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Oscar Wilde
“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Katherine Dunn
“The child, screaming for refuge, senses how feeble a shelter the twig hut of grown-up awareness is. They claim strength, these parents, and complete sanctuary. The weeping earth itself knows how desperate is the child's need for exactly that sanctuary. How deep and sticky is the darkness of childhood, how rigid the blades of infant evil, which is unadulterated, unrestrained by the convenient cushions of age and its civilizing anesthesia.
Grownups can deal with scraped knees, dropped ice-cream cones, and lost dollies, but if they suspected the real reasons we cry they would fling us out of their arms in horrified revulsion. Yet we are small and as terrified as we are terrifying in our ferocious appetites.”
Katherine Dunn

Margaret Atwood
Gone mad is what they say, and sometimes Run mad, as if mad is a different direction, like west; as if mad is a different house you could step into, or a separate country entirely. But when you go mad you don't go any other place, you stay where you are. And somebody else comes in.”
Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Shirley Jackson
“Hill House, she thought, You're as hard to get into as heaven.”
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

Oscar Wilde
“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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