1. “Your wife has got to understand that no matter how much you love her, you’re a hunter, and your hunting is no threat to her. But no wife will ever understand that. No, no woman will ever understand her man.”
—The Book Of Laughter & Forgetting by Milan Kundera
2. “Don’t you see that a man’s whole personality is bound up with his income? His personality is his income. How can you be attractive to a girl when you’ve got not money? You can’t wear decent clothes, you can’t take her out to dinner or to the theatre or away for weekends, you can’t carry a cheery, interesting atmosphere with you. And it’s rot to say that kind of thing doesn’t matter. It does.”
—Keep The Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
3. “I am afriad that women appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated.”
—The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
4. “The curious little talent that I happen to possess—the ability to hypnotize a woman with words—very seldom lets me down. It is not, of course, done only with words. The words themselves, the innocuous, superficial words, are spoken only by the mouth, whereas the real message, the improper and exciting promise, comes from all the limbs and organs of the body, and is transmitted through the eyes. More than that I cannot honestly tell you about how it is done. The point is that it works. It works like cantharides. I believe that I could sit down opposite the Pope’s wife, if he had one, and within fifteen minutes, were I to try hard enough, she would be leaning toward me over the table with her lips apart and her eyes glazed with desire. It is a minor talent, not a great one, but I am nonetheless thankful to have had it bestowed upon me, and I have done my best at all times to see that it has not been wasted.”
—The Visitor by Roald Dahl
5. “At the time, I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowering overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it. I would have waited for birds to fly by or clouds to mingle, just as here I waited to see my lawyer’s ties and just as, in another world, I used to wait patiently until Saturday to hold Marie’s body in my arms. Now, as I think back on it, I wasn’t in a hollow tree trunk. There were others worse off than me. Anyway, it is one of Maman’s ideas, and she often repeated it, that after a while you could get used to anything.”
—The Stranger by Albert Camus
6. “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.”
—Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
7. “It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.”
—Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
8. “I am, as you may have gathered, a fairly resilient fellow. I explode when provoked, but I never brood about it afterwards. I scrub it out. There’s always another day. What’s more, nothing stimulates my mind so much as a whopping disaster. In the aftermath, in that period of deadly calm and absolute silence that follows the tempest, my brain becomes exceedingly active. As I sat drinking my whiskey during that terrible evening amidst the ruins, I was already beginning to ponder and plan my future all over again.”
—My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
9. “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like an Alp on the brains of the living.”
10. “The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.”
—The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
11. “And beneath his pessimism, his bleak conviction that all the machinery was rigged against him, at the bottom of his soul was a faith that he was going to outwit it, that by carefully watching the signs he was going to know when to dodge and be spared. It was fatalism with a loophole, and all you had to do to make it work was never miss a sign. Survival by coordination, as it were. The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who can see it coming and jump aside. Like a frog evading a shillelagh in a midnight marsh.”
—The Rum Diaries by Hunter S. Thompson
12. “Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
—The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
13. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
—Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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My favorite quotes are 1,5,7,12
Gonna have to read some of those works for sure
Number 13 stirres my heart, and I am only in college.
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Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a great book. Maybe Orwells best, but overlooked by critics.
Roosh, do you identify with Gordon Comstock?
-Bitches are all the same. I buy em nice clothes and take em to nice places to eat and shit, but no dough..no dough. When I got a bitch, I got a bitch.
-You can’t make a ho into a housewife. It’s unnatural and disturbs the balance of a man.
-I pay a ho to leave. Not to stay.
I find it very interesting that you quote Oscar Wilde. Seems quite telling to me…
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Nice collection of quotes. Keep it up, I’m always pleased to read hand selected thoughts from some of the great minds.
Orwell was the man. Also, for a quick read, The Stranger is a very powerful book.
Thanks for the stimulating quotes Roosh.
One usually has to read through lots of junk to find the rare thought-provoking material.
You quoted Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art. I recommend that to anyone struggling to manifest the full potential of his creative talent. If you buy it, be warned it is skimpy, often with one sentence per page, as I recall.
Way to go, Roosh
Is our ADD-ridden generation, a slap in the face of the beautiful secret mentioned in quote 4?
>3. “I am afriad that women appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated.”
—The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Very interesting quote, by one of the most intelligent and insightful men of the 19th century. Wilde was a prescient social observer. The fact that he was gay takes nothing from the power of his observations on women, in fact I believe it enhances their veracity, because only a gay man has the impartiality to see women as they truly are. Women cannot, and men will not.
The man who understands this observation by Wilde, and applies it, gains mastery with women.
More awesome Wilde quotes on women: http://www.abfition.com/oscar-wilde/women.htm
“Like a frog evading a shillelagh in a midnight marsh.” Classic HST. He’s the man.
These quotes are simply awesome. Its good other people have seen this way before.
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great collection of quotes mr Roosh.
gotta love Wilde’s observations, from that link @13:
“The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain.”
number 14: Rape is good. “No” means keep going.
Fuck Karl Marx!
Great selection of quotes, nice post
“You may remember the old Persian saying, ‘There is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.” – Sherlock Holmes.
My favorite quote:
“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”
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Thanks for the inspiration as we head into Fall, Roosh. I’m just about done reading my new paperback copy of Bang for the first time, and it’s been another great addition to my toolkit. I think we all know by now that you’re a talented writer, too.
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the Bradbury quote is my favorite.
Nice! I’m reading Dorian Grey..it’s scary to think of how incisive some gay men are…
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Good collection of quotes. I’m not familiar with any of them, which was cool. Oscar Wilde was a witty guy, I have a book of famous quotes and there are at least 15 said by him. My personal favorite is quote #12, words to live by.
My God, in a post about Mariana, the Brazilian girl, you’ve mentioned a thing about reading books to engage a conversation with women.
You certainly have done your share of works to get your way with women. It’s surprising how intelligence can work with some women.
The only problem I see with those quotes is that they’re all from professional writers, all Westerners, male, from the 19th or the 20th century, when nihilism and existentialism was being set in the Western literary world. A writer isn’t a mover-and-shaker, who deals with and overcomes the problems in the real world with the real people. It’s an epiphany I’ve had in college: who the hell are these people who doesn’t know a fuck about the real world talking like some brave soul about shit they don’t know anything about? They spent most of their professional lives couped up in a little room thinking about sentences and paragraphs.
Oscar Wilde, for all tough talks and misogynistic streaks, was bisexual in an extremely conservative era of Britain, and for all tough talks on women, he never put his money where his mouth is. Of course he had to hate women! he was a butt-fucker and he loved a man’s butt-hole far more than a woman’s tits and pussy!
I don’t have much respect for the professional writers who talk about what a man’s life is and/or should be, and what a woman should be: well, sport, until you live the act yourself, you don’t really qualify to talk about the shit you’re talking about.
Maybe it’s quite revealing about you that you didn’t pick a single quote from a non-writer, such as politicians, generals, entrepreneurs, and so on. An artistic streak in you, perhaps?
Nice Collection i really like it