Neither Bloody Nor Bowed
They say of me, and so they should,
It’s doubtful if I come to good.
I see acquaintances and friends
And making enviable names
In science, art, and parlor games.
But I, despite expert advice,
Keep doing things I think are nice,
And though to good I never come-
Inseparable my nose and thumb!
-Dorothy Parker, “Not So Deep as a Well”
“I hope I need not confess that a large part of my stock in trade consists of platitudes rescued from the cobwebbed shelves of yesterday… This borrowing and refurbishing of shop-worn goods, as a matter of fact, is the invariable habit of traders in ideas, at all times and everywhere. It is not, however, that all the conceivable human notions have been thought out; it is simply, to be quite honest, that the sort of men who volunteer to think out new ones seldom, if ever, have wind enough for a full day’s work.”
-H.L. Menken, from “In Defense of Women”
“Writing is the one art form that really should allow you to hang yourself.”
- Peter Sotos, Void Books Interview
“To show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. I want the bad guys dead. No court case. No parole. No early release. I want ‘em dead. Get a gun and when they attack you, shoot ‘em.”
- Ted Nugent addressing the NRA
“The intent of sincere humanitarians is to do good to society, just as the intent of the child who kills a bird by to much fondling is to do good to the bird.”
- Vilfredo Pareto
“What can be more soothing, at once to a man’s Pride, and to his Conscience, than the conviction that, in taking vengeance on his enemies for injustice done him, he has simply to do them justice in return?”
-Edgar Allan Poe
“Health is ruined by the systematic duplicity forced on people if you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.”
- Boris Pasternack, “Dr. Zhivago”
“If Satanism strikes some as vicious and cruel, it is because the philosophy is designed for survival in a world that is itself vicious and cruel.”
- (unnammed author), The Cloven Hoof, Vol. IV, Number 6, July-august VII A.S., 1972
“I considered myself beyond atheism — I was Satan.”
- Malcolm X, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”
“Beer isn’t such a blessing to men
as it’s supposed to be;
the more you swallow, the less you stay
the master of your mind”
- selection from Havamal
“Out of kindness, we stopped the predators, and the deer herd expanded until it starved. Out of compassion we taught the primitives hygiene, and their death rate plummeted, their population exploded, and then famine. Out of empathy we sent food and taught them to live with other tribes under the same government. Again their population doubled, and famine set in with genocide. The scale of suffering had only been magnified by the hubris of liberals trying to do good.”
- Perry Lorenz
“Degenerates are not always criminals, prostitutes, anarchists and pronounced lunatics; they are often authors and artists”
-Max Nordau, “Degeneration”
“…I might continue to believe that there is no god even if it were proved that there is. A religious friend of mine once remarked that the concept of god is useful, because you can berate god during the bad times. But it is clear to me that I don’t need to believe there is a god in order to berate him.”
-Robert M. Sapolsky
“While love shuts down areas of the brain associated with judgment and reasoning by contrast those consumed with hate have very active reasoning facilities. It takes logic to figure out how to attack your enemy.”
- Randall Parker “Brain Scans Of People Full Of Hate Show Uniqe Hate Signature”
“Whence shall we expect the approach of danger? Shall some transatlantic giant step the earth and crush us at a blow? Never. All the armies of Europe and Asia could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track in the Blue Ridge in the trial of a thousand years. No, if destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever, or die by suicide.”
- Abraham Lincoln
“I made up my mind at once that my true and natural allegiance was to the Devil’s party, and it has been my firm belief ever since that all persons who devote themselves to forcing virtue on their fellow men deserve nothing better than kicks in the pants. Years later I put that belief into a proposition which I ventured to call Mencken’s Law, to wit:
Whenever A annoys or injures B on the pretense of saving or improving X, A is a scoundrel.
The moral theologians, unhappily, have paid no heed to this contribution to their science, and so Mencken’s Law must wait for recognition until the dawn of a more enlightened age.”
“Tears of strangers is but water.”
A curious reversal in the locus of moral concern has taken place: people feel responsible for everything except for what they do.
-Theodore Dalrymple, “Claiming a Right to Murder”; The Spectator; March 30, 1996
“‘I am up to my neck in souls.’ said Lucifer moodily.”
- Robert Nathan, The Innocent Eve
“It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
- C.S. Lewis
“The sentiment that is very inappropriately named equality is fresh, strong, alert, precisely because it is not, in fact, a sentiment of equality and is not related to any abstraction, as a few naive “intellectuals” still believe; but because it is related to the direct interests of individuals who are bent on escaping certain inequalities not in their favour, and setting up new inequalities that will be in their favour, this latter being their chief concern.”
-Vilfreda Pareto, “Treatise of General Sociology”
“I had a dream too, but it didn’t look a damn thing like this.”
“I have no patience with the hypothesis occasionally expressed, and often implied, especially in tales written to teach children to be good, that babies are born pretty much alike, and that the sole agencies in creating differences between boy and boy, and man and man, are steady application and moral effort. It is in the most unqualified manner that I object to pretensions of natural equality. The experiences of the nursery, the school, the University, and of professional careers, are a chain of proofs to the contrary.”
- Francis Galton, “Hereditary Genius”
“The worst foe of life is too much life”
- Pentti Linkola
“There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind…”
- introductory line to “Gone With The Wind”
“You see this here fish, June?” old Britches asked me one afternoon. “This here fish is called a sucker. It’s called sucker because it will swallow almost anything. There’s hundreds of thousands of these suckers, June, and most of them read travel books.”
I never forgot the lesson that he taught me.
-Corey Ford “I Learn Something About Sex”
“Nature is an unpleasing, stupid, lumpy, blowsy wench”.
- William Mortensen, “The Model”
“Lindoro gave full rein to his vulgar loquacity, interposing cant expressions, indecent retcences, shrewed revealing smiles, ambiguous gestures, little smackings of the tongue and lips.
He pimped artistically, he knew how to insinuate corruption into Giuliana’s mind, he knew how to draw prey slowly into Marcello’s trap. And Guiliana listened intently, with a growing flame in the depths of her eyes…”
- Gabrielle D’Annunzio, The Book of the Virgins
“Books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”
- John Milton “Aeropagitca”
“I hate everything which is not in myself.”
-Norman Mailer “The Naked and the Dead”
If you’re teaching a class, and you pronounce “yeller” in place of “yellow”, you can’t get too upset when you find your students failing English. When you pronounce the word “yeller” and your students are learning English for the first time, then there are serious problems.
“I have noted that the simpletons who squeal over the obscenity of modern literature and the simpletons who rush to the book stores to buy only obscenity are of the same lodge. They are both people whose normal stupidity is shocked by any deviation from the platitude in which their souls are buried. They are both creatures of malformed and boorish instincts which they have sugar-coated with ideals peculiar to all stupid, cowardly and dishonest natures.”
- Ben Hecht, “Broken Necks”, 1926
“The fact that I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake.”
- H.L. Mencken, “Minority Report”
“The stupidity of man results from his biophysico-chemical dependency. His mind is dependent upon his brain, and his brain is subject to chemistry rather than logic. He believes every conceivable absurdity because of the compulsion of his chemistry. Think of an absurdity! You can be certain that some man, somewhere, at some time believed it to be an eternal truth. Some people believe that the human nose was designed to bear spectacles, that pigs were created so than man can eat pork, that stars were created to beautify the firmament, that communism is the solution to man’s economic problems that man was created to worship God, and that prayer has the power to suspend the laws of nature. Millions of people believed that the burning of heretics at the stake was a loving service to God. Mohammedans believed that killing infidel Christians was the will of Allah, and Christians believed that killing infidel Mohammedans was the will of their God of Love. Human stupidity is not a matter of choice. It is a matter of physics and chemistry.”
-Gerald B. Lorentz “Homo and 44/100% Nonsapiens”
“Never write when you can talk. Never talk when you can nod. And never put anything in an e-mail.”
- Eliot Spitzer, New York state attorney general
“Is he [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then is he impotent.
Is he able but not willing? Then is he malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?”
“Skeptical conservatives—one of the Right’s less celebrated subcultures—are conservatives because of their skepticism, not in spite of it. They ground their ideas in rational thinking and (nonreligious) moral argument. And the conservative movement is crippling itself by leaning too heavily on religion to the exclusion of these temperamentally compatible allies.
Conservative atheists and agnostics support traditional American values. They believe in personal responsibility, self-reliance, and deferred gratification as the bedrock virtues of a prosperous society. They view marriage between a man and a woman as the surest way to raise stable, law-abiding children. They deplore the encroachments of the welfare state on matters best left to private effort.”
-Heather Mac Donald, The American Conservative
“Our world was brutal, immoral, smug and conventional. We had unbounded contempt for all those who did not sin as we sinned.”
-Jim Tully “Circus Parade”
“…my conviction is that God never existed. I believe the Bible was written by the slickest bunch of peckerwood grifters that ever crapped between two sandles”
- Iceberg Slim from his novel “Trick Baby”
“For me, the Church is the enemy.”
- Al Goldstein, Playboy interview, October 1974
“Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.”
- John Wayne in “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”