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Old 05-12-2008   #1
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Topic Nominated Pessimistic Passage of the Day...

Just imagine it: an online anthology of pessimistic quotations, assembled by Ligottians, growing daily like a (insert horrible simile here)... A collection of quotations devoted entirely to negativity! Taken from literature, philosophy, science, art -- any place where a solitary neigh-sayer has expressed the wretchedness of life, who has recorded the nightmares of the organism. I humbly submit the first quotation, to get things rolling doomward:

"The idea of a world where human life might be artificially prolonged has a nightmare quality yet gives no glimpse of anything beyond that slight delay. Death is waiting in the long run, made necessary by multiplying and teeming life."
-- Georges Bataille, Erotism: Death & Sensuality

"Reality is the shadow of the word." -- Bruno Schulz
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Re: Pessimistic Passage of the Day...

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a solitary neigh-sayer
The only one I can think of is Eeyore. But can donkeys neigh?

Yes, I'm making fun of your spelling.
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Re: Pessimistic Passage of the Day...

Can donkeys neigh? Nay. But what of mules, which is how I feel? gveranon, you are a terrible terrible terrible person, and for that very reason I refuse to edit my post. Let my equine cry stand as a testimony to your meanness (and my drunkennessness).

If possible my pessimism has deepened.

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"Not to be born is the most to be desired; but having seen the light, the next best is to die as soon as possible"
-- Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

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"So that's how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that's stolen from us--that's snatched right out of our hands--even if we are left completely changed, with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to play out our lives this way, in silence. We draw ever nearer to the end of our allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off behind. Repeating, often adroitly, the endless deeds of the everyday. Leaving behind a feeling of immeasurable emptiness."

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When I see a swimmer, I immediately think he'll drown, so I paint a drowned man.


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"i have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which i sometimes madly indulge. it has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that i have periled life and reputation and reason. it has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness, and a dread of some strange impending doom" - edgar allan poe
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"...I will look fiercely into Nothingness and pledge fraternity with It, that I may perceive no further human traces when, at last, It seizes me, too!" -- The Nightwatches of Bonaventura
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Re: Pessimistic Passage of the Day...

Well, I guess I should make a constructive contribution to this thread. Here are three quotations by Nicolas de Chamfort. I got these off the internet and don't know who the translator was.

"It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyze before we can live happily in the world."

"Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death."

"The world either breaks or hardens the heart."
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Re: Pessimistic Passage of the Day...

Quote Originally Posted by gveranon View Post
The remedy is death.
That would make a brilliant title for a movie. The Remedy is Death.

I forgive you for making fun of my spelling now.

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