“I see whatever exists as good, death is to me like life, sin like holiness, wisdom like foolishness, everything has to be as it is, everything only requires my consent, only my willingness, my loving agreement, to be good for me, to do nothing but work for my benefit, to be unable to ever harm me. I have experienced on my body and on my soul that I needed sin very much, I needed lust, the desire for possessions, vanity, and needed the most shameful despair, in order to learn how to give up all resistance, in order to learn how to love the world, in order to stop comparing it to some world I wished, I imagined, some kind of perfection I had made up, but to leave it as it is and to love it and to enjoy being a part of it.”—Siddartha - Herman Hesse
1) If you enjoy it, that’s probably bad
2) If you enjoy it and didn’t pay for it, it’s definitely bad
3) If you enjoy it and someone else paid for it, that’s disgusting
4) If you enjoy it and it was paid for with public funds, it’s a scandal.
"One of the first things I noted was that although there were hundreds and even thousands of pornographic movies, they all had the same few half-witted story structures. Almost without exception they were manufactured in Los Angeles, with a cast of characters that soon became recognisable, no matter where in the world you were watching.
Indeed that was the chief comfort they offered. If you were lonely in a hotel room in Sydney or Amsterdam, there on the screen were the same old familiar few faces from the San Fernando Valley, the men with their improbably low foreheads and permanently puzzled expressions, the women with their enhanced lips and strangely rigid chests, as if wearing a tungsten basque internally.”
“The truth is I’ve never fooled anyone. I’ve let people fool themselves. They didn’t bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn’t argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.”—Marilyn Monroe (via littlemiss)
“I am not sad, he would repeat to himself over and over: I am not sad. As if he might one day convince himself, or fool himself, or convince others of it. The only thing worse than being sad is for others to know that you are sad.”—Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated) (via ataraxic)