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Winter Schnippet

“Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.”

Hermann Hesse more »


Aleister Crowley Schnippets

“Every one interprets everything in terms of his own experience. If you say anything which does not touch a precisely similar spot in another man’s brain, he either misunderstands you, or doesn’t understand you at all.”

Aleister Crowley, Diary Of A Drug Fiend. more »

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Canoa: A Shameful Memory

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Another Huysmans Schnippet

“Now it was all over… the jovial bourgeois lorded it over the country, putting his trust in the power of money and the contagiousness of his stupidity. The result of his rise to power had been the suppression of all intelligence, the negation of all honesty, the destruction of all art…” more »

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A J. K. Huysmans Schnippet

“Well, it is all over now. Like a tide-race, the waves of human mediocrity are rising to the heavens and will engulf this refuge…” more »

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Another Calvino Schnippet

“Do people only hear and understand only what they know and have experienced? Does the story, once told, belong to the storyteller or the listener?” more »

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Italo Calvino Schnippet

““I speak and speak,” Marco says, “but the listener retains only the words he is expecting.” more »

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