'to live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that is all.'
'the academy is too large and too vulgar. whenever i have been there, there have been either so many people that i have not been able to see the pictures, or so many pictures that i have not been able to see the people, which was worse.'
'the books that the world calls immoral books are the books that show the world its own shame'
'i write because it gives me the greatest possible pleasure to write. if my work pleases the few i am gratified. as for the mob, i have no desire to be a popular novelist. it is far too easy.'