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Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.
To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile.
The role of the intelligence - that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.
There can be a true grandeur in any degree of submissiveness, because it springs from loyalty to the laws and to an oath, and not from baseness of soul.
I would suggest that barbarism be considered as a permanent and universal human characteristic which becomes more or less pronounced according to the play of circumstances.
If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe.
More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.
We can only know one thing about God - that he is what we are not. Our wretchedness alone is an image of this. The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him.
With no matter what human being, taken individually, I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and misfortune do not suit him; either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great, or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed.
When once a certain class of people has been placed by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the ranks of those whose life has value, then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.
Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it.
I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea, which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization, as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.
Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.
The only hope of socialism resides in those who have already brought about in themselves, as far as is possible in the society of today, that union between manual and intellectual labor which characterizes the society we are aiming at.
To set up as a standard of public morality a notion which can neither be defined nor conceived is to open the door to every kind of tyranny.
The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
A mind enclosed in language is in prison.
Every time that I think of the crucifixion of Christ, I commit the sin of envy.
I suffer more from the humiliations inflicted by my country than from those inflicted on her.
What a country calls its vital... interests are not things that help its people live, but things that help it make war.
Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.
Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.
A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams.
Nothing is less instructive than a machine.
Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.
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