For a time I would feel I belonged still to a world of straightforward facts; but the feeling would not last long.
Even extreme grief may ultimately ventitself in violence—but more generally takes the form of apathy.
By heavens! there is something after all in the world allowing one man to steal a horse while another must not look at a halter.
No, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one's existence—that which makes its truth, its meaning—its subtle and penetrating essence. It is impossible.
The yarns of seamen have a direct simplicity, the whole meaning of which lies within the shell of a cracked nut.
[...] brute force — nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.
[...] I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me.
There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies [...]. It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do.
The mind of man is capable of anything — because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.
I don't like work — no man does — but I like what is in work — the chance to find yourself. Your own reality — for yourself, not for others — what no other man can ever know.
It occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility.
No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out, [...].
We live, as we dream – alone.
The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself — that comes too late — a crop of unextinguishable regrets.
I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat, in a sickly atmosphere of tepid skepticism, without much belief in your own right, and still less in that of your adversary.