A writer is a foreign country.
Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.
Amid a hail of machine gun fire you notice the existence of your skin.
Banality is sometimes striking.
Drinking isn't necessarily the same as wanting to die. But you can't drink without thinking you're killing yourself.
Get rid of things or you'll spend your whole life tidying up.
Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire.
I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that.
It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him.
It's not that you have to achieve anything, it's that you have to get away from where you are.
Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable. A journalist is someone who looks at the world and the way it works, someone who takes a close look at things every day and reports what she sees, someone who represents the world, the event, for others. She cannot do her work without judging what she sees.
Life is only lived full-time by women with children.
Madness is like intelligence, you know. You can't explain it. Just like intelligence. It comes on you, it fills you, and then you understand it. But when it goes away you can't understand it at all any longer.
No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
Oh, how good it is to be with someone, sometimes.
One should never be cured of one's passion.
The best way to fill time is to waste it.
You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.
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