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View Quote I should really like to think there’s something wrong with me — Because, if there isn’t then there’s something wrong,
Or at least, very different from what it seemed to be,
With the world itself—and that’s much more frightening!
View Quote T. S. Eliot, The ****tail Party (1949)
View Quote Bug****; you had to be crazy like Robert E. Howard or H.P. Lovecraft to write like that.
View Quote Harlan Ellison comments in the 1979 Comics Journal leading to a lawsuit by Michael Fleisher
View Quote We parry and fend the approach of our fellow-man by compliments, by gossip, by amusements, by affairs. We cover up our thought from him under a hundred folds. I knew a man who under a certain religious frenzy cast off this drapery, and omitting all compliment and commonplace, spoke to the conscience of every person he encountered, and that with great insight and beauty. At first he was resisted, and all men agreed he was mad. But persisting—as indeed he could not help doing—for some time in this course, he attained to the advantage of bringing every man of his acquaintance into true relations with him. No man would think of speaking falsely with him, or of putting him off with any chat of markets or reading-rooms. But every man was constrained by so much sincerity to the like plain dealing, and what love of nature, what poetry, what symbol of truth he had, he did certainly show him. But to most of us society shows not its face and eye, but its side and its back. To stand in true relations with men in a false age is worth a fit of insanity, is it not?
View Quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Friendship,” Essays: First Series, Complete Works (1883), vol. 2, pp. 194-195
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