The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
~George Bernard Shaw
The dignity of man lies in his ability to face reality in all its meaninglessness.
I like long walks, especially when they’re taken by people who annoy me.
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 sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That’s the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.
~Octave Mirbeau, Torture Garden
It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyze before we can live happily in this world.
~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
My mind’s terrain has become exceedingly rough. Emotional scars are changing my internal geography faster than the mapmaker can keep pace. Wrong turns and dead ends abound, and I’m afraid someday I’ll drown in a river I didn’t know was there.
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
~David T. Wolf
The mad are happy, the sane ignorant; those of us stuck on the sane side of madness or the mad fringe of sanity are in a purgatorial cage.