To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
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- Every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.
- Life itself is a quotation.
- Literature is not exhaustible, for the sufficient and simple reason that a single book is not. A book is not an isolated entity: it is a narration, an axis of innumerable narrations. One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read.
- Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
- The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
- I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.