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Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

Doris Lessing

What of it? If I die, I die. It will be no great loss to the world, and I am thoroughly bored with life. I am like a man yawning at a ball; the only reason he does not go home to bed is that his carriage has not arrived yet.

Mikhail Lermontov

We’ve all had our moments of weakness, and if we manage to get through today without any, we’ll be sure to have some tomorrow.

José Saramago

The language of mathematics differs from that of everyday life, because it is essentially a rationally planned language.

Lancelot Hogben

I am an absurd idealist. But I believe that all that must come true. For, unless it comes true, the world will be laid desolate. And I believe that it can come true. I believe that, by the grace of God, men will awake presently and be men again, and colour and laughter and splendid living will return to a grey civilisation. But that will only come true because a few men will believe in it, and fight for it, and fight in its name against everything that sneers and snarls at that ideal.

Leslie Charteris

And must I, perchance, like careful writers, guard myself against the conclusions of my readers?

Djuna Barnes

My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do you suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others! 

Marquis de Sade

The only way to write is well and how you do it is your own damn business.

A.J. Liebling

It’s always wonderful when something altogether wrong ends right, without the help of either religion or the police.

Ludwig Bemelmans

The American army,” said the Prince of Candia, “has the sweet, warm smell of a blond woman.”

“You’re very kind,” said Colonel Jack Hamilton.

Curzio Malaparte