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  1. Hate traps us by binding us too tightly to our adversary.

  2. Happiness is the longing for repetition.

  3. Eroticism is like a dance: one always leads the other.

  4. True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.

  5. Let us consider the critic, therefore, as a discoverer of discoveries.

  6. I think, therefore I am is the statement of an intellectual who underrates toothaches.

  7. The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.

  8. The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

  9. A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.

  10. All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.

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  11. We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.

  12. Nothing is more repugnant to me than brotherly feelings grounded in the common baseness people see in one another.

  13. Optimism is the opium of the people.

  14. Listening to a news broadcast is like smoking a cigarette and crushing the butt in the ashtray.

  15. Solitude: a sweet absence of looks.

  16. The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone.

  17. Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful.

  18. The serial number of a human specimen is the face, that accidental and unrepeatable combination of features. It reflects neither character nor soul, nor what we call the self. The face is only the serial number of a specimen.

  19. We don't know when our name came into being or how some distant ancestor acquired it. We don't understand our name at all, we don't know its history and yet we bear it with exalted fidelity, we merge with it, we like it, we are ridiculously proud of it as if we had thought it up ourselves in a moment of brilliant inspiration.

  20. For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?

  21. A route differs from a road not only because it is solely intended for vehicles, but also because it is merely a line that connects one point with another. A route has no meaning in itself; its meaning derives entirely from the two points that it connects. A road is a tribute to space. Every stretch of road has meaning in itself and invites us to stop. A route is the triumphant devaluation of space, which thanks to it has been reduced to a mere obstacle to human movement and a waste of time.

  22. The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.

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  23. Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.

  24. High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.

  25. Without the meditative background that is criticism, works become isolated gestures, historical accidents, soon forgotten.

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  26. A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument; on the contrary, it is gestures that use us as their instruments, as their bearers and incarnations.

  27. Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.

  28. There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.

  29. I find myself fascinating.

  30. A wave of anger washed over me, anger against myself, at my age at the time, that stupid lyrically age, when a man is too great a riddle to himself to be interested in the riddles outside himself and when other people are mere walking mirrors in which he is amazed to find his own emotions, his own worth.

  31. The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.

  32. Oh lovers! be careful in those dangerous first days! once you've brought breakfast in bed you'll have to bring it forever, unless you want to be accused of lovelessness and betrayal.

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  33. The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists' discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.

  34. The greater the ambiguity, the greater the pleasure.

  35. Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.

  36. People are going deaf because music is played louder and louder, but because they're going deaf, it has to be played louder still.

  37. Woman is the future of man. That means that the world which was once formed in man's image will now be transformed to the image of woman. The more technical and mechanical, cold and metallic it becomes, the more it will need the kind of warmth that only the woman can give it. If we want to save the world, we must adapt to the woman, let ourselves be led by the woman, let ourselves be penetrated by the Ewigweiblich, the eternally feminine!

  38. Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.

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  39. Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.

  40. There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.

  41. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always a sketch. No sketch is not quite the right word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch of nothing, an outline with no picture.

  42. The present era grabs everything that was ever written in order to transform it into films, TV programs; or cartoons. What is essential in a novel is precisely what can only be expressed in a novel, and so every adaptation contains nothing but the non-essential. If a person is still crazy enough to write novels nowadays and wants to protect them, he has to write them in such a way that they cannot be adapted, in other words, in such a way that they cannot be retold.

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  43. A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.

  44. You can't measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange.

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  45. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.

  46. Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.

  47. The word change, so dear to our Europe, has been given a new meaning: it no longer means a new stage of coherent development (as it was understood by Vico, Hegel or Marx), but a shift from one side to another, from front to back, from the back to the left, from the left to the front (as understood by designers dreaming up the fashion for the next season).

  48. Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight.

  49. People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.

  50. No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.

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