A rational analysis of the consequences of a decision does not make the decision rational; the consequences do not determine our decision; it is always we who decide.
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.
As soon as a religion comes to dominate it has as its opponents all those who would have been its first disciples.
There is no happiness on earth to compare with that which a beautiful and fruitful mind finds in a propitious hour within itself.
In all judgements by which we describe anything as beautiful, we allow no one to be of another opinion.
Our job as a writer is to represent the world and to bear witness to it.
Psychoanalysts are bent on producing man abstractly, that is to say ideologically, for culture. It is Oedipus who produces man in this fashion and who gives a structure to the false movement of infinite progression and regression.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
[Philosophy] must set limits to what can be thought; and, in doing so, to what cannot be thought. It must set limits to what cannot be thought by working outwards through what can be thought.