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Old 06-09-2008   #121
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Re: Pessimistic Passage of the Day...

"When I have inspired universal horror and disgust, I shall have conquered solitude."
--Charles Baudelaire, Intimate Journals

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Re: Pessimistic Passage of the Day...

"There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry."
- Martin Gardner

"The failed magician waves his wand, and in an instant the laughter is gone." - Martin Gore
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Re: Pessimistic Passage of the Day...

Quote Originally Posted by Bleak&Icy View Post
This passage comes from Nabokov's short story "Terror": ...Very Ligotiian, no?
Yes, a great passage.

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"No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one."
-- Emile M. Cioran

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"If we see light at the end of the tunnel, it is the light of the oncoming train."
-- Robert Lowell

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"The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum."
--Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life (1923)

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"But intellectual development increases our capacity for pain, and material progress suppresses spiritual values. Hence ultimate happiness is not attainable in this world, in heaven, or by endless progress towards an earthly paradise. These illusions are ruses employed by the absolute to induce mankind to propagate itself. We will eventually shed illusions and commit collective suicide..."

From the entry "Eduard von Hartmann" in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

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Done with the work of breathin'; done
With all the world; the mad race run
Through to the end; the golden goal
Attained and found to be a hole!

-- Ambrose Bierce, A Devil's Dictionary

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"For there is a sickening sense in which a corpse is a human being that has been returned to its sheerest humanity; there is something truly universal about a corpse."

-- L. Wieseltier, The New Republic

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