from Aphorisms

Translated by Douglas Basford
Psychoanalysis
always looks for the egg
in a basket
that has been lost.

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I sample sin as if it were
the beginning of well-being.

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I don't like Paradise
as they probably don't have obsessions there.

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If God absolves me
he always does so
for insufficient
evidence.

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Everyone is a friend of his own pathology.

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When I raise a toast to madness,
I toast myself as well.

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There are nights that don't
ever happen.

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