„Someone needs to mention what may be lost.“
— Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
„What was life worth, anyway, if you had to sit around remembering not to mention this, that, and the other thing because someone else might be upset?“
— Fritz Leiber American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction 1910 - 1992
Chapter 11 (p. 116).
— Mike Murdock American televangelist 1946
— Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
Context: I understand that the word ‘occult’ means hidden, but surely that is not meant to be the final state of all this information, hidden forever. I don’t see why there is any need to further obscure things that are actually lucid and bright. Language and strange terminology – to keep them as some private mystery. I think there is too much darkness in magic. I can understand that it is part of the theatre. I can understand Aleister Crowley – who I think was a great intellect that was sometimes let down by his own flair for showmanship — but he did a lot to generate the scary aura of the magician that you find these sad, Crowleyite fucks making a fetish of. The ones who say ‘oh we’re into Aleister Crowley because he was the wickedest man in the world, and we’re also into Charles Manson because we’re bad. And we are middle-class as well, but we’re bad’. There are some people who seek evil – I don’t think there is such a thing as evil – but there are people who seek it as a kind of Goth thing. That just adds to the murk to what to me is a very lucid and flourescent subject. What occultism needs is someone to open the window, it’s too stuffy and it smells. Let’s get some fresh air, throw open the curtains – I can’t go for that posturing, spooky guy stuff. When they wanted me to do Fortean TV it became apparent that they wanted me to be Spooky Bloke. But I’m not actually trying to look spooky. I dress in black because it makes me look less fat, it’s as simple as that. It’s not a gothic flourish. I don’t want to be thought of as a figure of mystery or a master of the occult, surely this is about illumination, casting light on things. I’m an illuminist, that’d do for me.
„And as ridiculous as it may sound, sometimes all any of us needs in life is for someone to hold our hand and walk next to us.“
— James Frey, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible
„The man who was once starved may revenge himself upon the world not by stealing just once, or by stealing only what he needs, but by taking from the world an endless toll in payment of something irreplaceable, which is the lost faith.“
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
— Ludovico Ariosto Italian poet 1474 - 1533
Canto XXXII, stanza 102 (tr. B. Reynolds)
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
„If someone needs the "unusual" to be moved to astonishment, that person has lost the ability to respond rightly to the wondrous, the mirandum, of being. The hunger for the sensational, posing, as it may, in "bohemian garb," is an unmistakable sign of the loss of the true power of wonder, for a bourgeois-ized humanity.“
— Josef Pieper German philosopher 1904 - 1997
„It may be well to repeat here the saying that old men talk of what they have done, young men of what they are doing, and fools of what they expect to do. The Negro race has a rather large share of the last mentioned class.“
— Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro
„Where’s it leading to, freedom at what cost?
People needing more and more and it’s all getting lost“
— Cat Stevens British singer-songwriter 1948