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Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
We call first truths those we discover after all the others.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life.
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
Life is the sum of your choices.
You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
We are all special cases.
You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

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"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." Make picture quote!
"Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object." Make picture quote!
"Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason." Make picture quote!
"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity." Make picture quote!
"To know oneself, one should assert oneself." Make picture quote!
"To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well." Make picture quote!
"To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn't everything." Make picture quote!
"Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without." Make picture quote!
"Methods of thought which claim to give the lead to our world in the name of revolution have become, in reality, ideologies of consent and not of rebellion." Make picture quote!
"Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears." Make picture quote!
"Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely." Make picture quote!
"Men are convinced of your arguments, your sincerity, and the seriousness of your efforts only by your death." Make picture quote!
"Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood - never." Make picture quote!
"Man wants to live, but it is useless to hope that this desire will dictate all his actions." Make picture quote!
"Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is." Make picture quote!
"Man is an idea, and a precious small idea once he turns his back on love." Make picture quote!
"To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one's landlady." Make picture quote!
"When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it." Make picture quote!
"It's a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money." Make picture quote!
"It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money." Make picture quote!
"Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them." Make picture quote!
"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." Make picture quote!
"You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade." Make picture quote!
"Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies." Make picture quote!
"Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil." Make picture quote!
"Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future." Make picture quote!
"We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage." Make picture quote!
"What the world requires of the Christians is that they should continue to be Christians." Make picture quote!
"What is a rebel? A man who says no." Make picture quote!
"We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives... inside ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We turn toward God only to obtain the impossible." Make picture quote!
"We rarely confide in those who are better than we are." Make picture quote!
"We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead." Make picture quote!
"We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die." Make picture quote!
"Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others." Make picture quote!
"As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means." Make picture quote!
"Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny." Make picture quote!
"Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question." Make picture quote!
"By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more." Make picture quote!
"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?" Make picture quote!
"Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken." Make picture quote!
"Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time." Make picture quote!
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." Make picture quote!
"Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves." Make picture quote!
"At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures - be what he is. And, above all, accept these things." Make picture quote!
"Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face." Make picture quote!
"An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself." Make picture quote!
"All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State." Make picture quote!
"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door." Make picture quote!
"Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful." Make picture quote!
"After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books." Make picture quote!
"A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing." Make picture quote!
"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened." Make picture quote!
"It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting." Make picture quote!
"At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face." Make picture quote!
"How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!" Make picture quote!
"Integrity has no need of rules." Make picture quote!
"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." Make picture quote!
"After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk of the most dreadful of deaths, whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion." Make picture quote!
"In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion." Make picture quote!
"It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all." Make picture quote!
"In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist." Make picture quote!
"Don't wait for the last judgment - it takes place every day." Make picture quote!
"I know of only one duty, and that is to love." Make picture quote!
"How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing." Make picture quote!
"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." Make picture quote!
"For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life." Make picture quote!
"For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied by barbarous refinements, has been trying to hold crime in check; yet crime persists. Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not, as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium." Make picture quote!
"Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic." Make picture quote!
"Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children." Make picture quote!
"Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being." Make picture quote!
"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." Make picture quote!
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is." Make picture quote!
"The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth." Make picture quote!
"The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone." Make picture quote!
"The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind." Make picture quote!
"The myth of unlimited production brings war in its train as inevitably as clouds announce a storm." Make picture quote!
"The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism." Make picture quote!
"The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor." Make picture quote!
"The real passion of the twentieth century is servitude." Make picture quote!
"The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves." Make picture quote!
"The society based on production is only productive, not creative." Make picture quote!
"Stupidity has a knack of getting its way." Make picture quote!
"A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world." Make picture quote!
"Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep." Make picture quote!
"Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature." Make picture quote!
"Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference." Make picture quote!
"Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present." Make picture quote!
"The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding." Make picture quote!
"There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed." Make picture quote!
"A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad." Make picture quote!
"A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession." Make picture quote!
"To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no-one in his right mind will believe this today." Make picture quote!
"To abandon oneself to principles is really to die - and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love." Make picture quote!
"Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators." Make picture quote!
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." Make picture quote!
"Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it." Make picture quote!
"Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence." Make picture quote!
"There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change." Make picture quote!
"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide." Make picture quote!
"The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody." Make picture quote!
"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants." Make picture quote!
"The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." Make picture quote!
"Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery." Make picture quote!
"One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves." Make picture quote!
"Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present." Make picture quote!
"Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offers us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time. " Make picture quote!
"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend." Make picture quote!
"He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool." Make picture quote!
"In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer." Make picture quote!
"It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature." Make picture quote!
"The act of love . . . is a confession. Selfishness screams aloud, vanity shows off, or else true generosity reveals itself." Make picture quote!
"The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence cynicism." Make picture quote!
"What then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared For there to be an equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal, who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him, and who from that moment onward had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life." Make picture quote!
"Without freedom, no art art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others." Make picture quote!

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