Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
An 'unemployed' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.
Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.
I am I plus my circumstances.
Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.
Life is an operation which is done in a forward direction. One lives toward the future, because to live consists inexorably in doing, in each individual life making itself.
The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.
The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent; a sort of love without a beloved, the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.
Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.
There may be as much nobility in being last as in being first, because the two positions are equally necessary in the world, the one to complement the other.
We cannot put off living until we are ready.
Law is born from despair of human nature.
Barbarism is the absence of standards to which appeal can be made.
In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.
To live is to feel oneself lost.
The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.
We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.
The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration.