Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
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Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
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Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
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The missionary is no longer a man, a conscience. He is a corpse, in the hands of a confraternity, without family, without love, without any of the sentiments that are dear to us. Emasculated, in a sense, by his vow of chastity, he offers us the distressing spectacle of a man deformed and impotent or engaged in a stupid and useless struggle with the sacred needs of the flesh, a struggle which, seven times out of ten, leads him to sodomy, the gallows, or prison.
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I have always wanted a mistress who was fat, and I have never found one. To make a fool of me, they are always pregnant.
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Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?
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We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.
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Gauguin, Paul

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