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  • #1
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I have this disease late at night sometimes, involving alcohol and the telephone.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five


  • #2
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.”
    Kurt Vonnegut


  • #3
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I can have oodles of charm when I want to.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions


  • #4
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn't it such a relief to have somebody say that?”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country


  • #5
    Aldous Huxley
    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays


  • #6
    Aldous Huxley
    “But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World


  • #7
    Aldous Huxley
    “That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”
    Aldous Huxley, Collected Essays


  • #8
    Aldous Huxley
    “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
    Aldous Huxley


  • #9
    Aldous Huxley
    “There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
    Aldous Huxley


  • #10
    Aldous Huxley
    “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
    Aldous Huxley


  • #11
    Neil Postman
    “We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

    But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another - slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

    What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

    This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.”
    Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business


  • #12
    Aldous Huxley
    “We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.”
    Aldous Huxley


  • #13
    Aldous Huxley
    “Liberties aren't given, they are taken.”
    Aldous Huxley


  • #14
    Aldous Huxley
    “...two thirds of all sorrow is homemade and, so far as the universe is concerned, unnecessary.”
    Aldous Huxley, Island


  • #15
    Charles Bukowski
    “We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #16
    Charles Bukowski
    “For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #17
    Charles Bukowski
    “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #18
    Charles Bukowski
    “We are
    Born like this
    Into this
    Into these carefully mad wars
    Into the sight of broken factory windows of emptiness
    Into bars where people no longer speak to each other
    Into fist fights that end as shootings and knifings
    Born into this
    Into hospitals which are so expensive that it’s cheaper to die
    Into lawyers who charge so much it’s cheaper to plead guilty
    Into a country where the jails are full and the madhouses closed
    Into a place where the masses elevate fools into rich heroes”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #19
    Charles Bukowski
    “my beerdrunk soul is sadder than all the dead christmas trees of the world.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #20
    Charles Bukowski
    “There's nothing to mourn about death any more than there is to mourn about the growing of a flower. What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don't live up until their death. They don't honor their own lives, they piss on their lives. They shit them away. Dumb fuckers. They concentrate too much on fucking, movies, money, family, fucking. Their minds are full of cotton. They swallow God without thinking, they swallow country without thinking. Soon they forget how to think, they let others think for them. Their brains are stuffed with cotton. They look ugly, they talk ugly, they walk ugly. Play them the great music of the centuries and they can't hear it. Most people's deaths are a sham. There's nothing left to die.”
    Charles Bukowski


  • #21
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “Some may never live, but the crazy never die.”
    Hunter S. Thompson


  • #22
    Mark Twain
    “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
    Mark Twain


  • #23
    George Orwell
    “Big Brother is Watching You.”
    George Orwell, 1984


  • #24
    George Orwell
    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
    George Orwell, 1984


  • #25
    George Orwell
    “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
    George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia


  • #26
    Aldous Huxley
    “The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
    Aldous Huxley


  • #27
    George Orwell
    “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.”
    George Orwell


  • #28
    Roald Dahl
    “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
    Roald Dahl


  • #29
    Roald Dahl
    “So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”
    Roald Dahl


  • #30
    Roald Dahl
    “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it”
    Roald Dahl




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