You're not me. You can't feel like I feel." "I can feel." "No you can't. You just choose not to feel or something and everything's fine." "It's not fine. It's just not so bad.
Follow the accident, fear the fixed plan--that is the rule.
Whatever sympathy I feel towards religions, whatever admiration for some of their adherents, whatever historical or biological necessity I see in them, whatever metaphorical truth, I cannot accept them as credible explanations of reality; and they are incredible to me in proportion to the degree tha
There cannot be any true leisure until all the world possesses it equally.
I do not plan my fiction any more than I normally plan woodland walks; I follow the path that seems most promising at any given point, not some itinerary decided before entry.
The battle was over. Our casualties were some thirteen thousand killed--thirteen thousand minds, memories, loves, sensations, worlds, universes--because the human mind is more a universe than the universe itself--and all for a few hundred yards of useless mud.
I am one in a row of specimens. It's when I try to flutter out of line that he hates me. I'm meant to be dead, pinned, always the same, always beautiful. He knows that part of my beauty is being alive. but it's the dead me he wants. He wants me living-but-dead.
There are many reasons why novelists write, but they all have one thing in common - a need to create an alternative world.
I knew I would always want to go on living with myself, however hollow I became, however diseased.
I am talking about the general psychological health of the species, man. He needs the existence of mysteries. Not their solution.
The moon hung over the planet Earth, a dead thing over a dying thing.
One degrades oneself sometimes in the effort not to be lonely.
Duty is but a pot. It holds whatever is put in it, from the greatest evil to the greatest good.
But I think the most harmful change brought about by Victorian science in our attitude to nature lies in the demand that our relation with it must be purposive, industrious, always seeking greater knowledge.
I don't think the English like me. I sold a colossal best seller in America, and they never really forgave me.
Liking other people is an illusion we have to cherish in ourselves if we are to live in society.
They looked down on her; and she looked up through them.
Death is the room that is always empty.
I think we are just insects, we live a bit and then die and thatâ€™s the lot. Thereâ€™s no mercy in things. Thereâ€™s not even a Great Beyond. Thereâ€™s nothing.
Being an atheist is a matter not of moral choice, but of human obligation.
It is only when our characters and events begin to disobey us that they begin to live.
The power of women! I've never felt so full of mysterious power. Men are a joke. We're so weak physically, so helpless with things. Still, even today. But we're stronger than they are. We can stand their cruelty. They can't stand ours.
Our accepting what we are must always inhibit our being what we ought to be. John Fowle
Ask me to marry you." "Will you marry me?" "No.
Piers is always going on about how he hated Stowe. As if that solves everything, as if to hate something means it can't have affected you.
We chase the reward, we get the reward and then we discover that the true reward is always the next reward. Buying pleasure is a false end.
To despise all effort is the greatest effort of all.
He's not human; he's an empty space disguised as a human.
Art's cruel. You can get away with murder with words. But a picture is like a window straight through to your inmost heart.
Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical. John Fo