Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first,
of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
When you really love a writer, what you want is an opinion from them on everything in the world.
We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in
seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic;
the passions that we feel expand it,
those that we inspire contract it;
and habit fills up what remains.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.
We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.
- Andre Gide French Novelist
- Jean Cocteau French Poet, Novelist
- Michel Houellebecq French Novelist
- Simone de Beauvoir French Philosopher
- Marquis de Sade French Political leader
- Anatole France French Novelist
- Remy de Gourmont French Poet, Novelist, Critic
- Victor Hugo French Novelist
- Romain Gary French Diplomat
- Guy de Maupassant French Novelist