Fear and Rage - Quotes
What I give form to in daylight is only one per cent of what I have seen in darkness.
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
Those who climb soap boxes to preach "tolerance" of all "lifestyles" are typically the most intolerant of all. It is easy enough to prove: simply tell such preachers of intolerance that you have an opposite opinion.
Pleasant it is to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in peril.
To kill someone, even treacherously is more manly than to wound a friend by betraying his confidence.
Who knows whether, If I had given up smoking, I should really have become the strong perfect man I imagined? Perhaps it was this very doubt that bound me to my vice, because life is so much pleasanter if one is able to believe in one's own latent greatness.
Tears throw a veil over our faults and allow us to accuse fate without fear or contradiction.
Everyone remembers his past with greater vividness as the present becomes more important. Dying men in their last delirium are supposed to see their whole life spread out before them.
And it is true that life lacks the monotony of museums. There come days which seem worthy of being framed, but they are so full of conflicting sounds, of line and color and living, burning light that they never become tedious.
If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how then with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books should be forbid.
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
If you're goin' to be a bear... be a grizzly!
The Mooncalf Rubicon
There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.
How can I write moral novels? I didn't find heroic people around me.
How can I write about beautiful things? I have no reference point.
Newsweek, January 6, 1997
The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein - it rejects it.
If a young man is to get through puberty gracefully, he must first destroy his conscience.
I kept on digging the hole deeper and deeper looking for the treasure chest until I finally lifted my head, looked up and realised that I had dug my own grave.
The politer the society, the greater the lies it requires.
I thank whatever Gods may be for my unconquerable soul.
Some people will not tolerate such emotional honesty in communication. They would rather defend their dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Therefore, having rationalized their phoniness into nobility, they settle for superficial relationships.
We come, we come with roll of drum: ta-runda runda runda rom!
We come, we come with horn of drum: ta-runda runda runda rom!
To Isengard! Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone;
We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door;
To land of gloom with tramp of doom, with roll of drum, we come, we come;
To Isengard with doom we come!
The Lord of the Rings
The lions sing and the hills take flight
The moon by day, and the sun by night
Blind woman, deaf man, jackdaw fool
Let the Lord of Chaos rule
The Lord of Chaos, The Wheel of Time
Prisons are built with stones of Law,
Brothels with bricks of Religion.
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.
The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves,
the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword,
are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man.
Proverbs of Hell
The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself.
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
History repeats itself because nobody listens.
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
The savages are upon me and I feel my flesh burn beneath the teeth of their indifference.
Saints should always be judged guilty until proven innocent.
It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions.
A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says, "I was beaten"; he does not say, "My men were beaten."
A transition from an author's book to his conversation is too often like an entrance into a large city, after a distant prospect. Remotely, we see nothing but spires of temples and turrets of palaces, and imagine it the residence of splendour, grandeur, and magnificence; but when we have passed the gates, we find it perplexed with narrow passages, disgraced with despicable cottages, embarrassed with obstructions, and clouded with smoke.
It is as true to say that God is permanent and the World fluent, as that the World is permanent and God is fluent.
It is as true to say that God is one and the World many, as that the World is one and God many.
It is as true to say that, in comparison with the World, God is actual eminently , as that, in comparison with God, the World is actual eminently.
It is as true to say that the World is immanent in God, as that God is immanent in the World.
It is as true to say that God transcends the World, as that the World transcends God.
It is as true to say that God creates the World, as that the World creates God.
Process and Reality
God does not think; he creates. He does not exist; he is eternal.
The primary question about life after death is not whether it is a fact, but even if it is, what problems that really solves.
Faith is believing something you know ain't true.
We should be agnostic about those things for which there is no evidence. We should not hold beliefs merely because they gratify our desires for afterlife, immortality, heaven, hell, etc.
Religion without Revelation
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
The essence of wisdom is to remain suspicious of what you want to be true.
Never, never pin your whole faith on any human being: not if he is the best and wisest in the whole world. There are lots of nice things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
The Problem of Pain
There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion ('man's search for God'!) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?
If you love God, burn the church.
I have said I have met Satan, and this is true. But it is not tangible. It no more has horns, hooves and a forked tail than God has a long white beard. Even the name, Satan, is just a name we have given to something basically nameless.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963
He that increases knowledge increaseth sorrow. the Bible
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.
To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly. Death of one's own free choice, death at the proper time, with a clear head and with joyfulness, consummated in the midst of children and witnesses: so that an actual leave-taking is possible while he who is leaving is still there.
Expeditions of an Untimely Man