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Quote Left If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house. Quote Right
Quote Left Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort. Quote Right
Quote Left All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it. Quote Right
Quote Left A car can massage organs which no masseur can reach. It is the one remedy for the disorders of the great sympathetic nervous system. Quote Right
Quote Left Art is science made clear. Quote Right
Quote Left Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity. Quote Right
Quote Left I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say. Quote Right
Quote Left Life is a horizontal fall. Quote Right
Quote Left Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time. Quote Right
Quote Left The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order. Quote Right
Quote Left If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it. Quote Right
Quote Left I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike? Quote Right
Quote Left The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head. Quote Right
Quote Left Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. Quote Right
Quote Left The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizzare which seems inherent in them. Quote Right
Quote Left The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. Quote Right
Quote Left Everything one does in life, even love, occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death. Quote Right
Quote Left We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like Quote Right
Quote Left An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original. Quote Right
Quote Left Such is the role of poetry. It unveils, in the strict sense of the word. It lays bare, under a light which shakes off torpor, the surprising things which surround us and which our senses record mechanically. Quote Right
Quote Left The joy of youth is to disobey; but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders. Quote Right
Quote Left The extreme limit of wisdom--that is what the public calls madness. Quote Right
Quote Left The extreme limit of wisdom-- that is what the public calls madness. Quote Right
Quote Left Tact is knowing how far to go too far. Quote Right
Quote Left Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts. Quote Right
Quote Left The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood. Quote Right
Quote Left The Louver is a morgue; you go there to identify your friends. Quote Right
Quote Left Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature. Quote Right
Quote Left It is not I who become addicted, it is my body. Quote Right
Quote Left Poetry is indispensable --if I only knew what for. Quote Right