He was fond of them and, with his fundamental human vanity, unable to resist the easy pleasure of exercising his mental superiority to their dumbfounded amazement.
Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell to Earth
- “Each one of these prohibitions is the application in our human lives of some great Law of nature,-of some Law that governs in the Mental World as surely as does gravitation in the physical universe; and the whole might be described as a system of mental hygiene”
- “It was as if one of these people–he always thought of them as ‘these people,’ much as he had grown to like and to admire them–should find himself dealing with a group of very alert and resourceful chimpanzees.”
- “Luckily for the readers of Vanity Fair, it will be he who is to explain, month by month, to its card-loving subscribers the best way to combine pleasure with profit at Pirate Bridge. I must not encroach upon his province of scientific explanations, but I should like to point out six major advantages of the game of Pirate: First: You can–if you are clever–avoid tying yourself up with a tedious or idiotic partner. Second: The hands which will work best together tend to come together as partners. Third: Fewer final bids are set back, this shortening the duration–and bother–of every rubber. Fourth: Every player is playing for himself. Four individual scores are kept, all independent. Fifth: You may feel inclined to blame someone for ‘accepting’ you, when the hand goes wrong; but you are not tied to him for a rubber. Sixth: It is a first-rate game for the man who fancies his own individual play, and has many of the best elements of poker.”
- “‘evil’ for the Buddhist is that which brings suffering in its train; and how the world we live in, and the destiny we bear,-its meed of pleasure and of pain,-is made in the greater part of the mental Doing we inherit; just as the world a man inhabits in his dreaming is component in the main of the thoughts and actions of his daily life.”
- “Fond limbs with mine were intertwined, A hand lascivious fondled me; My ears grew deaf, my eyes grew blind, My tongue was hot from kisses free, Short madness, and we lazily Lolled back upon the bed of fire. I was a-weary — her desire Drew her upon me — Marion, fie! You work our pleasure till I tire: But we must part, and love must die.”