My heart, have you no wisdom thus to despair? My love, my love, my love, why have you left me alone?
Love (understood as the desire of good for another) is in fact so unnatural a phenomenon that it can scarcely repeat itself, the soul being unable to become virgin again and not having energy enough to cast itself out again into the ocean of another’s soul.
I think a child should be allowed to take his father’s or mother’s name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.
Every age must look for its sanction to its poetry and philosophy, for in these the human mind, as it looks backward or forward, attains to an eternal state.