1. 10

    Better to be an animal than a man, an insect than an animal, a plant than an insect, and so on. Salvation? Whatever diminishes the kingdom of consciousness and compromises its supremacy.

    36
  2. 9

    Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, chaos is being yourself.

    40
  3. 8

    The multiplication of our kind borders on the obscene; the duty to love them, on the preposterous.

    44
  4. 7

    Only optimists commit suicide, optimists who no longer succeed at being optimists. The others, having no reason to live, why would they have any to die?

    44
  5. 6

    Paradise was unendurable, otherwise the first man would have adapted to it; this world is no less so, since here we regret paradise or anticipate another one. What to do? Where to go? Do nothing and go nowhere, easy enough.

    46
  6. 5

    The aphorism is cultivated only by those who have known fear in the midst of words, that fear of collapsing with all the words.

    52
  7. 4

    You are done for - a living dead man - not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry, resides the mystery of life.

    70
  8. 3

    By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.

    77
  9. 2

    Do I look like someone who has something to do here on earth?' โ€”That's what I'd like to answer the busybodies who inquire into my activities.

    83
  10. 1

    There is no other world. Nor even this one. What, then, is there? The inner smile provoked in us by the patent nonexistence of both.

    109
  11. Last Update: 8 March 2021

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