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All that we are not stares back at what we are.


Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.

Norm Papernick

I became a god once. Realized it was a step down, and quit.

Norm Papernick

You're a wonderful friend and a raving psycho.

Ray Strobel

What good is the Moon? You can't buy it or sell it.

Ivan F. Boesky

In a world that has been turned on its head, truth is a moment of falsehood.

Guy Debourd
The Society of the Spectacle

He's a great writer. If I didn't think so I wouldn't have tried to kill him... I was the champ and when I read his stuff I knew he had something. So I dropped a heavy glass skylight on his head at a drinking party. But you can't kill the guy. He's not human.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Ernest Hemingway

Harris really thought he was wonderful. Once he told me he was going to live to be a hundred. When I asked him what the formula was, he told me it was very simple. He said: 'I've bought myself a stomach pump and one half hour after dinner I pump myself out.' Can you imagine that? Well, it didn't work. It's a wonder it didn't kill him sooner.

James Thurber, on Frank Harris

Each morning I awake, the sky is grey, the trees are bare. A single crow calls my name as I weep into the pillow, wondering when it will ever end.


It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right.


The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

The trouble with life is, you're halfway through it before you realize it's a do-it-yourself thing.

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

Akiro Kurosawa

An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.

Victor Hugo

Certain old men prefer to rise at dawn, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it.

Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary

It is within the experience of everyone that when pleasure and pain reach a certain intensity they are indistinguishable.

Arnold Bennett

In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But, since there's no real market for masturbation I had to fall back on my bass playing abilities.

Les Claypool

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.


What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?

Ursula K. LeGuin

God is a comic playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh.

Regard all art critics as useless and dangerous.

Manifesto of the Futurists

There is eloquence in screaming.

Patrick Jones

I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.

People hear that I am a horror writer and they think that I must be a monster, but actually I have the heart of a small child - I keep it in a jar on my desk.

Robert Bloch

I'd harbored hopes that the intelligence that once inhabited novels or films would ingest rock. I was, perhaps, wrong.

Lou Reed

But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

Umberto Eco
Foucault's Pendulum

I have heard of many going astray even in the village streets, when the darkness was so thick you could cut it with a knife, as the saying is...

Henry David Thoreau

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.

Kerry Thornley
The Principia Discordia, 5th edition

Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.

Henrik Tikkanen

Facts, or what a man believes to be facts, are delightful...
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

Mark Twain

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I wouldn't mind dying - it's that business of having to stay dead that scares the shit out of me.

R. Geis

Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.

Ed Howe

Goodbye. I am leaving because I am bored.

George Saunders' dying words

All humans are hypocrites; the biggest hypocrite of all is the one who claims to detest hypocrisy.

Peter Wastholm

Nothing you've ever known is true. Nor nothing you've ever loved. You don't know if there's a Hell below you, or a Heaven above. The Truth, my friend, is somewhere out there, just waiting to be released. But before you embark on your great endeavor, know that you'll never return to peace.

Charles Edward Jaggard

Through the night, a raven's schrill cry,
The wind, caressed by darkness, howls through the sky.
The stars in the heavens look upon the corrupt world below,
And as mankind's laid to rest, their fate they do not know.

Charles Edward Jaggard

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.

Albert Einstein

See the ridiculous in everything.

Robert Smith, The Cure

Being normal is just a figment of everyone else's imagination.

Carissa L.

Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.

When you push yourself to the limits, is it laws of nature or the pain forcing you to give in to them that makes you stop?


The true capacity of the mind can only be measured by the amount of time one has to fill it.


So what if I'm a raving psychotic, at least I know it.


I'm having deja-vu and amnesia at the same time. It's like I think I've forgotten this before.

Life is simple: you're born, you die.
It's the stuff in between that tells you if it was worth the simplicity.


I've got one eye looking at you and one eye looking for you.

old drunken Irish phrase

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.

Friedrich Nietzsche

When I was a kid I used to get fun out of my horrors.

Eugene O'Neil