The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds
Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows
Love is being stupid together.
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well
To write regular verses destroys an infinite number of fine possibilities, but at the same time it suggests a multitude of distant and totally unexpected thoughts
Politeness is organized indifference
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.
Power without abuse loses its charm
The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best
We are wont to condemn self-love; but what we really mean to condemn is contrary to self-love. It is that mixture of selfishness and self-hate that permanently pursues us, that prevents us from loving others, and that prohibits us from losing ourselves.
War: a massacre of people who don't know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don't massacre each other
Politics is the art of stopping people from minding their own business.
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.