(1909-1943) French Philosopher, Mystic
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Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life.
Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Beauty always promises, but never gives anything.
I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.
If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else.
The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation.
There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.
When a contradiction is impossible to resolve except by a lie, then we know that it is really a door.
When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.
Why is it that reality, when set down untransposed in a book, sounds false?