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There are no happy endings. If you can accept this you are one step nearer to an unbearable freedom.

The rantings of atheists and scientists are often more revoltingly sickly sweet than those of religious types. All they’ve done is replace God with nature, and they try so hard to convince themselves and us how beautiful and glorious the world is; when in truth it’s a nightmare.

My aversion to effort becomes an almost writhing horror before all forms of violent effort. War, energetic and productive labour, helping others – all this strikes me as the product of an impertinence ….. Pessoa

There is something very unsatisfying associated with buying into temporarily happy states, a kind of dumb stupidity permissible in dogs and monkeys, but not human beings.

It’s such a mistake to try and lift ourselves out of misery. Misery is our ground state and we should savor it. Attempts to do away with misery will only result in temporary happiness, an unstable state that requires constant effort to maintain.

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