No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.
There are now many invisible people on stage.
It isn't what people think that's important, but the reason they think what they think.
Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, I'd be a politician.
People always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.
To introduce people to a different world, to encounter the miracle of being, that is important. When I write The train arrives at the station, it is banal, but at the same time sensational, because it is invented.
People who don't read are brutes. It is better to write than to make war, isn't it?
There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.
That's not it. That's not it at all. You always have a tendency to add. But one must be able to subtract too. It's not enough to integrate, you must also disintegrate. That's the way life is. That's philosophy. That's science. That's progress, civilization.
I've always been suspicious of collective truths.
But History was against me. History is right, objectively speaking. I'm just a historical dead end. I hope at least that my fate will serve as an example to you all and to posterity.
My work has been essentially a dialogue with death, asking him, Why? Why? So only death can silence me. Only death can close my lips.
It's not a certain society that seems ridiculous to me, it's mankind.
You can stay in society and be alone, as long as you can be detached from the world. This is why I don't think I have ever gone for the easy option or done things that were expected of me.
A man with a soul is not like every other man.