"Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is."
"Democracy is an abuse of statistics."
"Every writer "creates" his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future."
"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."
"I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations, and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left."
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
"Life itself is a quotation."
"Like all those possessing a library, Aurelian was aware that he was guilty of not knowing his in its entirety."
"Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone."
"One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite."
"Reality is not always probable, or likely."
"The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb."
"The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing."
"The original is unfaithful to the translation."
"The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things."
"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."
"To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely."
"To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god."
"Writing is nothing more than a guided dream."