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Dealing in Dust

[First published in PhotoStatic #37, August, 1989.]

"The world is in the strictest sense asleep, with rare intervals and spots of awareness. It is almost the sleep of the insect or animal world."

--Wyndham Lewis

"We are warned not to waste our time, but we are brought up to waste our lives."

--Eric Hoffer

"Dull trots the crowd below, do not disturb it!

Why stab the jelly-fish or cut the weed?"

--Stefan George

"We haven't a culture, so we are reduced to making culture internal."

--Evelyn Waugh

"Every man has a right to fulfill his own will without being afraid that it may interfere with that of others; for if he is in his proper place, it is the fault of others if they interfere with him."

--Aleister Crowley

"Being a god is the quality of being able to be yourself to such an extent that your passions correspond to the forces of the universe."

--Roger Zelazny

"Gods and beasts, that is what our world is made of."

--Adolf Hitler

"Of no other epoch in the history of our own species have we records and fragments stamped so vividly with the image of the divinity of man."

--Percy Shelley (speaking of ancient Greece)

"Genius is an extravagant manifestation of the body."

--Arthur Cravan

"Think with the blood."

--D. H. Lawrence

"It's only the blood that counts."

--Louis-Ferdinand Celine

"Nature is and remains essentially aristocratic and punishes implacably all attempts upon the purity of the blood."

--Ludwig Buchner

"Nature know no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence."

--Luc de Varvenargues

"We savor power not when we move mountains and tell rivers whither to flow, but when we can turn men into objects, robots, puppets, automats, or veritable animals. Power is the power to dehumanize."

--Eric Hoffer

"Every destructive pleasure is creative pleasure."

--Mikhail Bakunin

"I think the destructive element is too much neglected in art."

--Piet Mondrian

"Art can be naught but violence, cruelty, and injustice."

--Filippo Marinetti

"Art is inhuman. So we must be prepared to sacrifice all humans to it!"

--Herwarth Walden

"We spit on humanity."

--Tristan Tzara

"Total assault on the culture."

--Slogan of the 1960s

"War is the father of all things."

--Karl Haushofer

"The greater the horror gets, the louder the laughter becomes."

--Hugo Ball

"We are the laughing morticians of the present."

--Nathanael West

"We are all deep in a hell each moment of which is a miracle."

--E. M. Cioran

"The twentieth century has given us a most simple touchstone for reality: physical pain."

Czeslaw Milosz

"We haunt a ruined century."

--John le Carre

"Never apologize, never explain."

--Benjamin Jowett

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law."

--Aleister Crowley

"What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done?"

--Sherlock Holmes

"The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never again escape from it."

--Adolf Hitler

"[Fictional characters] are not creations, but puppets. You can be as exterior to them, and live their life as little, as the showman grasping from beneath and working about in a Polichinelle. They are only shadows of energy, not living beings."

--Wyndham Lewis

"Man is a symbol. So is an object, or a drawing. Penetrate beneath the outward message of the symbol, or you will put yourself to sleep."

Khwaja Pulad of Erivan

"The world is in the strictest sense asleep, with rare intervals and spots of awareness. It is almost the sleep of the insect or animal world."

--Wyndham Lewis


"How many of you know what's important?"

--Stuart Little

"What is to be done?"


--Thomas Wiloch