“Whoever Fights Monsters Should See to It That in the Process He Does Not Become a Monster.”
If you gaze long enough into the past, the past will gaze back into you.
And those who could not hear the music were seen to be insane by those who were dancing.
That which does not kill us does not kill us.
The most perfidious way of harming a child consists of declaiming it deliberately with faulty arguments.
Sometimes people want to hear the truth because they want their illusions destroyed.
There are no facts, only memories.
Throw a poem into the abyss and say: ‘here is my thanks to the monster who didn’t succeed in swallowing me alive.’
It is possible to suffer without making someone pay for it.
Familial abuse is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern.
There are eternal facts, as there are absolute truths.
In heaven, all the interesting people are child molestors.
One must pay dearly for remembering; one has to die several times while still alive.
I assess the power of a child by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Invisible threads are the weakest ties.
Pride says, ‘I did that.’ Memory replies, ‘I could not have done that.’ Eventually, memory yields.
Love, too, has to be taught.
It is hard enough to remember my feelings, without also remembering the reasons for them.
Become who you might have been.
What is the seal of shame? Not to be liberated in front of oneself.
In individuals, savagery is rare; but in families, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Without remembering it is quite impossible to live at all.
Talking much about oneself can also be a means to reveal oneself.
Nietzsche was a bore.
Feelings are the shadows of our memories.
There are two different types of people in the world, those who want to know, and those who don’t want to know.
The dis-advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same bad things for the first time.
There is more body in your philosophy than in your deepest wisdom.
There are no terrible surfaces without a beautiful depth.
Silence is worse; all children that are kept silent become poisonous.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the past. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of knowing yourself.
Poets are exploited by their shames: they experience them.
We have the truth in order not to die of art.
Animal is the cruelest man.