"Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."
"The ancient world was settled so sparsely that nature was not yet eclipsed by man. Nature hit you in the eye so plainly and grabbed you so fiercely and so tangibly by the scruff of the neck that perhaps it really was still full of gods."
"Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad"
"Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are."