"Healthy people should always, so to speak, take certain risks. For what other reason, blast and confound it, is a person healthy? Simply in order to stop living one day at the height of one's health?"
"I know now more than ever that intellectual circles are filled with philistinism. I mean moral and aesthetic chickenheartedness."
"I don't want a future, I want a present."
"You have a future only when you have no present, and when you have a present, you forget to even think about the future."
"Life is so tedious and this encourages the development of oddities."
"How can you mean to portray a life when you've scarcely yet experienced one?"
"What was a dead man? What else but a reminder to live?"
"You believe all kinds of things when you lack experience, and later you experience things that make you see the world quite differently."
"I cannot live and at the same time despise my life. I must find myself a life, a new life, even if all of life consists only of an endless search for life."
"I found the days so beautiful I'd have considered it impertinent to desecrate them with work. You know how much is lost by daily work."
"Starting over from the beginning, even if it was for the fiftieth time now, what did it matter."
"I'm quite conscious of my virtues and weaknesses, and take pains to avoid boasting about either."