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"life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon."

"i think being funny is not anyone's first choice."

"you can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred."

"if you want to make god laugh, tell him about your plans."

"i believe there is something out there watching us.
unfortunately, it's the government."

"my one regret in life is that i am not someone else."

"time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once."

"i am two with nature."
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"only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. the masses have to be won by propaganda."

"the sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil."

"promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible."

"economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence."

"the earth is the very quintessence of the human condition."

"no punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. on the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been."

"death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject."

"nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what is given by the senses."

"there are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous."

"storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it."
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"you blows who you is."

"all music is folk music. i ain't never heard a horse sing a song."
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Average listal rating (136 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
"education is not something you can finish."

"there is a cult of ignorance in the united states, and there has always been. the stain of anti-intellcetuallism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
"the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

"we are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain."

"indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible."

"this world's a bubble."
"the american dream has run out of gas. the car has stopped. it no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. no more. it's over. it supplies the world with its nightmares now: the kennedy assassination, watergate, vietnam."

"the chief role of the universities is to prolong adolescence into middle age, at which point early retirement ensures that we lack the means or the will to enforce significant change."

"consumerism is so weird. it's a sort of conspiracy we collude in. you'd think shoppers spending their hard-earned cash would be highly critical. you know that the manufacturers are trying to have you on."

"there are signs, i think, that people aren't satisfied by consumerism: that people resent the fact that the most moral decision in their lives is choosing what colour their next car will be."

"there's a logic today that places a greater value on celebrity the less it is accompanied by actual achievement. i don't think it's possible to touch people's imagination today by aesthetic means."

"the future is going to be boring. the suburbanisation of the planet will continue, and the suburbanisation of the soul will follow soon after."

"everything is becoming science fiction. from the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century."

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"i think young people should have a lot of fun. but i never seem to have any."

"i wasn't always this introverted."

"i'm disappearing, avoiding most things."

"i don't think i'm easy to talk about. i've got a very irregular head. and i'm not anything that you think i am anyway."

"i'm treading the backward path. mostly, i just waste my time."

"fairy-tales are nice."
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"life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying."

"art is an attempt to integrate evil."

"when an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior."

"representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth."

"what is an adult? a child blown up by age."
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"you're on earth. there's no cure for that."

"what do i know of man's destiny? i could tell you more about radishes."

"every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness."

"birth was the death of him."

"i have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them."

"there's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet."

"if i had the use of my body, i would throw it out the window."

"where i am, i don't know, i'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, i can't go on, i'll go on."

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"we have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see."

"others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free."

"i had rather be an oyster than a man, the most stupid and senseless of animals."
Average listal rating (869 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
"i never really understood the word ‘loneliness’. as far as i was concerned, i was in an orgy with the sky and the ocean, and with nature."

"a lot of the time i get obsessed by little nerdy things in my corner that no one else is interested in. i have that nerd factor in my character."

"there are certain emotions in your body that not even your best friend can sympathize with, but you will find the right film or the right book, and it will understand you."

"there's no map to human behaviour."
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"we see that every external motion, act, gesture, whether voluntary or mechanical, organic or mental, is produced and preceded by internal feeling or emotion, will or volition, and thought or mind."

"the universe is the periodical manifestation of this unknown absolute essence."

"everything in the universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception."

"yet, the universe is real enough to the conscious beings in it, which are as unreal as it is itself."
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Average listal rating (148 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
"you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them."

"i don't try to describe the future. i try to prevent it."

"every morning i jump out of bed and step on a landmine. the landmine is me. after the explosion, i spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together."

"we are an impossibility in an impossible universe."

"all of us, no matter how we look born into this world, feel something like the hunchback. it doesn't matter if you have a beautiful face or not."

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"never get out of bed before noon."

"understand me, i'm not like an ordinary world. i have my madness, i live in another dimension and i do not have time for things that have no soul."

"for those who believe in god the big questions are answered. but for those of us who can't readily accept the god formula, the big answers don't remain stonewritten. we adjust to new conditions and discoveries. we are pliable. love need not be a command or faith a dictum. i am my own god. we are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system. we are here to drink beer. we are here to kill war. we are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."

"i walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead: men without eyes, men without voices, men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions: men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideas."

"we have wasted history like a bunch of drunks shooting dice back in the men's crapper of the local bar."

"people are strange. they are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice."

"well it’s good to have a car like that, once in a while somebody’ll say, ‘why don’t you come over for dinner?’ and i can just say, ‘car won’t make it.’ i don’t have to tell them that time is scarcer than young pussy around here, and i don’t mean time to write poetry. i mean time to lay in bed, alone, and stare up at the ceiling and not think at all, not at all, not at all…"

"time is scarcer than young pussy around here."

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"i look to the future because that's where i'm going to spend the rest of my life."

"sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope."

"first you forget names, then you forget faces. next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down."

"when i was a boy the dead sea was only sick."
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"everyone smiles in the same language."

"that's all you ever hear about in this country. it's our differences. that's all the media and the politicians are ever talking about - the things that separate us, things that make us different from one another. that's the way the ruling class operates in any society. they try to divide the rest of the people. they keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money!"

"frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck."

"the god excuse, the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument."

"inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist."

"trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by tapping sandwiches all over your body."

"death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time."

"the planet'll shake us off like a bad case of fleas."

"people who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think."

"i think all children should have three hours a day of daydreaming. just daydreaming. you could use a little bit yourself. just sit at the window, stare at the clouds. it's good for you."

"people who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point."

"there's no present. there's only the immediate future and the recent past."

"i do this real moron thing, and it’s called thinking. and apparently i’m not a very good american because i like to form my own opinions."

"not every ejaculation deserves a name."

"how come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?"

"dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. as soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established."

"i like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. it’s so fuckin’ heroic."

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"good manners: the noise you don't make when you're eating soup."

"the person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed."

"gross ignorance is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance."

"the atomic age is here to stay - but are we?"
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"the public is not to see where power lies, how it shapes policy, and for what ends. rather, people are to hate and fear one another."

"the smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum."

"the elections are run by the same industries that sell toothpaste on television."

"in ideal form of social control is an atomised collection of individuals focused on their own narrow concern, lacking the kinds of organisations in which they can gain information, develop and articulate their thoughts, and act constructively to achieve common ends."

"governments are supposed to lie to their citizens."

"the point of public relations slogans like "support our troops" is that they don't mean anything... that's the whole point of good propaganda. you want to create a slogan that nobody's going to be against, and everybody's going to be for. nobody knows what it means, because it doesn't mean anything. its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: do you support our policy? that's the one you're not allowed to talk about."

"everyone knows that when you look at a television ad, you do not expect to get information. you expect to see delusion and imagery."

"as for my own views, they've of course evolved over the years. this conception of 'renouncing beliefs' is very odd, as if we're in some kind of religious cult. i 'renounce beliefs' practically every time i think about the topics or find out what someone else is thinking."

"it is easier to go to the internet than to go to the library, undoubtedly. but the shift from no libraries to the existence of libraries was a much greater shift than what we've seen with the internet's development."

"it's dangerous when people are willing to give up their privacy."

"if humans were totally unstructured creatures, they would be... a tool which can properly be shaped by outside forces."

"i have known people who are working class or craftsmen, who happen to be more intellectual than professors."

"i do not think psychoanalysis has a scientific basis. if we can't explain why a cockroach decides to turn left, how can we explain why a human being decides to do something?"

"if you're working 50 hours a week to try to maintain family income, and your children have the kinds of aspirations that come from being flooded with television from age one, and associations have declined, people end up hopeless, even though they have every option."

"if we do not believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we do not believe in it at all."

"you cannot control your own population by force, but it can be distracted by consumption."

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"by all evidence we are in the world to do nothing."

"since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all."

"the obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility."

"i'm simply an accident. why take it all so seriously?"

"consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh."

"ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen."

"society is not a disease, it is a disaster. what a stupid miracle that one can live in it."

"no one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one."

"what would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his?"

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'any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out."

"a good upbringing means not that you won't spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won't notice it when someone else does."

"how unbearable at times are people who are happy, people for whom everything works out."

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"every day starts, my eyes open and i reload the program of misery. i open my eyes, remember who i am, what i'm like, and i just go, 'ugh'."

"americans think that they're owed a perfect day."

"life isn't something you possess. it's something you take part in, and you witness."

"most people are dead. did you know that? it's true, out of all the people that ever were, almost all of them are dead."

"i'm bored' is a useless thing to say. you live in a great, big, vast world that you've seen none percent of. even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? the fact that you're alive is amazing, so you don't get to say 'i'm' bored'."

"if you're a woman and a guy's ever said anything romantic to you, he just left off the second part that would have made you sick if you could have heard it."

"drugs are so fucking good that they will ruin your life."

"you can't just drift through life and hope that love is going to float into you like plankton into a whale's fucking mouth."

"everything is amazing and no one is happy."

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"the term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. one has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape."

"the last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world."

"none was sick and none was well."

"just some joseph looking for a manger."

"in dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress."

"the older i get, the surer i am that i'm not running the show."

"but i'm stubborn as those garbage bags that time cannot decay."

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"words fail me pictures aren't much better."

"most of my adult life i had this towering contempt for america."

"when i go back to america, after a few days i am once again filled with this kind of angry alienation and disgust with this thing there that america has got - you have no idea how pervasive it is there. the public relations and propaganda put out by the corporate mono-culture there is so pervasive."

"people still make me nervous, but gradually over the years i've developed kind of like a public personality, so i can talk. i have my spiel, i have my stories."

"when i was younger, i just lived my life on paper. i didn't really live in the real world very much. as a consequence, i couldn't cope with the real world and real people very well. that in itself became life threatening, so i had to stop drawing so much and learn how to cope with people."

"i don't know about other people, but when i bend over to put on my shoes in the morning i think, christ almighty, now what?"

"i'm just a negative person, a deeply negative person. i see the worst aspects of everything."

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"nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."

"one never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done."

"a scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales."

"be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
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"whenever i was asked what i wanted my first impulse was to answer "nothing." the thought went through my mind that it didn't make any difference, that nothing was going to make me happy."

"all i feel are the assaults of apprehension and terror at the thought that i am the only one who is entirely unlike the rest. it is almost impossible for me to converse with other people. what should i talk about, how should i say it? - i don't know."

"unhappiness. there are all kinds of unhappy people in the world. i suppose it would be no exaggeration to say that the world is composed entirely of unhappy people. but those people can fight their unhappiness with society fairly and squarly, and society for its part easily understands and sympathizes with such struggles. my unhappiness stemmed entirely from my own vices, and i had no way of fighting anybody."
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"destruction, hence, like creation, is one of nature's mandates."

"to judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that god created most men simply with a view to crowding hell."

"one is never so dangerous when one has no shame, than when one has grown too old to blush."

"social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain."

"my manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. do you suppose i care? a poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others!"

"there is no god, nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author."

"the idea of god is the sole wrong for which i cannot forgive mankind."

"what is more immoral than war?"

"are wars anything but the means whereby a nation is nourished, whereby it is strengthened, whereby it is buttressed?"

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"but luxury has never appealed to me, i like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands."

"you understand now... how simple life becomes when things like mirrors are forgotten."

"if only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. and it never faded, and it never got stale. and then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again."
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"i say there're no depressed words just depressed minds."

"no one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky."

"folk music is a bunch of fat people."

"the radio makes hideous sounds."

"i don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. they are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking there's some kind of change."

"take care of all your memories. for you cannot relive them."

"colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges."

"people disagreeing everywhere you look makes you wanna stop and read a book."

"some people feel the rain. others just get wet."

"what's money? a man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do."

"money doesn't talk, it swears."

"all this talk about equality. the only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die."

"he not busy being born is busy dying."

"democracy don't rule the world, you'd better get that in your head; this world is ruled by violence, but i guess that's better left unsaid."

"all the truth in the world adds up to one big lie."

"i define nothing. not beauty, not patriotism. i take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be."

"the land created me. i'm wild and lonesome. even as i travel the cities, i'm more at home in the vacant lots."

"i really didn't consider myself happy or unhappy."

"all i can be is me. whoever that is."

"being noticed can be a burden. jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. so i disappear a lot."

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"humankind cannot bear very much reality."

"where is the life we have lost in living? where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? where is the knowledge we have lost in information?"

"half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. they don't mean to do harm. but the harm does not interest them."

"all significant truths are private truths. as they become public they cease to become truths; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst, catchwords."

"knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know."

"anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity."

"every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself."

"it is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves."

"i don't believe one grows older. i think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates."

"television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome."

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"violence is man re-creating himself."

"sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. when they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. it would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. and because it is so important to protect that core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit with the core belief."
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"when we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time."

"i recommend that the statue of liberty be supplemented by a statue of responsibility on the west coast."

"a human being is a deciding being."

"challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human."

"ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for."

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"man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve."

"we live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them."

"the only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have."

"to die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable."

"the danger of the past was that men became slaves. the danger of the future is that man may become robots."

"the outer chains have simply been put inside of man. the desires and thoughts that the suggestion apparatus of society fills him with, chain him more thoroughly than outer chains."

"the psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."

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"man produces evil as a bee produces honey."

"childhood is a disease - a sickness that you grow out of."

"my yesterdays walk with me. they keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder."

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"mountains are earth's undecaying monuments."

"happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

"what we call real estate - the solid ground to build a house on - is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests."

"no man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."

"what other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! what jailer so inexorable as one's self!"

"my fortune somewhat resembled that of a person who should entertain an idea of committing suicide, and, altogether beyond his hopes, meet with the good hap to be murdered."

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"agriculture is now a motorized food industry, the same thing in its essence as the production of corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps, the same thing as blockades and the reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs."

"the human being is not the lord of beings, but the shepherd of being."

"the most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking."

"we still by no means think decisively enough about the essence of action."

"to dwell is to garden."

"we should simply aim to spend more time in graveyards."
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"what we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."

"every word or concept, clear as it may seem to be, has only a limited range of applicability."

"not only is the universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think."
"even the most secluded hermit in the woods was not one and alone."

"there's no reality except the one contained within us. that's why so many people live an unreal life. they take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself."

"to study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning."

"happiness is a how; not a what. a talent, not an object."

"words do not express thoughts very well. they always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish."

"within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves."

"i am not going anywhere. i am only on the way."

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"if you don't think drugs have done good things for us, then take all of your records, tapes and cd's and burn them."

"i don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me."

"the american dream is a crock. stop wanting everything. everyone should wear jeans and have three t-shirts, eat rice and beans."

"there is no such thing as death; life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves."

"music is a great energizer. it's a language everybody knows."

"watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye."

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"the life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster."

"scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge."

"what a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought'."

"beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them."

"the christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one."

"beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived."

"every wise, just, and mild government, by rendering the condition of its subjects easy and secure, will always abound most in people, as well as in commodities and riches."

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"medical science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left."

"maybe this world is another planet's hell."

"the propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human."

"the perfect dictatorship would have the appearance of a democracy, but would basically be a prison without walls in which the prisoners would not even dream of escaping. it would essentially be a system of slavery where, through consumption and entertainment, the slaves would love their servitudes."

"an intellectual is a person who's found something that's more interesting than sex."

"the trouble with fiction, is that it makes too much sense. reality never makes sense."

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"five cats and a woman. that is all i need in life."

"i am not a normal person. i am living in a normal body, but my mind is not normal."

"it's so weird to be alive and to be inside a body."

"as soon as i can define myself, i am dead."

"the arabs have a god, the jews have another, and the catholics have another! and they're all fighting to maintain that they worship the one real god. idiots!"

"society feeds terror and is in turn terrorized; we are afraid to lose, so we consume.

"birds born in cages think that flying is a disease."

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"a book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us."

"i have the true feeling of myself only when i am unbearably unhappy."

"one of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die."

"the meaning of life is that it ends."

"believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made."

"youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."

"heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb."

"in the struggle between yourself and the world second the world."

"religions get lost as people do."

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"he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. we can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."

"two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me."

"even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the greek who said: 'war is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.'"

"if man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on."

"people demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

"life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

"anxiety is the dizziness of freedom."

"once you label me you negate me."

"there are two ways to be fooled. one is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to accept what is true."

"life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living."

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"life is beautiful. really, it is. full of beauty and illusions. life is great. without it, you'd be dead." -gummo

"what i remember myself from films, and what i love about films, is specific scenes and characters."

"a scientist shouldn't be asked to judge the economic and moral value of his work. all we should ask the scientist to do is find the truth and then not keep it from anyone."

"after 100 years, films should be getting really complicated. the novel has been reborn about 400 times, but it's like cinema is stuck in the birth canal."

"the limbless boys had nothing to prove on the dance floor."

“sometimes when i drive through these streets at night, i can smell the pain of all these people. i can smell how these people are just trapped in their lives. they don’t see much. sometimes they get lost in it… i never quite understand why people would choose to live that way. that’s a stupid way to live. a stupid, stupid, stupid way to live.” - trash humpers

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"the great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes."

"when a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man."

"the most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. however vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."

"you're an idealist, and i pity you as i would the village idiot."

"there are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die."

"observation is a dying art."
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"biology is a software process. our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, each governed by this process. you and i are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era."

"death gives meaning to our lives. it gives importance and value to time. time would become meaningless if there were too much of it."

"life expectancy is a statistical phenomenon. you could still be hit by the proverbial bus tomorrow."

"we appear to be programmed with the idea that there are 'things' outside of our self, and some are conscious, and some are not."

"even by common wisdom, there seem to be both people and objects in my dream that are outside myself, but clearly they were created in myself and are part of me, they are mental constructs in my own brain."
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"women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."

"science is all metaphor."

"we are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. but they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go."

"learning how to operate a soul figures to take time."

"the aim of human life is to know thyself. question authority. think with your friends. create, create new realities. philosophy is a team sport. philosophy is the ultimate, the ultimate aphrodisiac pleasure. learning how to operate your brain, learning how to operate your mind, learning how to redesign chaos."

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"between ourselves and our real natures we interpose that wax figure of idealizations and selections which we call our character."

"industry is a better horse to ride than genius."

"the time has come to stop beating our heads against stone walls under the illusion that we have been appointed policeman to the human race."

"it requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."

"once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon."

"when all men think alike, no one thinks very much."

"we are all captives of the picture in our head - our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists."

onclelapin's rating:
"i am disillusioned enough to know that no man's opinion on any subject is worth a damn unless backed up with enough genuine information to make him really know what he's talking about."

"the world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."

"i couldn't live a week without a private library - indeed, i'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before i'd let go of the 1500 or so books i possess."

"i fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me."

"life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer demoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous."

"the most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."

"heaven knows where i'll end up - but it's a safe bet that i'll never be at the top of anything! nor do i particularly care to be."

"if religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences."

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"society is like a stew. if you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top." - edward abbey

"a crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety." - aesop

"the inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts:
those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains." - al-maʿarri

"admitting that both parties routinely ignore the constitution, reject the rule of law, and erode liberty is the first step to recovery." - justin amash

"waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. be one." - marcus aurelius

"i've got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts - you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn't do right? because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and self-loathing." - d.d. barant

"we are surrounded by images of an alternative way of life. but where is this other way of life? where do they exist, these fabulous rewards and objects and people? where do they belong? here? there? or nowhere? - john berger

"the only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity." - henri bergson

"life begets life. energy creates energy. it is by spending oneself that one becomes rich." - sarah bernhardt

"all my favorite singers couldn't sing." - david berman

"propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship." - william blum

"i'm apolitical, the more i travel and the less sure i am about exactly which political philosophies are commendable. the more government systems i see, the less enticed i am to give my allegiance to any set of people, so it would be disastrous for me to adopt a definitive point of view, or to adopt a party of people and say 'these are my people'. - david bowie

"to think clearly about enhancement, we have to acknowledge that human nature is a mixed bag and that our species has many "design flaws." - allen buchanan

"life is a wretched gray saturday, but it has to be lived through." - anthony burgess

"thou canst not think worse of me than i do of myself." - robert burton

"the optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true." - james branch cabell

"i am a political atheist..." "politics has become a religion, and i don't bow to political gods." - gerald celente

"the worst thing to call somebody is crazy. it's dismissive. "i don't understand this person. so they're crazy." that's bullshit. these people are not crazy. they strong people. maybe their environment is a little sick." - dave chappelle

"the free man owns himself. he can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. if he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - g.k. chesterton

"writing, reading, and promoting a dystopian, orwellian, or post-apocalytptic genre in our current era is the equivalent of day-dreaming as a tornado comes crashing into your house." - noah cicero

"i do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics, or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. i want each man to cut his own way through the jungle." - aleister crowley

"i have no country to fight for. my country is the earth. i am a citizen of the world." - eugene v. debs

"dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives." - william c. dement

"there will come a time when it isn't 'they're spying on me through my phone' anymore. eventually, it will be 'my phone is spying on me'." - phillip k. dick

"young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit."- guy debord

"it is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. ignorance is never better than knowledge." - enrico fermi

"lighthouses are more useful than churches." - benjamin franklin

"keep talking about moving toxic wastes, but never let it cross your mind to quit producing them. keep judging yourselves in manson. don't look in the mirror. you will serve the earth as much as she serves you or you will commit suicide." - lynette "squeaky" fromme

"i am prepared to die... but there is no cause for which i am prepared to kill." mahatma gandhi

"i don't know if i work in order to do something, or in order to know why i can't do what i want to do." - alberto giacometti

"if you have been brutally broke, but still have the courage to be gentle to others then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself." - nikita gill

"propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident that they are acting on their free will." - joseph goebbels

"physical reality is one of the biggest horror movies of all, and you know how we love horror movies." - thaddeus golas

"normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it." - ellen goodman

"i turn and turn in my cell like a fly that doesn't know where to die." - antonio gramsci

"modern man, instead of attempting to raise himself to truth, seeks to drag truth down to his own level." - rene guenon

"we men are from the beginning animals like the other animals, and without changing our inborn nature we will live and die and the cycle will continue." - george ivanovich gurdjieff

"i believe we are a species with amnesia, i think we have forgotten our roots and our origins. i think we are quite lost in many ways. and we live in a society that invests huge amounts of money and vast quantities of energy in ensuring that we all stay lost. a society that invests in creating unconsciousness, which invests in keeping people asleep so that we are just passive consumers of products and not really asking any of the questions." - graham hancock

"in order to rally people, governments need enemies. they want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. and if they do not have a real enemy, they will event one in order to mobilize us." - thich nhat hanh

"a grownup is a child with layers on." - woody harrelson

"i'm sick of following my dreams. i'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." - mitch hedberg

"i am free, no matter what rules surround me. if i find them tolerable, i tolerate them; if i find them too obnoxious, i break them. i am free because i know that i alone am morally responsible for everything i do." - robert a. heinlein

"men, like peaches & pears, grow sweet a little while before they begin to decay." - oliver wendell homes

"space isn't remote at all. it's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards." - fred hoyle

"a great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." - william james

"the aim of argument, or discussion, should not be victory, but progress." - joseph joubert

"loneliness does not come from having no people around, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible." - carl jung

"i used to think i was the strangest person in the world but then i thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways i do. i would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. well, i hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true i'm here, and i'm just as strange as you." - frida kahlo

"silence is of the gods; only monkeys chatter." - buster keaton

"you have never communicated anything other than animalic scents." - porochista khakpour

"military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy." - henry kissinger

"when you call yourself an indian or a muslim or a christian or a european, or anything else, you are being violent. do you see why it is violent? because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. when you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. so a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind." - jiddu krishnamurti

"nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. it is grotesque." - u. g. krishnamurti

"the fact that people are willing to cross vast seas and mountainous terrain to murder people they know nothing about on request from people they know nothing about is the height of social absurdity, cultural violence, and incivility." - sterlin luxan

"keep your eye on the doughnut, not on the hole." - david lynch

"you monkeys think you control the show. not only do you not control the show you don't even know what show it is." - dennis mckenna

"the united states has far more to offer the world than our bombs and missiles and our military technology." - cynthia mckinney

"teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar." - bradley miller

"i'm funny, but looks ain't everything." - roger miller

"government is the coldest of all cold monsters. coldly it lies; and this lie slips from its mouth: "i, government, am the people." everything government says is a lie, and everything government has it has stolen." - friedrich nietzsche

"nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. people are simply unique, incomparable. you are you, i am i." - osho

"those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses." - plato

"life is hard and it gets worse and worse and worse." - cat power

"man is the most insane species. he worships an invisible god and destroys a visible nature. unaware that the nature he is destroying is this god he is worshiping." - hubert reeves

"there are men running governments who shouldn't be allowed to play with matches." - will rogers

"flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead." - arundhati roy

"when i am with you, we stay up all night. when you’re not here, i can’t go to sleep. praise god for those two insomnias! and the difference between them." - rumi

"both now and for always, i intend to hold fast to my belief in the hidden strength of the human spirit." - andrei sakharov

"those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." - george bernard shaw

"character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you." - ramandeep singh

"arguing with a fool proves there are two." - doris m. smith

"please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book. there is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book." - patti smith

"darken your room, shut the door, empty your mind. you are still in great company." - a.o. spare

"we did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’. only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was it ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. to us it was tame. earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the great mystery." - luther standing bear

"old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man." - leon trotsky

"it's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." - mark twain

"you can't have a war on terrorism because that's not an actual enemy, it's abstract. it's like having a war on dandruff. that war will be eternal and pointless. it's idiotic. that's not a war, it's a slogan. it's a lie. it's advertising, which is the only art form we ever invented in american. and we use it to sell soap, wars and presidential candidates in the same fashion." -gore vidal

"to learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." - voltaire

"the notion that a human being should be constantly happy is a uniquely modem, uniquely american, uniquely destructive idea." - andrew weil

"every national border marks the place where two gangs of bandits got too exhausted to kill each other anymore and signed a treaty. patriotism is the delusion that one of these gangs of bandits is better than all the others." - robert anton wilson

"i am a most unhappy man. i have unwittingly ruined my country. a great industrial nation is now controlled by its system of credit. we are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." - woodrow wilson

"we accept the reality of the world with which we're presented." - christof - the truman show

"achievement is its own reward. pride obscures it." - major briggs - twin peaks

"i think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. we became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. we are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight - brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal." - rust cohle - true detective

"there is an ancient indian saying that something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. my people have come to trust memory over history. memory, like fire, is radiant and immutable while history serves only those who seek to control it, those who douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. beware these men for they are dangerous themselves and unwise. their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember and of those who seek the truth." - albert hosteen - the x-files

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