Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires." Make picture quote!
"Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh." Make picture quote!
"Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself." Make picture quote!
"By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing." Make picture quote!
"Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter." Make picture quote!
"Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there." Make picture quote!
"A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech." Make picture quote!
"A marvel that has nothing to offer, democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb." Make picture quote!
"A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself." Make picture quote!
"Our first intuitions are the true ones." Make picture quote!
"The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live - moreover, the only one." Make picture quote!
"Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart." Make picture quote!
"No one can enjoy freedom without trembling." Make picture quote!
"A people represents not so much an aggregate of ideas and theories as of obsessions." Make picture quote!
"Imaginary pains are by far the most real we suffer, since we feel a constant need for them and invent them because there is no way of doing without them." Make picture quote!
"Nothing proves that we are more than nothing." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is so wearing as the possession or abuse of liberty." Make picture quote!
"One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other." Make picture quote!
"Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us." Make picture quote!
"My mission is to kill time, and time's to kill me in its turn. How comfortable one is among murderers." Make picture quote!
"Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness." Make picture quote!
"Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows." Make picture quote!
"Man must vanquish himself, must do himself violence, in order to perform the slightest action untainted by evil." Make picture quote!
"A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed." Make picture quote!
"Impossible to spend sleepless nights and accomplish anything: if, in my youth, my parents had not financed my insomnias, I should surely have killed myself." Make picture quote!
"No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one." Make picture quote!
"Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory." Make picture quote!
"In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world." Make picture quote!
"In order to have the stuff of a tyrant, a certain mental derangement is necessary." Make picture quote!
"Intelligence flourishes only in the ages when belief withers." Make picture quote!
"Isn't history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?" Make picture quote!
"It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other." Make picture quote!
"It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late." Make picture quote!
"Jealousy - that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion." Make picture quote!
"Life creates itself in delirium and is undone in ennui." Make picture quote!
"Life inspires more dread than death - it is life which is the great unknown." Make picture quote!
"A distant enemy is always preferable to one at the gate." Make picture quote!
"In a republic, that paradise of debility, the politician is a petty tyrant who obeys the laws." Make picture quote!




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