There are two things which make it impossible to believe that this world is the successful work of an all-wise, all-good, and at the same time, all-powerful being; firstly, the misery which abounds in it everywhere; and secondly, the obvious imperfection of its highest product, man, who is a burlesque of what he should be.
The department of peace would take a more human approach to healing our society, looking not merely for ways we can destroy an enemy, but for more powerful ways to create new friends. while the state department engages in international diplomacy, there is no domestic parallel. there is no department seeking to harness the power of a nonviolent heart.
You wrote this right? he said. it tells how to defeat set. thoth unfolded the papyrus pages. oh, dear. i hate reading my old work. look at this sentence. i’d never write it that way now. he patted his lab coat pockets. red pen—does anyone have one? isis chafed against my willpower, insisting that we blast some sense into thoth. one fireball, she pleaded. just one enormous magical fireball? i couldn’t say i was tempted, but i kept her under control. since when does drool make you powerful?
Life, as we find it, is too hard for us; it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures... There are perhaps three such measures: powerful deflections, which cause us to make light of our misery; substitutive satisfactions, which diminish it; and intoxicating substances, which make us insensible to it.
So often with beginning writers, the story that they want to start with is the most important story of their life - my molestation, my this, my horrible drug addiction - they want to tell that most important story, and they don't have the skills to tell it yet, so it ends up becoming a comedy. A powerful story told poorly becomes funny, it just makes people laugh behind their hands.
One of the greatest things i've ever seen happen was the morning i opened the newspaper and it said that some very powerful government officials had decided to change the name of french fries to freedoom fries and french toast to freedom toast. It was impressive. I wanted to write a letter to them just to thank them, just for proving globally that they were absolute imbeciles.
The question of crime is one of concern to everybody. But the position is that the security forces in our country for the last four decades did not concentrate on suppressing crime. Their main objective was to suppress, to crush political activity. And in the process, crime grew to unacceptable proportions. And criminals were able to form powerful syndicates, and they virtually took over the control of the life of the community in certain areas.