Quotes

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“As far as I can judge, I am not actually mentally ill” Vincent Van Gogh, shortly after cutting off part of his ear and giving it to a prostitute.

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George Bernard Shaw: “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”

Also: “My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”

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“A work of art is useless as a flower is useless. A flower blossoms for its own joy. We gain a moment of joy by looking at it. That is all that is to be said about our relations to flowers. Of course man may sell the flower, and so make it useful to him, but this has nothing to do with the flower. It is not part of its essence. It is accidental. It is a misuse.” Oscar Wilde

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Pretty much all of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, but especially:

“It is never too late to give up our prejudices… What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood to-morrow, mere smoke of opinion, which some had trusted for a cloud that would sprinkle fertilizing rain on their fields.”

“The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”

“No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience… I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.”

“Be rather the Mungo Park, the Lewis and Clark and Frobisher, of your own streams and oceans; explore your own higher latitudes—with shiploads of preserved meats to support you, if they be necessary; and pile the empty cans sky-high for a sign. Were preserved meats invented to preserve meat merely? Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.”

 “I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls.”

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“I realised that even though we went on talking till Judgement Day, I would still find the time all too short.” Simone de Beauvoir

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“Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.”

“I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money.” Dorothy Parker

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“If you cannot– in the long run– tell everyone what you have been doing, your doing has been worthless.” Erwin Schrödinger