A country which proposes to make use of modern war as an instrument of policy must possess a highly centralized, all-powerful executive, hence the absurdity of talking about the defense of democracy by force of arms. A democracy which makes or effectively prepares for modern scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic.

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Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.

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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. "Music at Night" 1931

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All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.

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An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.

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Art is one of the means whereby man seeks to redeem a life which is experienced as chaotic, senseless, and largely evil.

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At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.

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Chastity: the most unnatural of the sexual perversions.

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Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

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Death ? It?s the only thing we haven?t succeeded in completely vulgarizing. Eyeless in Gaza (1936)

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