The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.
Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He'd rather not sign His own name.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
God, conquered, will become Satan; Satan, conquering, will become God. May the fates spare me this terrible lot; I love the Hell which formed my genius. I love the Earth where I have done some good, if it be possible to do any good in this fearful world where beings live but by rapine.