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Old 10-26-2016   #1
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Topic Nominated Original Quotes

Come up with an original quote, preferably pessimistic in nature. It can be your own or a different author's.

"Of all life on earth, the human species is the stupidest. It mistakes its existence alone for an argument that life is some kind of divine gift."

“Evolution cannot avoid bringing intelligent life ultimately to an awareness of one thing above all else and that one thing is futility.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Sunset Limited
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Re: Original Quotes

Dying is the only thing you have to get right the first time.--John Mundy
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Re: Original Quotes

"Your hope for Failure is as futile as any other hope. Unaware of its infiltration from the beginning, you topple in circle uselessly for a fate that has always awaited you."

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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Re: Original Quotes

"Life is, at heart, tragedy. The aesthetic success varies from person to person."
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Re: Original Quotes

A few scattered quotations from an as yet unpublished novel of mine:


"Individually, every human being is as beautiful as a Botticelli portrait. Collectively, the human race is as horrifying as a Bosch hellscape."


“Why not just reject everything? Consider the vast amount of planets and galaxies out there… what if each and every one of them were free from the taint of sentient life? The universe as a symphony of non-existence, the music of the spheres ruined by one false note: our planet. Wouldn’t that make us a sort of cosmic teratoma, a planet-sized polyp despoiling the purity of an otherwise immaculate vacuum?"


"The Ancient Greeks were wrong when they classified Echidna the She-Viper as the progenitor of all horrors: human consciousness is the true Mother of Monsters."

"The Outsider must find a direction and commit himself to it, not lie moping about the meaninglessness of the world."
-Colin Wilson, Religion and the Rebel
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Re: Original Quotes

From an unpublished story of mine:

"The courageous die but the cowards live, and I am a coward."

This is my life. This is my damnation. This is my only regret--that I ever was born.

-- Swans, "Beautiful Child"
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Re: Original Quotes

Odd that you should post this, DarkView since I have a notebook filled with apocryphal quotes of great writers/historical personages. It was a sardonic hobby for me a ling time ago. This is an old one but one of my favorites:


I don't know if the glass is half-filled or half-empty, but I know the water is poisoned.
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Life throws us the occasional pleasure in much the same fashion as we throw a dog a bone. But why do I suspect the dog has a better deal? Perhaps because the best masters are not as cruel and capricious as Fate; and the dog can expect a fairly regular supply of bones.
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A man is Nothing without a woman. A woman is Nothing without a man. But together?
Do the math.


Lacking ambition, my great ambition was to become more ambitious. Did I succeed? I couldn't care less.
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Re: Original Quotes

"The worst part of being in love is that it’s impossible to prove to the beloved how sincere you are in the matter. It requires an act of faith on both ends."

"Make no mistake. Nature favors the barbaric and the morally blind. If something exists, it’s probably in defiance of good taste. That’s why great and noble things appear to have visited us from another world; they also leave us the very moment they arrive."

"I’ve always imagined the human brain to be a complex tumor."

"It’s no surprise that people are quick to accuse a person of being responsible for their own suffering. It’s a way of keeping them from acknowledging the awful fact that the same suffering can and will happen to them without rhyme or reason in the future."
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