"Attitude without substance is just plain bitterness."
"Life is a shit sandwich. Eat it or starve."
--Unknown alt.bitterness poster
"If morons could fly, the sky would be pitch black."
"Thanks, for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business.
Thanks, for a nation of finks."
--William S. Burroughs, "A Thanksgiving Prayer"
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands,
hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
"The problem with the global village is all the global village idiots."
"If...you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be
a horrible warning."
"The first sign of awareness comes with the realization that
there are thousands of tormented souls burning in hell
AND YOU'RE ONE OF THEM."
"As Camille Paglia's success has demonstrated, what is most marketable
is absolutism and attitude undiluted by thought."
"One of the greatest gifts you can get as a writer is to be born
into an unhappy family."
"Happy shall be he that taketh and dasheth thy little ones
against the stones"
--Psalms 137:9 (sans context)
"The V-chip means parents won't have to spend any time
with their children."
"We...make the modern error of dignifying the Individual. We do everything
we can to butter him up. We give him a name, assure him that he has certain
inalienable rights, educate him, let him pass on his name to his brats and
when he dies we give him a special hole in the ground... But after all, he's
only a seed, a bloom and a withering stalk among pressing billions. Your
Individual is a pretty disgusting, vain, lewd little bastard... By God, he
has only one right guaranteed to him in Nature, and that is the right to die
and stink to Heaven."
--Ross Lockridge, "Short Lives, by Katinka Matson"
"I had a map on my wall that had a circle around Lubbock and then giant
arrows pointing toward New York City and Los Angeles. Written across both
arrows were the words 'Toward Civilization.' Of course, by the time I got
to New York, I realized there really isn't any civilization."
"We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief
respites are called panic."
"For every problem, there is a solution which is simple, neat,
--H. L. Mencken
"It would seem that men always need some idiotic fiction in
the name of which they can hate one another. Once it was
religion. Now it is the State."
"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good,
you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
"Events unfold so unpredictably, so unfairly, human happiness does not
seem to have been included in the design of creation. It is only we,
with our capacity to love, that give meaning to the indifferent
--Woody Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors
"The only thing I can really trust is my own self-indulgence."
Nezvannyi gost'--khuzhe tatarina.
-- Russian proverb
[Approximate translation: An uninvited guest is worse than the Mongol invasion]