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Quote from White Wolf by David Gemmell

I make little distinction between those who commit evil and those who stand by and do nothing.

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Quote from Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

 

Jesus said how awful life was, in the Sermon on the Mount: ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and ‘Blessed are the meek,’ and ‘Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness.’

Henry David Thoreau said most famously, ‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.’

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Quote from George Eliot by Virginia Woolf

We scarcely want to analyse what we feel to be so large and deeply human.

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Quote from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

‘Listen, Nick; let me tell you what I said when she was born. Would you like to hear?’

‘Very much.’

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Quote from Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco

Where else? I belong to a lost generation and am comfortable only in the company of others who are lost and lonely.

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Quote from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

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Lord Alfred Douglas
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Quote from I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman

If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.

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Quote from Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

–teaching that a propagandist of my sort was as much a murderer as Heydrich, Eichmann, Himmler, or any of the gruesome rest.

That may be so. I had hoped, as a broadcaster, to be merely ludicrous, but this is a hard world to be ludicrous in, with so many human beings so reluctant to laugh, so incapable of thought, so eager to believe and snarl and hate. So many people wanted to believe me!

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.

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Quote from Paris France by Gertrude Stein

After all, human beings are like that. When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone.

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Quote from Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

To every man his little cross. Till he dies. And is forgotten.

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