The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.
Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.
Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness it is always urgent, 'here and now,' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us pointblank.
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitalitythe supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.
The most radical division that it is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it into two classes of creatures Those who make great demands on themselves, piling up difficulties and duties and those who demand nothing special of themselves, bu
The world is the sum-total of our vital possibilities.
To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.
The real magic wand is the child's own mind
Civilization is nothing else than the attempt to reduce force to being the last resort
Abasement, degradation is simply the manner of life of the man who has refused to be what it is his duty to be.
Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it
An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
Law is born from despair of human nature.
Life is an operation which is done in a forward direction. One lives toward the future, because to live consists inexorably in doing, in each individual life making itself.
To live is to feel oneself lost
Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do.
Poetry is adolescence fermented and thus preserved
A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation
Revolution is not the uprising against preexisting order, but the setting up of a new order contradictory to the traditional one
An 'unemployed' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.
Biography - a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.
In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.