Because of lies, we can produce and invent a possible world.
We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death.
To read a paper book is another experience: you can do it on a ship, on the branch of a tree, on your bed, even if there is a blackout.
When the poet is in love, he is incapable of writing poetry on love. He has to write when he remembers that he was in love.
A secret is powerful when it is empty.
When someone has to intervene to defend the liberty of the press, that society is sick.
I could work in the shower if I had plastic paper.
You die, but most of what you have accumulated will not be lost; you are leaving a message in a bottle.
Musical compositions can be very sad - Chopin - but you have the pleasure of this sadness. The cheap consolation is: you will be happy. The higher consolation is the pleasure and recognition of your unhappiness, the pleasure of having recognised that fate, destiny and life are such as they are and so you reach a higher form of consciousness.
The United States needed a civil war to unite properly.
Our life is full of empty space.
But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.
Semiotics is a general theory of all existing languages... all forms of communication - visual, tactile, and so on... There is general semiotics, which is a philosophical approach to this field, and then there are many specific semiotics.
I think of myself as a serious professor who, during the weekend, writes novels.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner.
When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.
The problem with the Internet is that it gives you everything - reliable material and crazy material. So the problem becomes, how do you discriminate?