A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.
At times I think and at times I am.
A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.
A really free mind is scarcely attached to its opinions. If the mind cannot help giving birth to.. Emotions and affections which at first appear to be inseparable from them, it reacts against these intimate phenomena it experiences against its will.
A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.
A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.
A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.
The determinist swears that if we knew everything we should also be able to deduce and foretell the conduct of every man in every circumstance, and that is obvious enough. But the expression know everything means nothing.
Great things are accomplished by men who are not conscious of the impotence of man. Such insensitiveness is precious. But we must admit that criminals are not unlike our heroes in this respect.
God created man, and finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a female companion so that he might feel his solitude more acutely.
Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
The commerce of minds was necessarily the first commerce in the world,.. Since before bartering things one must barter signs, and it is necessary therefore that signs be instituted. There is no market or exchange without language. The first instrument of all commerce is language.
The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.