“Do you run away or toward?” ― Richard Powers, Orfeo
I have discovered that all the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber…. But on further consideration, when, after finding the cause of all our ills, I have sought to discover the reason of it, I have found that there is one very real reason, namely, the natural poverty of our feeble and mortal condition, so miserable that nothing can comfort us when we think of it closely…. Hence it comes that play and the society of women, war, and high posts, are so sought after. Not that there is in fact any happiness in them, or that men imagine true bliss to consist in money won at play, or in the hare which they hunt; we would not take these as a gift. We do not seek that easy and peaceful lot which permits us to think of our unhappy condition, nor the dangers of war, nor the labour of office, but the bustle which averts these thoughts of ours, and amuses us.
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It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one. –Chuck Palahniuk, Salon.com Letters, Aug. 26, 2003 Continue reading “Still More Quotes On Which Recently I’ve Leaned”
Modern party-dance is simply writhing to suggestive music. It is ridiculous, silly to watch and excruciatingly embarrassing to perform. It is ridiculous, and yet absolutely everyone does it, so that it is the person who does not want to do the ridiculous thing who feels out of place and uncomfortable and self-conscious . . . in a word, ridiculous. Right out of Kafka: the person who does not want to do the ridiculous thing is the person who is ridiculous. […] Modern party-dance is an evil thing. – David Foster Wallace