'Quietism, Buddhism, Christianity, and other religions, everything which denies the flesh - is the great inferiority to God in ourselves, an escapism seeking sanctuary through fear of life and inability to accept 'this reality'. They were hurt? Or was the odalisque unsatisfactory or too expensive? They expected too much for too little, or were too mean to pay - therefore: "All is illusion". But the stoic smilingly awaits the next shower of shit from heaven. Stoics are not Saviours, Saints or Heroes and are often confused and weary, yet they prefer to find their own way and to accept life as they find it. The schizophrenics, the melancholics and psychotics - they at least are secretive and inflict no religion on others. They prove the possibilities and utilities of 'as if' when totally accepted.'
- Austin Osman Spare
"You see things; and you say "Why?"
But I dream things that never were;
and I say "Why Not?"
-George Bernard Shaw
"If music be the food
of love, play on."
'Civilised life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us.'
- J.G. Ballard
I'm not as think as I stoned I am.
'It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent blindingly obvious. The cry "I could have thought of that" is a very popular and misleading one, for the fact is they didn't, and a very significant and revealing fact it is too.'
- Dirk Gently
'Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.'
"Might and Glory
gonna be my name"
– Douglas Adams
this is a big anniversary of the publication of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, my copy of which is apparently in an alternate universe, so somebody weigh in with some immortal words from Douglas Adams here...