Life is not sad, but
it has sad moments.
Do not ever cry for having lost the
sunshine, the tears will prevent you from seeing the
Happiness is the perfume of the soul.
Success matters little, what's essential is
to be great, not to appear great.
I do not call those who have prevailed by force or
by their mental power heroes. I call heroes only
those who were great in their heart.
A hero is one who does what he can. The others
There is only one heroism in the world, it's to
see the world as it is, and to love it.
One does not do what one desires. One
desires, and one lives, that's two different
We don't choose, our destiny chooses, and the wise
thing to do is to show ourselves worthy of its
choice, whatever it should be.
To create in the region of the body, or in the
region of the mind, is to issue from the prison of
the body. To create is to triumph over death.
All the joys of life are the joys of
creation: love, genius, action,— quickened by flames
issuing from one and the same fire.
Joy, furious joy, the sun that lights up all that
is and will be, the godlike joy of creation! There
is no joy except in creation. There are no living
beings but those who create. All the rest are
shadows, hovering over the earth, strangers to life.
Life is hard. It is a continuous struggle for all
those who cannot come to terms with mediocrity. For
the most part it is a painful struggle, lacking
sublimity, lacking happiness, fought in solitude and
Even without hope, the fight itself is still a