Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.
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- Does our ferocity not derive from the fact that our instincts are all too interested in other people? If we attended more to ourselves and became the center, the object of our murderous inclinations, the sum of our intolerances would diminish.
- We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
- Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
- The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live –moreover, the only one.
- Negation is the mind’s first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.
- Tyranny destroys or strengthens the individual; freedom enervates him, until he becomes no more than a puppet. Man has more chances of saving himself by hell than by paradise.