"I am a sick man: I am a spiteful man. I am an unpleasant man. I think my liver is diseased." ~Dostoevsky
"No, I won't leave the world--I'll enter a lunatic asylum and see if the profundity of insanity reveals to me the riddles of life. Idiot, why didn't I do that long ago, why has it taken me so long to understand what it means when the Indians honour the insane, step aside for them? Yes, a lunatic asylum--don't you think I may end up there?" ~Kierkegaard
"...It will be misjudged because it is misunderstood, and misunderstood because men choose to skim through..., and not to think through it- a disagreeable task, because the work is dry, obscure, opposed to all ordinary notions, and moreover long-winded." ~ Immanuel Kant
"Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheuren Ungeziefer verwandelt." ~Kafka
"A future of screwball caper movies eternally staring Shelley Long and Chevy Chase was too hideous to contemplate; it was a vision of hell" ~Salman Rushdie
"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us." ~Hesse
"You're not Dostoevsky,' said the citizeness, who was getting muddled by Koroviev. 'Well, who knows, who knows,' he replied. 'Dostoevsky's dead,' said the citizeness, but somehow not very confidently. 'I protest!' Behemoth exclaimed hotly. 'Dostoevsky is immortal!'" ~Bulgakov
"This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats high mountain down." ~Tolkien: Hobbit
"Is there a place for the hopeless sinner Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own?" ~Bob Marley
"'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed." ~ John Newton
"You're a gentleman," they used to say to him. "You shouldn't have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that's no occupation for a gentleman." ~Dostoevsky
"I'm not a drowning man! And I'm not a burning building! I'm a tumbler! Drowning cannot hurt a man! Fire cannot hurt a man. Not the Government Man." ~Talking Heads (Born Under Punches)
"I said to him, 'You guys are fucking around with something that people have known about forever. It's sometimes called witchcraft, and it's extremely dangerous. You're dealing with part of the unconscious mind that they used to define as angels and devils. You have to be very careful, because there are all these warnings. All the occult literature about ceremonial magic warns about being very careful when you start exploring these areas in the mind.' And they laughed at me." ~Augustus Owsley Stanley III
"Alright! Alright! Alright! Hey, listen! Listen! Listen, man! listen, man! I don't know how many you people believe in astrology... Yeah, that's right...that's right, baby. I am a Sagittarius... The most philosophical of all the signs. But anyway, I don't believe in it. I think it's a bunch of bullshit, myself." ~Jim Morrison
"They're superstitious, they have these beliefs, these primitive, you know, people believe in a... I mean they're just really kind of credulous, and gullible. People believe in, for instance, hell and angels, okay, these are very primitive, very, very backward to me, backward sounding beliefs, these are child-like, and that's the key, because they get you when you're a kid, they get you when you're little, and they tell you there's a God, and if you can make people believe, I believe this, if you can make someone believe that there's an invisible man, living in the sky, who's watching everything you do, and keeping count of everything you do, which is good and which is bad, then you can make that person believe anything after that, you can add anything you want, the 4th of July shit just rolls right in, land of the free, home of the brave, the press is fair and impartial, justice is blind, all men are created equal, your vote is important, the United States government is on your side, the army is here to keep the peace, the police are on your side...Oh, and freedom of choice, this is the big one, the illusion of choice, we're led to feel free by the exercise of meaningless choices. There are, for instance, important things — not too many choices, unimportant things-ice cream flavors, what do you want, we've got 31, the flavor of the week, the flavor of the month, but political parties-we're down to two, jeez. Sources of information, media companies down to five, banks, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, chemical companies, oil companies-used to be seven, down to three, pretty soon it's gonna be two. But if you’re lookin' for a bagel or a fuckin' donut, hey, what do you want-pineapple supreme, hazelnut; we've got everything you want. Cereals, I counted, personally in the store counted 192 different cereal choices, 192. 140 different cat foods, I counted, and that includes a tartar-control cat food for senior citizen cats, okay?" ~G.Carlin
"Now I go alone, my disciples. You, too, go now, alone. Thus I want it. Go away from me and resist Zarathustra! And even better: be ashamed of him! Perhaps he deceived you. The man of knowledge must not only love his enemies, he must also be able to hate his friends. One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil. And why do you not want to pluck at my wreath? You revere me; but what if your reverence tumbles one day? Beware lest a statue slay you. You say that you believe in Zarathustra? But what matters Zarathustra? You are my believers—but what matter all believers? You had not yet sought yourselves; and you found me. Thus do all believers; therefore all faith amounts to so little. Now I bid you lose me and find yourselves; and only when you have all denied me will I return to you. " ~Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spake Zarathustra
"To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large — this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual." ~Huxley
"...You damn fools!" he shouted. "Don’t you see what the captain and the mates are doing? They’re keeping you occupied with your trivial grievances about blankets and wages and the dog being kicked so that you won’t think about what is really wrong with this ship --– that it’s getting farther and farther to the north and we’re all going to be drowned. If just a few of you would come to your senses, get together, and charge the poop deck, we could turn this ship around and save ourselves. But all you do is whine about petty little issues like working conditions and crap games and the right to suck cocks."
The passengers and the crew were incensed.
"Petty!!" cried the Mexican, "Do you think it’s reasonable that I get only three-fourths the wages of an Anglo sailor? Is that petty?
"How can you call my grievance trivial? shouted the bosun. "Don’t you know how humiliating it is to be called a fruit?"
"Kicking the dog is not a ‘petty little issue!’" screamed the animal-lover. "It’s heartless, cruel, and brutal!"
"Alright then," answered the cabin boy. "These issues are not petty and trivial. Kicking the dog is cruel and brutal and it is humiliating to be called a fruit. But in comparison to our real problem – in comparison to the fact that the ship is still heading north – your grievances are petty and trivial, because if we don’t get this ship turned around soon, we’re all going to drown.
"Fascist!" said the professor.
"Counterrevolutionary!" said the lady passenger. And all of the passengers and crew chimed in one after another, calling the cabin boy a fascist and a counterrevolutionary. They pushed him away and went back to grumbling about wages, and about blankets for women, and about the right to suck cocks, and about how the dog was treated. The ship kept sailing north, and after a while it was crushed between two icebergs and everyone drowned." ~Teddy Kaz. Ship of Fools
“He was reading the Russians with that certain heavy tone people put into their voices when they say, ‘I’m reading the Russians.’ “~ Richard Brautigan
’...You know, he’s prepared to sell his own father, or rather to lose him at cards.’” ~Gogol
"I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back." ~Tolstoy
"Don't think. If you think, never say. If you say, never write it down. If you write it, don't sign. If you think it, say it, write it and sign it, don't be surprised by what happens to you." ~Anonymous ---------------------------------------------------------------
Faustus junior, fons necromanticorum, astrologus, magus secundus, chriomanticus, aeromanticus, pyromanticus, in hydra arte secundus.