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Hearing, seeing and understand...

Hearing, seeing and understanding each other, humanity from one end of the earth to the other now lives simultaneously, omnipresent like a god thanks to its own creative ability. And, thanks to its victory over space and time, it would now be splendidly united for all time, if it were not confused again and again by that fatal delusion which causes humankind to keep on destroying this grandiose unity and to destroy itself with the same resources which gave it power over the elements.

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We live through myriads of sec...

We live through myriads of seconds, yet it is always one, just one, that casts our entire inner world into turmoil, the second when (as Stendhal has described it) the internal inflorescence, already steeped in every kind of fluid, condenses and crystallizes—a magical second, like the moment of generation, and like that moment concealed in the warm interior of the individual life, invisible, untouchable, beyond the reach of feeling, a secret experienced alone. No algebra of the mind can calculate it, no alchemy of pre

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There are two kinds of pity. O...

There are two kinds of pity. One, the weak and sentimental kind, which is really no more than the heart's impatience to be rid as quickly as possible of the painful emotion aroused by the sight of another's unhappiness, that pity which is not compassion, but only an instinctive desire to fortify one's own soul agains the sufferings of another; and the other, the only one at counts, the unsentimental but creative kind, which knows what it is about and is determined to hold out, in patience and forbearance, to the very l

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Memory is so corrupt that you ...

Memory is so corrupt that you remember only what you want to; if you want to forget about something, slowly but surely you do.

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I hadn't had a book in my hand...

I hadn't had a book in my hands for four months, and the mere idea of a book where I could see words printed one after another, lines, pages, leaves, a book in which I could pursue new, different, fresh thoughts to divert me, could take them into my brain, had something both intoxicating and stupefying about it.

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All I know is that I shall be ...

All I know is that I shall be alone again. There is nothing more terrible than to be alone among human beings.

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All my life I have been passio...

All my life I have been passionately interested in monomaniacs of any kind, people carried away by a single idea. The more one limits oneself, the closer one is to the infinite; these people, as unworldly as they seem, burrow like termites into their own particular material to construct, in miniature, a strange and utterly individual image of the world.

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Only ambition is fired by the ...

Only ambition is fired by the coincidences of success and easy accomplishment but nothing is quite as splendidly uplifting to the heart as the defeat of a human being who battles against the invincible superiority of fate. This is always the most grandiose of all tragedies, one sometimes created by a dramatist but created thousands of times by life.

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Immanuel Kant lived with knowl...

Immanuel Kant lived with knowledge as with his lawfully wedded wife, slept with it in the same intellectual bed for forty years and begot an entire German race of philosophical systems.

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Only the person who has experi...

Only the person who has experienced light and darkness, war and peace, rise and fall, only that person has truly experienced life.

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In history as in human life, r...

In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour.

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The free, independent spirit w...

The free, independent spirit who commits himself to no dogma and will not decide in favor of any party has no homestead on earth.

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Fate is never too generous eve...

Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed.

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The idea of Jewish unity, of a...

The idea of Jewish unity, of a plan, an organization, unfortunately exists only in the brains of Hitler and Streicher.

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When they are preparing for wa...

When they are preparing for war, those who rule by force speak most copiously about peace until they have completed the mobilization process.

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Formerly man had only a body a...

Formerly man had only a body and a soul. Now he needs a passport as well for without it he will not be treated like a human being.

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There are two types of compass...

There are two types of compassion. One - is faint-hearted and sentimental. Actually, it is nothing more than impatience of the heart, that is hurrying to get rid of that hard feeling when you see other peoples' sufferings; this is not a compassion, but just an instinct will to defence yourself from misfortunes of others. But there is another compassion - real one, that demands for actions, not sentiments, it knows what it wants, and it is full of determination to do everything, what is in human power and even beyond it

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