If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey.A.N. Wilson
Just as the office worker dreams of murdering his hated boss and so is saved from really murdering him, so it is with the author; with his great dreams he helps his readers to survive, to avoid their worst intentions. And society, without realizing it... respects and even exalts him, albeit with a kind of jealousy, fear and even repulsion, since few people want to discover the horrors that lurk in the depths of their souls. This is the highest mission of great literature, and there is no other.Ernesto Sábato
Those Romans who perpetrated the rape of the Sabines, for example, did not work themselves up for the deed by screening Debbie Does Dallas, and the monkish types who burned a million or so witches in the Middle Ages had almost certainly not come across Boobs and Buns or related periodicals.Barbara Ehrenreich
The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine.George Bernard Shaw
Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane.Henry Miller
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector.Ernest Hemingway
Be not too liberal; it doth belong
The French bourgeois doesn't dislike shit, provided it is served up to him at the right time.Jean-Paul Sartre
Painting and fucking a lot are not compatible; it weakens the brain.Vincent Van Gogh
If one had to worry about one's actions in respect of other people's ideas, one might as well be buried alive in an antheap or married to an ambitious violinist. Whether that man is the prime minister, modifying his opinions to catch votes, or a bourgeois in terror lest some harmless act should be misunderstood and outrage some petty convention, that man is an inferior man and I do not want to have anything to do with him any more than I want to eat canned salmon.Aleister Crowley
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