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  • #1
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

  • #2
    Charles Bukowski
    “People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love.”
    Charles Bukowski, Women

  • #3
    Charles Bukowski
    “It was true that I didn’t have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?”
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum

  • #4
    J.G. Ballard
    “A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, status -- all these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremendous sexual event really: a liberation of human and machine libido (if there is such a thing).”
    J.G. Ballard

  • #5
    Georges Bataille
    “I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction.”
    Georges Bataille, Violent Silence: Celebrating Georges Bataille

  • #6
    Antonin Artaud
    “If our life lacks a constant magic it is because we choose to observe our acts and lose ourselves in consideration of their imagined form and meaning, instead of being impelled by their force.”
    Antonin Artaud, The Theater and Its Double

  • #7
    Woody Allen
    “Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.”
    Woody Allen

  • #8
    Woody Allen
    “I'm not anti-social. I'm just not social.”
    Woody Allen

  • #9
    William Gibson
    “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
    William Gibson, Neuromancer

  • #10
    Don DeLillo
    “Why is it so hard to be serious, so easy to be too serious?”
    Don DeLillo, Point Omega

  • #11
    Thomas Ligotti
    “There seems to be an inborn drive in all human beings not to live in a steady emotional state, which would suggest that such a state is not tolerable to most people. Why else would someone succumb to the attractions of romantic love more than once? Didn’t they learn their lesson the first time or the tenth time or the twentieth time? And it’s the same old lesson: everything in this life—I repeat, everything—is more trouble than it’s worth. And simply being alive is the basic trouble. This is something that is more recognized in Eastern societies than in the West. There’s a minor tradition in Greek philosophy that instructs us to seek a state of equanimity rather than one of ecstasy, but it never really caught on for obvious reasons. Buddhism advises its practitioners not to seek highs or lows but to follow a middle path to personal salvation from the painful cravings of the average sensual life, which is why it was pretty much reviled by the masses and mutated into forms more suited to human drives and desires. It seems evident that very few people can simply sit still. Children spin in circles until they collapse with dizziness.”
    Thomas Ligotti

  • #12
    Neal Stephenson
    “The difference between stupid and intelligent people – and this is true whether or not they are well-educated – is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. ”
    Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

  • #13
    René Daumal
    “You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.”
    René Daumal

  • #14
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents... some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age.”
    H.P. Lovecraft

  • #15
    E.E. Cummings
    “Whenever you think or you believe or you know, you're a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you're nobody-but-yourself.”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #16
    Hans Bellmer
    “The female body is like an endless sentence that invites us to rearrange it, so that its real meaning becomes clear through a series of endless anagrams.”
    Hans Bellmer

  • #17
    Samuel Beckett
    “The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.”
    Samuel Beckett, Murphy

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