Favourite quotations #4

“It never got weird enough for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” – Albert Camus

“We think that play and fairytales belong to childhood – how shortsighted that is! As though we would want at any time in our life to live without play and fairytales! We give these things other names, to be sure, and feel differently about them, but precisely this is the evidence that they are the same things, for the child too regards play as his work and fairy tales as his truth. The brevity of life ought to preserve us from a pedantic division of life into different stages – as though each brought something new…” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves” – Andre Gide

“Imagination stimulates pleasure. In these kinds of pleasures the imagination rules everything – it is the real motivation!” – Dolmance, Marquis de Sade

“Sorry, I don’t mean to bore ya, but there’s no such thing as an aura. Reading auras is like reading minds, or tea-leaves, or star-signs, or meridian lines. These people aren’t plying a skill, they’re either lying or mentally ill. Same goes for people who claim to hear God’s demands and spiitiual healers who think they’ve got magic hands. By the way, why do we think it’s okay for people to pretend they can talk to the dead? Isn’t that totally fucked in the head? Lying to some crying woman whose child has died and telling her you’re touch with the other side? I think that’s fundamentally sick. Do we need to clarify here, that there’s no such thing as a psychic? What are we, fucking two? Do we actually think that Horton heard a Who? Do we still believe that Santa bring us gifts? That Michael Jackson didn’t have facelifts? Are we still so stunned by circus tricks that we think the dead would wanna talk to pricks like Jonathan Edward? Science adjusts its views based on what’s observed. Faith is the denial of observation so that belief can be preserved.” – Tim Minchin

“I understand the concept of optimism. But I think with me what you get is a lack of cynicism.” – Tom Hanks

“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” – Woody Allen

“Mine could not be a story about the building of character, but about its erosion, about the slow accumulation of small forces and events that ultimately dries the soul and leaves the heart empty.” – Gonzalo Munévar, The Master Of Fate

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

“Perfume was first created to mask the stench of foul and offensive odors… Spices and bold flavorings were created to mask the taste of putrid and rotting meat… What then was music created for? Was it to drown out the voices of others, or the voices within ourselves? I think I know.” – Emilie Autumn

“Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”
― Philip K. Dick

“There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,–when it did not seem worthwhile to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.”
― Kate Chopin

“But… it’s not what you put in, is it? It’s what you leave out… That’s what you remember. The silly things, the little things… It’s what you leave out. That’s rock and roll.” – Almost Famous

“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.” – Oscar Wilde

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
― William Faulkner

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear” – Stephen King

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman

“There are stories that are true, in which each individual’s tale is unique and tragic, and the worst of the tragedy is that we have heard it before, and we cannot allow ourselves to feel it to deeply. We build a shell around it like an oyster dealing with a painful particle of grit, coating it with smooth pearl layers in order to cope. This is how we walk and talk and function, day in, day out, immune to others’ pain and loss. If it were to touch us it would cripple us or make saints of us; but, for the most part, it does not touch us. We cannot allow it to . . .
. . . No man, proclaimed Donne, is an island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other’s tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived and then by some means or other, died. There. You may fill in the details from your own experience.”” – Neil Gaiman, American Gods

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – Terry Pratchett

“Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s.” – Anais Nin

 

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