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Reading and sauntering and lounging and dosing, which I call thinking, is my supreme Happiness.

David Hume

Women are so enigmatical – some in everything – all in matters of the heart. Don’t they sometimes actually admire what is repulsive?… 

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Only when a book is written out of passion is there much hope of its being read with passion.

Jean Fritz

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