Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
Somebody has to have the last word. If not, every argument could be opposed by another and we’d never be done with it.
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.
Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.
If Christianity is pessimistic as to man, it is optimistic as to human destiny. I can say that, pessimistic as to human destiny, I am optimistic as to man.
The absurd is sin without God.
At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.
Sometimes it is easier to see clearly into the liar than into the man who tells the truth. Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
If there is a sin against life, it lies perhaps less in despairing of it than in hoping for another and evading the implacable grandeur of the one we have.
Sin is hoping for another life and… eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.