Quotes

You’re obliged to pretend respect for people…

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 contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes […]

You raise your eyes to heaven to invoke it…

You raise your eyes to heaven to invoke it, and a swallow’s dung falls into them and dries them up… You are in the shadow of your garden, and you shout: “Oh! what a beautiful rose!” and the rose pricks you; “Oh, what a beautiful fruit!” there is a wasp on it, and the fruit […]

Sorrow hides behind all your pleasures…

Sorrow hides behind all your pleasures; you are gluttonous rats which it attracts with a bit of savory bacon. Claude Tillier (1801–1844), My Uncle Benjamin: A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel, 1843, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1890

Perhaps if we saw what was ahead of us…

Perhaps if we saw what was ahead of us, and glimpsed the crimes, follies, and misfortunes that would befall us later on, we would all stay in our mother’s wombs, and then there would be nobody in the world but a great number of very fat, very irritated women. Lemony Snicket