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.
People have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others.
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.
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.
Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.
Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first,
of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
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.
When you really love a writer, what you want is an opinion from them on everything in the world.
Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.
- 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
- Gustave Flaubert French Novelist