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Quote: H.P. Lovecraft 01
‘West of Arkham the hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has ever cut. There are dark narrow glens where the trees slope fantastically, and where thin brooklets trickle without ever having caught the glint of sunlight. On the gentle slopes there are farms, ancient and rocky, with squat, moss-coated cottages brooding eternally over old New England secrets in the lee of great ledges; but these are all vacant now, the wide chimneys crumbling and the shingled sides bulging perilously beneath low gambrel roofs. The old folk have gone away, and foreigners do not like to live there. French-Canadians have tried it, Italians have tried it, and the Poles have come and departed. It is not because of anything that can be seen or heard or handled, but because of something that is imagined. The place is not good for imagination, and does not bring restful dreams at night.’
-Howard Phillips Lovecraft, The Colour Out Of Space
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Quote: Seneca 01
‘Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. ’
-Seneca, Moral Essays
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Quote: H.D. Thoreau
‘I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.’
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Quote: S. Kierkegaard 01
‘Eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not, whether you have despaired in such a way that you did not realize that you were in despair, or in such a way that you covertly carried this sickness inside of you as your gnawing secret... or in such a way that you, a terror to others, raged in despair.’
-Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death
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Quote: M. de Montaigne 01
‘Contagion is very dangerous in the crowd. One must either imitate the vicious or hate them. Both these things are dangerous: to imitate them because they are many, and to hate them because they are unlike us.’
-Michel de Montaigne, Of Solitude
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Quote: A. Schopenhauer 01
‘Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old age: we are languid, talkative, silly. Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.’
-Arthur Schopenhauer, Counsels and Maxims
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Quote: C.R. Maturin 01
‘Every year renews the rose, but what year shall see a pyramid rebuilt?’
-Charles Robert Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer
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Quote: Y. Zamyatin 01
Doctor: ‘You’re in a bad way! Apparently, you have developed a soul.’
D-503: ‘Is it... very dangerous?’
Doctor: ‘Incurable.’

-Yevgeny Zamyatin, We
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Quote: R.W. Emerson 01
‘Let me admonish you, first of all, to go alone; to refuse the good models, even those which are sacred in the imagination of men, and dare to love God without mediator or veil. Friends enough you shall find who will hold up to your emulation Wesleys and Oberlins, Saints and Prophets. Thank God for these good men, but say, ‘I also am a man.’ Imitation cannot go above its model. The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it, because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator, something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man’s.’
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Divinity School Address
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Quote: A. Solhenitzyn 01
‘If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?’
-Alexander Solhenitzyn, The Gulag Archipelago
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Quote: E. Fromm 01
‘Mental health, in the humanistic sense, is characterized by the ability to love and to create, by the emergence from the incestuous ties to family and nature, by a sense of identity based on one's experience of self as the subject and agent of one's powers, by the grasp of reality inside and outside of ourselves - that is, by the development of objectivity and reason. The aim of life is to live it intensely; to be fully born; to be fully awake; to emerge from the ideas of infantile grandiosity into the conviction of one's real though limited strength; to be able to accept the paradox that everyone of us is the most important thing there is in the universe – and at the same time no more important than a fly or a blade of grass. To be able to love life, and yet to accept death without terror; to tolerate uncertainty about the most important questions with which life confronts us – and yet to have faith in our thought and feeling, inasmuch as they are truly ours. To be
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Current Residence: Carnival of the Burlesque
Favourite genre of music: Blues
Favourite style of art: Symbolism
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Amotion Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
thanks for the kind comment and the fav, always nice to here from another lover of blues music!
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