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  • #1
    Théophile Gautier
    “(Decadent style) is ingenious, complicated, learned, full of shades of meaning and research, always pushing further the limits of language... forcing itself to express in thought that which is most ineffable, and in form the vaguest and most fleeting contours; listening that it may translate them to the subtle confidences of the neuropath, to the avowals of aging and depraved passion, and to the singular hallucinations of the fixed idea verging on madness... In opposition to the classic style, it admits of shading, and these shadows teem and swarm with the larvae of superstitions, the haggard phantoms of insomnia, nocturnal terrors, remorse which starts and turns back at the slightest noise, monstrous dreams stayed only by impotence, obscure phantasies at which daylight would stand amazed, and all that the soul conceals of the dark, the unformed, and the vaguely horrible, in its deepest and furthest recesses.”
    Théophile Gautier, Charles Baudelaire and His Life

  • #2
    “Hidden away behind the closed doors of aristocratic and bourgeois privilege, concealed under those ultra-respectable masks of black frock coat and veil, the green glow of corruption flickers into sight, steadies, and spreads everywhere, fostered by Lorrain's horrified and complicitous gaze. This decadent detective is at one with the criminal he pursues, acknowledging openly that the representation of corruption is one of the most pleasurable forms that corruption can take. In this enterprise, art is the mask that both exposes and conceals culpability.”
    Jennifer Birkett

  • #3
    Jean Lorrain
    “The fancies that take their monstrous birth from the spinelessness and boredom of usurped wealth bring in their wake every defect ... and though rich men's crimes escape the law, protected as they are by the cowardice of governments and people, Nature, more real than society, sets her anarchic example by abandoning the wretched time servers of Capital to the shame and madness of the worst aberrations.”
    Jean Lorrain, Le Crime Des Riches (1905): Suivi de Paris Forain

  • #4
    “The conventional use of words and of narrative structure is deliberately subverted in decadent fiction; language deviates from the established norms in an attempt to reproduce pathology on a textual level. With its emphasis on aberration and artifice, the decadents' approach to the language of fiction frequently leans towards the baroque and the obscure.”
    Asti Hustvedt, The Decadent Reader: Fiction, Fantasy, and Perversion from Fin-de-Siècle France

  • #5
    Mae West
    “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”
    Mae West

  • #6
    William Faulkner
    “A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station….”
    William Faulkner

  • #7
    William Faulkner
    “All of us have failed to match our dream of perfection. I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. If I could write all my work again, I'm convinced I could do it better. This is the healthiest condition for an artist. That's why he keeps working, trying again: he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won't.”
    William Faulkner

  • #8
    William Faulkner
    “Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.”
    William Faulkner

  • #9
    William Faulkner
    “A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you'd think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune”
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

  • #10
    William Faulkner
    “It's not when you realise that nothing can help you - religion, pride, anything - it's when you realise that you don't need any aid.”
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
    tags: help

  • #11
    William Faulkner
    “Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.”
    William Faulkner

  • #12
    William Faulkner
    “Love doesn't die; the men and women do.”
    William Faulkner, The Wild Palms

  • #13
    Smedley D. Butler
    “Upon the listening spirit of God fell also the unspoken part of the prayer. He commandeth me to put it into words. Listen!   “Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth into battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended in the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames in summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it —   For our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimmage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet!   We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.   (After a pause.) “Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits.”   …”
    Smedley D. Butler, War Is A Racket!: And Other Essential Reading

  • #14
    Smedley D. Butler
    “To summarize: Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket.   We must take the profit out of war.   We must permit the youth of the land who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war.   We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.    ”
    Smedley D. Butler, War Is A Racket!: And Other Essential Reading



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