But perhaps the great work of art has less importance in itself than in the ordeal it demands of a man and the opportunity it provides him of overcoming his phantoms and approaching a little closer to his naked reality.

The Ephemeral Creation

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Abstract Art: A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

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Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.

The Fall

Integrity has no need of rules.

For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.