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Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Love is space and time measured by the heart.
A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.
A catherdral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.
A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
And all the winds go sighing, For sweet things dying.
Desire makes everything blossom possession makes everything wither and fade.
Everything great that we know has come from neurotics never will the world be aware of how much it owes to them, nor above all what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge we make promise only; pain we obey.
It is a mistake to speak of a bad choice in love, since as soon as a choice exists, it can only be bad.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the comma bacillus.
The bonds that unite another person to ourselves exist only in our mind. Memory as it grows fainter relaxes them, and notwithstanding the illusion by which we would fain be cheated and with which, out of love, friendship, politeness, deference, duty, we cheat other people, we exist alone. Man is the creature that cannot emerge from himself, that knows his fellows only in himself when he asserts the contrary, he is lying.
The charms of a passing woman are usually in direct relation to the speed of her passing.
The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.
The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.
The one thing more difficult than following a regimen is not imposing it on others.
The only paradise is paradise lost.
The opinions we hold of one another, our relations with friends and kinfolk are in no sense permanent, save in appearance, but are as eternally fluid as the sea itself.
The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
The true paradises are paradises we have lost.
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible.
Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.
Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.
We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
We don't receive wisdom we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take us or spare us.
We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond.

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