Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
Those who are condemned to death affect sometimes a constancy and contempt for death which is only the fear of facing it; so that one may say that this constancy and contempt are to their mind what the bandage is to their eyes.
Men are not only prone to forget benefits and injuries; they even hate those who have obliged them, and cease to hate those who have injured them. The necessity of revenging an injury or of recompensing a benefit seems a slavery to which they are unwilling to submit.
Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment - they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
There is the good and the bad, the great and the low, the just and the unjust. I swear to you that all that will never change.
Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it.
Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
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