Art begins with resistance at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for what you are not.
The most decisive actions of our life -- I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future -- are, more often than not, unconsidered.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.
It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor.
It is essential to persuade the soldier that those he is being urged to massacre are bandits who do not deserve to live; before killing other good, decent fellows like himself, his gun would fall from his hands
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes
The belief that becomes truth for me - is that which allows me the best use of my strength, the best means of putting my virtues into action
Prejudices are the props of civilization
I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.
To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom