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"A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it."
"Any mental activity is easy if it need not take reality into account."
"As soon as one is unhappy one becomes moral."
"Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself."
"For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill."
"Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind."
"Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible."
"I perceived that to express those impressions, to write that essential book, which is the only true one, a great writer does not, in the current meaning of the word, invent it, but, since it exists already in each one of us, interprets it. The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter."
"If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time."
"If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure."
"Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey."
"In a separation it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things."
"In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make him fall in love with her."
"It is always thus, impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, that we make our irrevocable decisions."
"It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused."
"It is seldom indeed that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms, one would not part."
"Less disappointing than life, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best."
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
"Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination."
"Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit."
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