"All art is a confession."
"Nothing on earth can make up for the loss of one who has loved you."
"I see the green earth covered with the works of man or with the ruins of men’s work. The pyramids weigh down the earth, the tower of Babel has pierced the sky, the lovely temples and the gray castles have fallen into ruins. But of all those things which hands have built, what hasn’t fallen nor ever will fall?Dear friends, throw away the trowel and mortarboard! Throw your masons’ aprons over your heads and lie down to build dreams! What are temples of stone and clay to the soul? Learn to build eternal mansions of dreams and visions!"
"Have you ever seen a child sitting on its mother’s knee listening to fairy stories? As long as the child is told of cruel giants and of the terrible suffering of beautiful princesses, it holds its head up and its eyes open; but if the mother begins to speak of happiness and sunshine, the little one closes its eyes and falls asleep with its head against her breast.I am a child like that, too. Others may like stories of flowers and sunshine; but I choose the dark nights and sad destinies."
"If dead things love, if earth and water distinguish friends from enemies, I should like to possess their love. I should like the green earth not to feel my step as a heavy burden. I should like her to forgive that she for my sake is wounded by plough and harrow, and willingly to open for my dead body."
"Here, no mercy is shown. One hates one's fellow man to the glory of God."
"More die in flight than in battle."
"He who is sorrowful can force himself to smile, but he who is glad cannot weep."
"For what is man's soul but a flame? It flickers in and around the body of a man as does the flame around the rough log."
"The way out is through the door you came in."
"Do not adjust your mind, the fault is in reality."
"I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away."