Fear and Rage - Quotes
O thou ungrateful, faithless wretch! You were afraid of being united to someone who adored you. These bonds of an everlasting chain were becoming a burden to you, and your heart, which is seduced by fickleness and frivolity alone, was not discerning or sensitive enough to be conscious of all the charms such bonds entailed. Twas the thought of leaving Paris that frightened you; my love was not enough for you; I was unable to make it last. Die, monster, born to make my life miserable, stay there in Paris forever! May it one day become, through the deceitfulness and knavery of the scoundrel who will replace me in your heart, as odious to you as your own double dealing has made it in my eyes!
Letters to Madame la Presidente de Montreuil
When I walk on the street counting my steps, magic keeps silent and reality stalks me.
Extracts of Existence
From nonexistence I entered existence and what did I find? Bad weather.
Extracts of Existence
Hell is when there is no reason to live and no courage to die.
Extracts of Existence
Heaven doesn't want me and hell is scared I am going to take over.
Beware of the fury of the patient man.
Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.
Genocide is like a dessert. It is made of the flesh and bones of woman and children, it is sweetened with the blood of the innocent, and it is baked in the ovens of Auschwitz.
There were truths to be learnt and there was wisdom to be gained... but there was a price to to be paid as well. You could not brush up against the future and escape unscathed. You could not see into the forbidden and avoid damage to your sight.
First King of Shannara
Take your head, collect your bones, gather your limbs, shake the earth from your flesh!
The gatekeeper comes out to you, he grasps your hand, takes you into Heaven. Old Kingdom Pyramid Text
Ignorance and prejudice are the ballast of our ship of state - however, ships without ballast are not seaworthy and cannot sail in the tempests, nor reach a safe harbor.
The party is not concerned with perpetuating itself. Who wields power is not important, providing that the hierarchical structure always remains the same.
Progress is a comfortable disease.
"Ours is a christian army;" so he said
A regiment of bangomen who led.
"And ours a christian navy," added he
Who sailed a thunder-junk upon the sea.
Better they know than men unwarlike do
What is an army, and navy too.
Pray God there may be sent them by-and-by
The knowledge what a christian is, and why
For somewhat lamely the conception runs
of a brass-buttoned Jesus firing guns.
I listen to money singing, it's like looking down from long French windows at a provincial town. The slums, the canal, the churches ornate and mad in the evening sun. It is intensely sad...
The Christian view that all intercourse outside marriage is immoral was, as we see in the above passages from St. Paul, based upon the view that all sexual intercourse, even within marriage, is regrettable. A view of this sort, which goes against biological facts, can only be regarded by sane people as a morbid aberration. The fact that it is embedded in Christian ethics has made Christianity throughout its whole history a force tending towards mental disorders and unwholesome views of life.
Lust is the cause of generation
Appetite is the support of life
Fear or timidity is the prolongation of life, and
Fraud the preservation of its instruments.
One, with God, is always a majority, but many a martyr has been burned at the stake while the votes were being counted.
God is DEAD, and no one cares! If there is a hell I'll see you there!
Piss off Satan and don't take me for dumber than I look.
Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Modern capitalism, organising the reduction of all social life to a spectacle, cannot offer any other spectacle than that of our own alienation.
You do not destroy an idea by killing people; you replace it with a better one.
As the fly bangs against the window attempting freedom while the door stands open, so we bang against death ignoring heaven.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
It is impossible to defend perfectly against the attack of those who want to die.
Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray.
I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct for revenge for which no expedient is sufficiently poisonous, secret, subterranean, petty - I call it the one mortal blemish of mankind.
In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.
A Christian is a man who feels repentance on Sunday for what he did on Saturday and is going to do on Monday.
Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.
Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
If we catch a glimpse of freedom, we wish to possess it; if we catch a glimpse of death, we want nothing to do with it. One we cannot have, the other we cannot avoid.
The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all. Here's to the brave!
What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.
Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
Faith: not wanting to know what is true.
In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
Laws are only words words written on paper, words that change on society's whim and are interpreted differently daily by politicians, lawyers, judges, and policemen. Anyone who believes that all laws should always be obeyed would have made a fine slave catcher. Anyone who believes that all laws are applied equally, despite race, religion, or economic status, is a fool.
And Hope to Die, in Jokertown Shuffle Wild Cards IX
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives by make-believe.
The Summing Up