1. 10

    A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

  2. 9

    Stupid — well, there are so many kinds of stupidity, and cleverness is one of the worst.

  3. 8

    Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.

  4. 7

    War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.

  5. 6

    Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.

  6. 5

    Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.

  7. 4

    For the myth is the foundation of life; it is the timeless schema, the pious formula into which life flows when it reproduces its traits out of the unconscious.

  8. 3

    Order and simplification are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject.

  9. 2

    Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.

  10. 1

    A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less articulate than those of a gregarious man.

  11. Last Update: 20 October 2021

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