Misanthropy Quotes

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Charles Bukowski
“Do you hate people?”

“I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.”
Charles Bukowski, Barfly

Bill Hicks
“I'm tired of this back-slappin' "isn't humanity neat" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes.”
Bill Hicks

Warren Ellis
“By four o'clock, I've discounted suicide in favor of killing everyone else in the entire world instead.”
Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan, Vol. 3: Year of the Bastard

Samuel Johnson
“I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.”
Samuel Johnson

Bill Hicks
“I believe that there is an equality to all humanity. We all suck.”
Bill Hicks

Miranda July
“You always feel like you are the only one in the world, like everyone else is crazy for each other, but it's not true. Generally, people don't like each other very much. And that goes for friends, too.”
Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You

Caspar David Friedrich
“You call me a misanthrope because I avoid society. You err; I love society. Yet in order not to hate people, I must avoid their company.”
Caspar David Friedrich

Molière
“Betrayed and wronged in everything,
I’ll flee this bitter world where vice is king,
And seek some spot unpeopled and apart
Where I’ll be free to have an honest heart.”
Molière, The Misanthrope

André Malraux
“What is Man? A miserable little pile of secrets.”
André Malraux

Charles Bukowski
“Everything else just kept picking and picking, hacking away. And nothing was interesting, nothing. The people were restrictive and careful, all alike. And I've got to live with these fuckers for the rest of my life, I thought.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

Emil M. Cioran
“Knowledge subverts love: in proportion as we penetrate our secrets, we come to loathe our kind, precisely because they resemble us.”
Emil Cioran

Matthew Gregory Lewis
“Man was born for society. However little He may be attached to the World, He never can wholly forget it, or bear to be wholly forgotten by it. Disgusted at the guilt or absurdity of Mankind, the Misanthrope flies from it: He resolves to become an Hermit, and buries himself in the Cavern of some gloomy Rock. While Hate inflames his bosom, possibly He may feel contented with his situation: But when his passions begin to cool; when Time has mellowed his sorrows, and healed those wounds which He bore with him to his solitude, think you that Content becomes his Companion? Ah! no, Rosario. No longer sustained by the violence of his passions, He feels all the monotony of his way of living, and his heart becomes the prey of Ennui and weariness. He looks round, and finds himself alone in the Universe: The love of society revives in his bosom, and He pants to return to that world which He has abandoned. Nature loses all her charms in his eyes: No one is near him to point out her beauties, or share in his admiration of her excellence and variety. Propped upon the fragment of some Rock, He gazes upon the tumbling waterfall with a vacant eye, He views without emotion the glory of the setting Sun. Slowly He returns to his Cell at Evening, for no one there is anxious for his arrival; He has no comfort in his solitary unsavoury meal: He throws himself upon his couch of Moss despondent and dissatisfied, and wakes only to pass a day as joyless, as monotonous as the former.”
Matthew Gregory Lewis, The Monk

Dean Koontz
“Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect too much, enjoy what you have.”
Dean Koontz

Walter Alexander Raleigh
“I wish I loved the human Race, I wish I loved its silly face, and when I'm introduced to one, I wish I thought "what jolly fun"!”
Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh

Novala Takemoto
“Most people are full of themselves and speak only the obnoxiously superficial, in other words they're annoying as hell”
Novala Takemoto, Missin' (Novel)

Charles Bukowski
“people diminish me;
the longer I sit and listen to them
the more empty I feel but I don't get
the idea that they feel empty, I feel
that they enjoy the sound from their
mouths.”
Charles Bukowski, Bone Palace Ballet

“You ever get the feeling the world's filling up with bastards? I do. What I want to know is what happens when all the bastards run out of people to crap on? What happens when all that's left in the world is bastards? . . . The golden rule. Screw unto others before they screw unto you.”
William Hoffman, A Place For My Head

Pentti Linkola
“I could never find two people who are perfectly equal: one will always be more valuable than the other. And many people, as a matter of fact, simply have no value.”
Pentti Linkola, Can Life Prevail? - A Radical Approach To The Environmental Crisis

Jean Giono
“I have always hated crowds. I like deserts, prisons, and monasteries. I have discovered, too, that there are fewer idiots at 3000 meters above sea level than down below.”
Jean Giono, An Italian Journey

Andrew Davidson
“... but the truth is that I dislike most men as much as I dislike women. If anything, I am an equal opportunity misanthropist.”
Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle

Patrick Süskind
“…in that moment, as he saw and smelled how irresistible its effect was and how with lightning speed it spread and made captives of the people all around him—in that moment his whole disgust for humankind rose up again within him and completely soured his triumph, so that he felt not only no joy, but not even the least bit of satisfaction. What he had always longed for—that other people should love him—became at the moment of his achievement unbearable, because he did not love them himself, he hated them. And suddenly he knew that he had never found gratification in love, but always only in hatred—in hating and in being hated.”
Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Aldous Huxley
“The leech's kiss, the squid's embrace,
The prurient ape's defiling touch:
And do you like the human race?
No, not much.”
Aldous Huxley, Ape and Essence

Emil M. Cioran
“The multiplication of our kind borders on the obscene; the duty to love them, on the preposterous.”
Emil Cioran

Dean Koontz
“A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit. Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope.”
Dean Koontz, Velocity

Florence King
“Misanthropes have some admirable - if paradoxical - virtues. It is no exaggeration to say that we are among the nicest people you are likely to meet. Because good manners build sturdy walls, our distaste for intimacy makes us exceedingly cordial. “ships that pass in the night.” As long as you remain a stranger we will be your friend forever.”
Florence King

Sinclair Lewis
“He loved the people just as much as he feared and detested persons.”
Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
“I'd take cyanide no problem if it was that or throwing a cat out in the street, even a moth-eaten, mangy, caterwauling pain in the ass! I'd rather have the thing in bed with me than see it suffer on my account...though when it comes to human beings, I'm only interested in the sick...the ones who can stand up are nothing but mounds of vice and spite...I don't get mixed up in their schemes...”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Normance

Sinclair Lewis
“It is one of the major tragedies that nothing is more discomforting than the hearty affection of the Old Friends who never were friends.”
Sinclair Lewis, Arrowsmith

Daniel J. Rice
“He never cared too much for parties or people, but misanthropy could easily be cured by several alcoholic drinks.”
Daniel J. Rice, This Side of a Wilderness

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