The facts of life do not penetrate to the sphere in which our beliefs are cherished; they did not engender those beliefs, and they are powerless to destroy them.[Les faits ne pénètrent pas dans le monde où vivent nos croyances, ils n’ont pas fait naître celles-ci, ils ne les détruisent pas.]
The best brothel-scenes in literature have been written, without exception, by pious believers or pious unbelievers.
The ancient belief that dreams foretell the future is not wholly devoid of truth. By picturing our wishes as fulfilled, dreams are after all leading us into the future. But this future, which the dreamer pictures as the present, has been moulded by his indestructible wish into a perfect likeness of the past.
One must accept truth. It’s no good basing your life on a lie because it’s what you want to believe.
It is only when you meet someone of a different culture from yourself that you begin to realize what your own beliefs really are.
It is not the struggle of opinions that has made history so turbulent; but the struggle of belief in opinions.