A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood.
Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate… but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.
Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.
Don Quixote’s misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.
Don’t despair, not even over the fact that you don’t despair.
Dread of night. Dread of not-night.
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
Evil is whatever distracts.
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
– “Am I a romantic? I’ve seen Wuthering Heights ten times. I’m a romantic.”
– “Anything I’ve done up till May 27th 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.”
– “As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.”
– “France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.”
– “How many chances to you get to make a musical about a serial killer? The minute Tim Burton approached me, I was in.”
– “I am doing things that are true to me. The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled.”
– “I don’t pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do.”
– “I guess I’m attracted to these off beat roles because my life has been a bit abnormal. The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled.”
– “I may have a feather duster down my pants.”
– “I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.”
– “I remember in that red leisure suit I sort of felt like a Pizza Hut employee, and the white one was the ultimate, with the white turtleneck collar, that was the ultimate in bad taste.”
– “I think everybody’s nuts.”
– “I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.”
– “I was ecstatic they re-named ‘French Fries’ as ‘Freedom Fries’. Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots.”
– “I’m an old-fashioned guy… I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.”
– “I’m not sure I’m adult yet.”
– “I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it.”
– “If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.”
– “If you catch me saying ‘I am a serious actor,’ I beg you to slap me.”
– “It’s all kinds of these profound things crashing on you when your child arrives into the world. It’s like you’ve met your reason to live.”