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  • #1
    Terry Pratchett
    “I was walking along the bank of a stream when I saw a mother otter with her cubs, a very endearing sight, I'm sure you'll agree. And even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued and dragged onto a half submerged log. As she ate it, while of course it was still alive, the body split and I remember to this day the sweet pinkness of its roes as they spilled out, much to the delight of the baby otters, who scrambled over themselves to feed on the delicacy. One of nature's wonders, gentlemen. Mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that is when I first learned about evil. It is built into the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, I told myself, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior.”
    Terry Pratchett

  • #2
    Gustave Flaubert
    “He seriously thought that there is less harm in killing a man than producing a child: in the first case you are relieving someone of life, not his whole life but a half or a quarter or a hundredth part of that existence that is going to finish, that would finish without you; but as for the second, he would say, are you not responsible to him for all the tears he will shed, from the cradle to the grave? Without you he would never have been born, and why is he born? For your amusement, not for his, that’s for sure; to carry your name, the name of a fool, I’ll be bound – you may as well write that name on some wall; why do you need a man to bear the burden of three or four letters?”
    Gustave Flaubert, November

  • #3
    Marilynne Robinson
    “Of my conception I know only what you know of yours. It occurred in darkness and I was unconsenting... By some bleak alchemy what had been mere unbeing becomes death when life is mingled with it.”
    Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

  • #4
    Peter Wessel Zapffe
    “A coin is examined, and only after careful deliberation, given to a beggar, whereas a child is flung out into the cosmic brutality without hesitation.”
    Peter Wessel Zapffe, Essays og Epistler

  • #5
    “Some anti-natalist positions are founded on either a dislike of children or on the interests of adults who have greater freedom and resources if they do not have and rear children. My anti-natalist view is different. It arises, not from a dislike of children, but instead from a concern to avoid the suffering of potential children and the adults they would become, even if not having those children runs counter to the interests of those who would have them.”
    David Benatar, Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence

  • #6
    Omar Khayyám
    “Tis but a day we sojourn here below,
    And all the gain we get is grief and woe,
    Then, leaving our life's riddles all unsolved,
    And burdened with regrets, we have to go.”
    Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat

  • #7
    Thomas Bernhard
    “Parents have a child, and in doing so they bring into the world a monster that kills everything it comes in contact with.”
    Thomas Bernhard, Concrete

  • #8
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “I could have done even better, miss, and I'd know a lot more, if it wasn't for my destiny ever since childhood. I'd have killed a man in a duel with a pistol for calling me low-born, because I came from Stinking Lizaveta without a father, and they were shoving that in my face in Moscow. It spread there thanks to Grigory Vasilievich. Grigory Vasilievich reproaches me for rebelling against my nativity: 'You opened her matrix,' he says. I don't know about her matrix, but I'd have let them kill me in the womb, so as not to come out into the world at all, miss.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

  • #9
    Miyamoto Musashi
    “It is difficult to realize the true Way just through sword-fencing. Know the smallest things and the biggest things, the shallowest things and the deepest things.”
    Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings: Miyamoto Musashi

  • #10
    Woody Allen
    “The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves tension and love causes it.”
    Woody Allen
    tags: sex

  • #11
    Woody Allen
    “There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly.”
    Woody Allen, Annie Hall: Screenplay

  • #12
    Chinua Achebe
    “If I hold her hand she says, ‘Don’t touch!’
    If I hold her foot she says ‘Don’t touch!’
    But when I hold her waist-beads she pretends not to know.”
    Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart