''What a life! True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.''
''I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there.''
''Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.''
''Eternity. It is the sea mingled with the sun. ... L'éternité.''
''Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.''
''I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an ennervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.''
''Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.''
''One evening I sat Beauty on my knees—And I found her bitter—And I reviled her.''
''The Sun, the hearth of affection and life, pours burning love on the delighted earth.''
''The poet makes himself a seer by a long, prodigious, and rational disordering of all the senses. Every form of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he consumes all the poisons in him, and keeps only their quintessences.''
''When you are seventeen you aren't really serious.''
''I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.''
''I invented the colors of the vowels!—A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green—I made rules for the form and movement of each consonant, and, and with instinctive rhythms, I flattered myself that I had created a poetic language accessible, some day, to all the senses.''
''I is another.''
''But, truly, I have wept too much! The dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.''