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To Cherish the Serpent That Devours Us

… A hundred times I wished to kill myself, but my love of life persisted. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of the most fatal of our faults. For what could be more stupid than to go on carrying a burden that we always long to lay down? To loathe, and yet cling to, existence? In short, to cherish the serpent that devours us, until it has eaten our hearts?

– The Old Woman’s Story, Candide (Voltaire)


How could she ever understand that there isn’t any way I could be disappointed since I no longer find anything worth looking forward to?

American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)

The Most Surprising Things

Beautiful mistress, when a man is in love, is jealous, and has been flogged by the Inquisition, he does the most surprising things.

Candide (Voltaire)

Sex is Mathematics

This was the geography around which my reality revolved:

it did not occur to me, ever, that people were good or that a man was capable of change or that the world could be a better place through one’s taking pleasure in feeling or look or a gesture, or receiving another person’s love or kindness.

Nothing was affirmative, the term “generosity of spirit” applied to nothing, was a cliche, was some kind of bad joke. Sex is mathematics. Individuality no longer an issue. What does intelligence signify? Define reason. Desire – meaningless. Intellect is not a cure.

Justice is dead. Fear, recrimination, innocence, sympathy, guilt, waste, failure, grief, were things, emotions, that no one really felt anymore. Reflection is useless, the world is senseless. Evil is its only permanence. God is not alive. Love cannot be trusted. Surface, surface, surface was all that anyone found meaning in … this was civilisation as I saw it, colossal and jagged …

American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)

The Emptiness of Another Week

It’s far easier to think that it was simply a crime against the church, it resolves the problem because it’s an obvious motive. it’s much more difficult to admit, but the reason is there is not enough good in the world to convince and enthuse a youngster, only the emptiness of another week.

– Father Gigi Pini

A Slow, Purposeful Erasure

There wasn’t a clear, identifiable emotion within me, except for greed and, possibly, total disgust. I had all the characteristics of a human being -flesh, blood, skin, hair – but my depersonalisation was so intense, had gone so deep, that the normal ability to feel compassion had been eradicated, the victim of a slow, purposeful erasure. I was simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human being, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning.

– Patrick Bateman, American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)

A Small and Lively Gerbil

Because trying to fuck you is like trying to French-kiss a very …small and …lively gerbil … with Braces

– Patrick Bateman, American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)

Interfering with Play

If a player is not interfering with play or seeking to gain an advantage, then he should be.

– Bill Shankly


If you are first, you are first. If you are second, you are nothing.

– Bill Shankly

We’ll Discuss the Options Later

If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.

– Bob Paisley

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