Sunday, September 8, 2013

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Dissatisfaction with his lot seems to be the characteristic of man in all ages and climates. So far, however, from being an evil, as at first might be supposed, it has been the great civilizer of our race; and has tended, more than any thing else, to raise us above the condition of the brutes. But the same discontent which has been the source of all improvement, has been the parent of no small progeny of follies and absurdities.
~ Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

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I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
~Ecclesiastes 1:14

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Amuse yourself, torment your desires. Drink when you’re thirsty - that would be very much too simple! If you didn’t harbour a temptation eternally in your soul, you’d run the risk of forgetting yourself.
~ Hilda, ur: Jean-Paul Sartre Lucifer and the Lord

quoth the madman

If I do nothing, if I study nothing, if I cease searching, then, woe is me, I am lost. That is how I look at it — keep going, keep going come what may.
~Vincent van Gogh

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"If we are merely matter intricately assembled, is this really demeaning? If there’s nothing here but atoms, does that make us less or does that make matter more?"
~ Carl Sagan, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

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"When the imagination sleeps, words are emptied of their meaning: a deaf population absent-mindedly registers the condemnation of a man. But if people are shown the machine, made to touch the wood and steel and to hear the sound of a head falling, then public imagination, suddenly awakened, will repudiate both the vocabulary and the penalty."
~Albert Camus - Reflections on the Guillotine

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"There is something demoralizing about watching two people get more and more crazy about each other, especially when you are the only extra person in the room. It’s like watching Paris from an express caboose heading in the opposite direction—every second the city gets smaller and smaller, only you feel it’s really you getting smaller and smaller and lonelier and lonelier, rushing away from all those lights and excitement at about a million miles an hour."
— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Thursday, September 5, 2013

quoth the madman


"Important encounters are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other."
Paolo Coelho

quoth the madman

"I have come to believe now that happy is one of the most noble and heroic things that people can be. I undervalued happiness because I associated it with simplicity and inattention. In fact, I suspect that happiness almost always results from being both attentive and accepting."
John Green

quoth the madman

"There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him."
~ Antonin Artaud

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"…Suicide is selfish too: puts forward a value that seems to him more important than his own life – it’s the feeling of that respectable and happy life of which he has been deprived."
~ Albert Camus - Notebooks ‘42-‘51

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"Torn between the world that does not suffice and God who is lacking, the absurd mind passionately chooses the world."
~Albert Camus - Notebooks ‘42-‘51

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"And openly I pledged my heart to the grave and suffering earth, and often in the sacred night I promised to love it faithfully unto death, without fear, with its heavy load of fatality, and to despise none of its enigmas. Thus I bound myself to it with a mortal bond."
~Holderlin’s Empedocles, as quoted in Albert Camus’s Notebooks ‘42-‘51

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"Time is liquid.
One moment is no more important than any other and all moments quickly run away."
~Kurt Vonnegut

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"When a war breaks out, people say: “It’s too stupid; it can’t last long.” But though a war may well be “too stupid,” that doesn’t prevent its lasting. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves."
~Albert Camus

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"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve."
~Max Planck

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"Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness."
André Gide, from Autumn Leaves