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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Critic
Nation: English
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The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.

Tags: Change, Experience, Life

In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.

Tags: Absence, Complete, Talents

If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.

Tags: Bible, Mad, Seriously

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.

Tags: Doubt, Faith, Morning

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.

Tags: Making, Science, Wisdom

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.

Tags: Law, Shall, Whole

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.

Tags: Morality, Ordinary

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.

Tags: Drunk, Fighting, Nature

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.

Tags: Become, Him, Sense

I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.

Tags: Kiss, Touch, Woman

Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.

Tags: Faces, Facts, Life

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

Tags: Evidence, Impotence

Part of the public horror of sexual irregularity so-called is due to the fact that everyone knows himself essentially guilty.

Tags: Everyone, Fact, Guilty

I have never grown out of the infantile belief that the universe was made for me to suck.

Tags: Belief, Suck, Universe

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.

Tags: Education, Mind, Worth

I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.

Tags: Good, Memory, Understand

Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.

Tags: Difficult, Physics, Practice

The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbor and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell.

Tags: Able, Fact, Hell

The people who have really made history are the martyrs.

Tags: History, Martyrs

The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.

Tags: Looking, Mountain, Ordinary

To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind; or, if not, should never be published at all.

Tags: Book, Gods, Mankind

Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.

Tags: Another, Child, Fear

The conscience of the world is so guilty that it always assumes that people who investigate heresies must be heretics; just as if a doctor who studies leprosy must be a leper. Indeed, it is only recently that science has been allowed to study anything without reproach.

Tags: Guilty, Science, Study

The pious pretense that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.

Tags: Evil, Exist, Makes

Chinese civilisation is so systematic that wild animals have been abolished on principle.

Tags: Chinese, Principle, Wild