Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
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- We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
- To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being.
- A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.
- The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
- The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live –moreover, the only one.
- No human beings more dangerous than those who have suffered for a belief: the great persecutors are recruited from the martyrs not quite beheaded. Far from diminishing the appetite for power, suffering exasperates it.