"The only artists I have ever known, who are personally delightful, are bad artists. Good artists exist simply in what they make, and consequently are perfectly uninteresting in what they are. A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets makes a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not live.”
—Lord Henry Wotton from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
“The town has a sense, not of history, but of time, and the telephone poles seem to know this. If you lay your hand against one, you can feel the vibration from the wires deep within the wood, as if souls had been imprisoned in there and were struggling to get out.”
― Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot
How to forgive the world for its beauty, which merely disguises its ugliness; for its gentleness, which merely cloaks its cruelty; for its illusion of continuity, seamlessly, as the night follows the day, so to speak- whereas in reality life is a series of brutal raptures, falling upon your defenseless hands, like the blows of a woodman’s axe?
—Salmon Rushdie, The Moor’s Last Sigh (via quoted-books)
"I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that
they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.”
— Agatha Christie
There is no hunting like the hunting of a man. Those who have hunted armed men long enough and like it, care for nothing else afterward.
— Ernest Hemingway (via thelastraigeki)
"Cuckoldom Triumphant Or, Matrimonial Incontinence Vindicated" and other eighteenth-century novels of note.
The Toast has compiled a list of 18th century novels and they are equal parts charming and weird. New favorite book title: ‘Reft Rob; Or, The Witch Of Scot-Muir, Commonly Called Madge The Snoover.’ Or maybe just ‘Astonishment!!!’
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space - Umberto Boccioni, 1913
1. You’re not to think you are anything special.
2. You’re not to think you are as good as us.
3. You’re not to think you are smarter than us.
4. You’re not to convince yourself that you are better than us.
5. You’re not to think you know more than us.
6. You’re not to think you are more important than us.
7. You’re not to think you are good at anything.
8. You’re not to laugh at us.
9. You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
10. You’re not to think you can teach us anything.
George Bernard Shaw, born on this day in 1856, on marriage, the oppression of women, and the hypocrisy of monogamy
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place
—George Bernard Shaw (via elliottheis)