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“Morality was probably the invention of unattractive men. Whom else does it benefit really”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“In this world, it is very hard to escape happiness.” – Unni Chacko”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“It is the misanthrope who alone has clarity.By standing outside the huddles of man,he sees a lot,and what he often sees is the evidence that people are not as smart as dogs think they are.And he wants to see it time and again.In the fog of ambiguities and mysteries,he desperately searches for truths because truth usually shows humanity in a poor light”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“But then the fate of shy people is that all of their fears usually come true.”
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“Men do things. We can't help it. That's all there is to it. As you will discover in time, the primary choice every man has to make is whether he wants to be himself or if he wants peace.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
tags: life, men
“So what is truth, then ?’
‘Truth is a successful delusion.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“No matter what the delusions are, parents do not really know their children”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“The Boy will not be a failure. Mythili knows.She has seen the generations before.The boy will make it.As his father has said,he does not have the option of failure.He will crack atleast one entrance exam,and he will one day have a nice house in a suburb of San Francisco,or in a suburb of a suburb of San Francisco.He will find a cute Tamil Brahmin wife and make her produce two sweet children.He will drive a Toyota Corolla to work.And there,in the conference room of his office,he will tell his small team,with his hands stretched wide in a managerial way,'We must think out of the box”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“How unfortunate is the guy who does not live in the extravagant memory of an infatuated young woman.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“If two people believe in the same idea of truth, it is a delusion.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“He stares at the open textbook for hours and is distracted by the pain of the parallelogram, which is slanted for ever. His nails scratch the page to straighten its tired limbs. It affects him, the great arrogance of the Equilateral Triangle, the failed aspiration of the octagon to be a circle, the eternal suffocation of the denominator that has to bear the weight of the unjust numerator, the loneliness of Pluto. And the smallness of Mercury, always a mere dot next to a yellow sun. In this world, there is no respect for Mercury.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness Of Other People
“It is a misfortune to be in the presence of a writer, even a failed writer, to be seen by him, be his passing study and remain in his corrupt memory. It is like the insult of a corpse on the road by a war photographer.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“He decayed in a state of gentle happiness.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“My love, I feel terrible without you. It is like being with you.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness Of Other People
“The true nature of sorrow is boredom.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“Strong people write bad stories.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“At the heart of memory, is the stillness of time.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“Thoma is amazed at the telepathy of women. How miraculous it is for one woman to do something weird and another woman to extract its intended meaning.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness Of Other People
“Happiness as an inescapable fate, not a pursuit.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“It affects him, the great arrogance of the Equilateral Triangle, the failed aspiration of the octagon to be a circle, the eternal suffocation of the denominator that has to bear the weight of the unjust numerator, the loneliness of Pluto. And the smallness of Mercury, always a mere dot next to a yellow sun. In this world, there is no respect for Mercury.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness Of Other People
“Fight, Thoma, put fight.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“And all our gods are not lies. They existed. All our gods, from the beginning of time, have been men with psychiatric conditions. And their delusions were so deep, they passed them on.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“That a mystery must have a resolution is obviously not a requirement of nature. It is, in fact, another deceit of writers”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“The city is full of terrible actors. That is what historians never say about Madras, it is filled with hams.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
tags: humor
“There is a crowd outside the main door, talking softly about the death as if they don’t want the dead man to know that he is gone.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness Of Other People
“He said every delusion has an objective, and the objective of a delusion is not merely to colonize one brain but to transmit itself to as many brains as possible. That is the purpose of every delusion, that is how a delusion survives, that is how it succeeds. By spreading, maximizing its colony, like a virus. According to Unni, any philosophy that can be transmitted to another person is a delusion. If two people believe in the same idea of truth, it is a delusion. Truth is a successful delusion.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“The distinction between a delusion and a lie is the very difference between a successful saint and a fraud.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“What is it about life that even Ousep Chacko believes it is a lottery?”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“That breaks Ousep’s heart. To imagine the eternal boredom of his child. He wishes here to be no eternity, he wishes that even for his foes.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness of Other People
“Thoma has never understood why this moment means so much to his mother. Criticism of tea is hardly a matter that should affect a clever woman like her. But Unni did tell him one day that in the words of some women there was great injustice that only other women could decipher. ‘It is not about the tea, Thoma, it is never about the tea.”
Manu Joseph, The Illicit Happiness Of Other People

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