"In the depths of my heart I can’t help being convinced that my dear fellow-men, with a few exceptions, are worthless."
"All sins are attempts to fill voids."
"And silence, like darkness, can be kind; it, too, is a language."
"I am not what I am."
"I’ll shut myself off from everyone to the point of insensibility. Make an enemy of everyone, speak to no one."
"…One may smile, and smile, and be a villain."
"He does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted. This is a special kind of longing. The boy reading the fairy-tale desires and is happy in the very fact of desiring."
"When life was so short and there was so much to do it was a sinful thing to have breakfast a minute after half-past eight."