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" Every man's memory is his private literature. "
" Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure. "
" Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image. "
" What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera. "
" It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged. "
" You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear. "
" The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. "
" Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. "
" An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex. "
" An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie. "
" Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. "
" The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous. "
" Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them. "
" God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness. "
" Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life? "
" Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs. "
" De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history. "
" A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul. "
" The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own. "
" Dream in a pragmatic way. "
" A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention. "
" After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. "
" There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail. "
" The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name. "
" You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. "
" Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. "
" Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying. "
" There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness. "
" Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder. "
" Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know. "
" If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves. "