I think the devil doesn’t exist, but man has created him, he has created him in his own image and likeness.
Saturnina Canaleta de Girona (detail), Federico de Madrazo y Kuntz, 1856
What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ - that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.
Vista sobre el Sena (detail), Eliseo Meifrén Roig, ca. 1890
God is necessary, and therefore must exist."
“Well, that’s wonderful.”
“But I know that he does not and cannot exist.”
“That’s more like it.”
“Don’t you understand that a man with these two thoughts cannot go on living?