"When a man conclusively exalts one woman, and one woman only, “above all others,” you can be pretty sure you are dealing with a misogynist. It frees him up for thinking the rest are shit."

— Martin Amis, House of Meetings (via talesofpassingtime)

"Or an indecent story, now—I could relish that. The older one grows the more one likes indecency."

— Virginia Woolf, Monday or Tuesday (via talesofpassingtime)

"One could not refuse him a measure of greatness, for he was unhappy in a way unknown to mediocre souls."

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"I prayed like a child, of course. I believe in children praying—well, women, too, but I rather think God expects men to be more self-reliant. I don’t hold with a man everlastingly bothering the Almighty with his silly troubles. It seems such cheek."

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"The young man learned to reflect, which is a destructive process, a reckoning of the cost. It is not the clear-sighted who lead the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm mental fog, which the pitiless cold blasts of the father’s analysis had blown away from the son."

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"For every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end."

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"He wasn’t capable of murder. He was certain of that. And, remembering suddenly the plain speeches of Mr. Jones, he would think: “I suppose I am too tame for that”—quite unaware that he had murdered the poor woman morally years ago. He was too unintelligent to have the notion of such a crime."

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"You’ve got so many days to live and you sell them one after another. Hey? Who can pay me enough for my life? Ay! But they throw at you your week’s money and expect you to say ‘thank you’ before you pick it up."

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"The differences for which men murder each other are, like everything else they do, the most contemptible, the most pitiful things to look back upon. No, I’ve never killed a man or loved a woman—not even in my thoughts, not even in my dreams."

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"So the men who wear masks are either jealous husbands who come to watch their wives, or husbands on the loose who do not wish to be watched by them — two situations equally ridiculous."

— Honore de Balzac, Esther Happy (via talesofpassingtime)

""Oh, the truth," she stammered, "the truth has nothing to do with literature," and sitting down she refused to say another word."

— Virginia Woolf, Monday or Tuesday (via talesofpassingtime)

"Philip knew very little about women, or he would have been aware that one should accept their most transparent lies."

— W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage (via talesofpassingtime)

"Ah, Davidson, woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love—and to put its trust in life!"

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"He swore a variety of strange oaths, some common, others quaintly horrible to Schomberg’s ears, and all mere innocent exclamations of wonder at the shifts and changes of human fortune."

— Joseph Conrad, Victory (via talesofpassingtime)

"In a speech that Joe followed only with difficulty, Simon declared that “cultural revolution” was more important than political revolution; that Bugs Bunny should be adopted as the symbol of anarchists everywhere; that Hoffman’s discovery of LSD in 1943 was a manifestation of direct intervention by God in human affairs; that the nomination of the boar hog Pigasus for President of the United States by the Yippies had been the most “transcendentally lucid” political act of the twentieth century; and that “mass orgies of pot-smoking and fucking, on every street-corner” was the most practical next step in liberating the world from tyranny."

— Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, The Eye in the Pyramid