We have here the peculiarly American way of digesting Continental despair. It is nihilism with a happy ending.permalink source: Allan Bloom, Closing of the American Mind 147
I should have been a pair of ragged claws Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.permalink source: T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.permalink source: T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"
We who were living are now dying With a little patience.permalink source: T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land"
We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grasspermalink source: T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men"
Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadowpermalink source: T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men"
Between the conception And the creation Between the emotion And the response Falls the Shadowpermalink source: T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men"
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.permalink source: Allen Ginsberg, "Howl"
And always I was to be punished for my sins by my sins themselves, and to realize, at least obscurely, that I was being so punished and burn in the flames of my own hell, and rot in the hell of my own corrupt will until I was forced at last, by my own intense misery, to give up my own will.permalink source: Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain 155
We desire truth and find in ourselves nothing but uncertainty. We seek happiness and find only wretchedness and death. We are incapable of not desiring truth and happiness and incapable of certainty or happiness.permalink source: Pascal
Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, "Where have I gone wrong?" Then a voice says to me, "This is going to take more than one night."permalink source: Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown