I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
November 24, 2012 - 12:17 a.m.
Normally I just link to Wise Madness entries that are exactly five or ten years old. Today I'm going to write a short entry about the entry from ten years ago. It is edition of Wise Madness that I have read the most times. It is perhaps the best. Why? I didn't write it. Carey did. I reread it because when I have self-doubts it makes me very happy to know that someone could care about me enough to write it. In Sirens of Titan the Malachi Constant is challenged to name one worthwhile thing about himself. He said, "I had a friend." If I'm put in that situation I can say that. You'll see it isn't hagiography. It is largely insults and silliness. The thing is you'll know what it really means. If you don't read it Carey will cry. I cry when I read it. So here it is, 50 fun facts about gordondondondondondondon .
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