1. Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry.
2. Translation is the art of failure.
3. I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.
4. The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.
5. I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
6. A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
7. Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.
8. The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
9. When men stop believing in God, it isn’t that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.