The very same reason which one man may regard as a motive for taking care to prolong his life may be regarded by another man as a motive for shooting himself.
Apart from the fact there is no normal standard of health, nobody has proved that man is necessarily cheerful by nature. And further, man, by the very fact of being man, of possessing consciousness, is, in comparison with the ass or the crab, a diseased animal. Consciousness is a disease.
Little can be hoped for from a ruler... who has not at some time or other been preoccupied, even if only confusedly, with the first beginning and ultimate end of all things, and above all of man, with the why of his origin and the wherefore of his destiny.
...this visionary tells us, under the form of images, that each angel, each society of angels, and the whole of heaven comprehensively surveyed, appear in human form, and in the virtue of this human form the Lord rules them as one man.
Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man - that is, the more divine - the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish.
Reason, that which we call reason, reflex and reflective knowledge, the distinguishing mark of man, is a social product.
I am the center of my universe, the center of the universe, and in my supreme anguish I cry with Michelet, Mon moi, ils m'arrachent mon moi! What is a man profited if he shall gain the world and lose his own soul? (Matt. xvi. 26).
The ascetic morality is a negative morality. And strictly, what is important for a man is not to die, whether he sins or not.