Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
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A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
This horrible stone entity was fashioned as if covered with a wrinkled hide it had short, erect ears, eyes starting from their sockets, and its fingers and hands were seizing the corners of its mouth, which they thus seemed to pull open to give free passage to the water it vomited.
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.
Always washing, and never getting finished.
The all-urging Will, raptly magnipotent.
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