A sub-clerk in the post office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.

The Absurd Man

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Don’t walk in front of me because I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me because I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Martyrs, my friend, have to choose between being forgotten, mocked or used. As for being understood – never.

More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.

Notebooks 1935-1942 (1962), March 1940 entry