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Philosophy: impersonal anxiety; refuge among anemic ideas.
 

Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.
 

Pursued by our origins...we all are.
 

Reality is a creation of our excesses.
 

Reason is a whore, surviving by simulation, versatility, and shamelessness.
[Reason]
 

Revenge is not always sweet, once it is consummated we feel inferior to our victim.
 

Romanian Language: a mixture of sun and dung with all its nostalgic ugliness, language of an accession to disaster.
 

Russia - immensity and suffocation.
 

Schisms and heresies are nationalisms in disguise.
 

Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all.
 

Skepticism is the sadism of embittered souls.
 

So long as man is protected by madness, he functions, and flourishes.
 

Society : an inferno of saviors.
 

Society is not a disease, it is a disaster. What a stupid miracle that one can live in it.
 

Some have misfortunes; others, obsessions. Which are worse off?
 

Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
 

Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.
 

That history just unfolds, independently of a specified direction, of a goal, no one is willing to admit.
 

The "west" - what curse has fallen upon it that at the term of its trajectory it produces only these businessmen, these shopkeepers, these racketeers with their blank stares and atrophied smiles... is it with such vermin as this that a civilization so delicate and so complex must come to an end?
 

The appetite for torment is for some what the lure of gain is for others.
 


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