Sunday, May 01, 2005

Curmudgeon Quotes

I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it raging and roaring like a wild beast in its den.  It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free and ending just where it began.  ~William Hazlitt The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.  ~G.K. Chesterton I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.  ~W. Somerset Maugham Not to be born at all would be the best thing for man, never to behold the sun's scorching rays; but if one is born, then one is to press as quickly as possible to the portals of Hades, and rest there under the earth.  ~Thiognis We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.  ~Kenneth Clark Men hate to be misunderstood, and to be understood makes them furious.  ~Edgar Saltus Things are not as bad as they seem.  They are worse.  ~Bill Press I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities.  It is the only pleasure I have left.  ~Voltaire He had the uneasy manner of a man who is not among his own kind, and who has not seen enough of the world to feel that all people are in some sense his own kind.  ~Willa Cather We semaphore from ship to ship, but they're sinking, too.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966 Nothing begins, and nothing ends, that is not paid with moan; for we are born in other's pain, and perish in our own.  ~Francis Thompson Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.  ~Author Unknown Sometimes you wake up in the morning and wish your parents had never met.  ~Bill Fitch We are adhering to life now with our last muscle - the heart.  ~Djuna Barnes The dignity of man lies in his ability to face reality in all its meaninglessness.  ~Martin Esslin The world bruises us all, but some heal faster than others - and some bleed to death.  ~D.H. Mondfleur I see it all perfectly:  there are two possibilities, one can either do this or do that.  My honest opinion and friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it, you will regret both.  ~Kierkegaard Comfort, or revelation:  God owes us one of these, but surely not both.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 Janie's a pretty typical teenager - angry, insecure, confused.  I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her.  ~Alan Ball, American Beauty, 1999 I like long walks, especially when they're taken by people who annoy me.  ~Fred Allen You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd.  You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation.  It is that permanent cont


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