…We love to hate. To stop a war, we declare war on it. We must wipe out poverty. We must fight hunger. We campaign and challenge and defeat and destroy.
As humans, our first commandment is:
Something needs to happen.
Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted
Those who are faithful only know the trivial side of love; it is the faithless who know love’s tragedies.
Oscar Wild, Picture of Dorian Gray
One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and more symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
The sick and perishing- it was they who despised the body and the earth, and invented the heavenly world, and the redeeming blood-drops; but even those sweet and sad poisons they borrowed from the body and the earth…
… but it is a sickly thing to them, and they would gladly get out of their skin. Therefore hearken they to the preachers of death, and themselves preach backworlds.
When one is in love, one always begins with deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (via slicky6987)
It is the way of weakened minds to see everything through a black cloud. The soul forms its own horizons; your soul is darkened, and consequently the sky of the future appears stormy and unpromising.
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monty Cristo
… we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence, we want something that endures, so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray (via slicky6987)