“Pleasing things: finding a large number of tales that one has not read before. Or acquiring the second volume of a tale whose first volume one has enjoyed. But often it is a disappointment.”
— Sei Shōnagon, The Pillow Book
The joy of love is too short, and the sorrow thereof, and what cometh thereof, dureth over long.
— Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur
William: Father, I am afraid, I won’t know the way back home.
John Thatcher: Don’t be foolish, William, you just follow your feet.
~ A Knight’s Tale
“Behind the masks of total choice, different forms of the same alienation confront each other.”
— Guy Debord
“Money, you think, is the sole motive to pains and hazard, deception and devilry, in this world. How much money did the devil make by gulling Eve?”
— Herman Melville,
“But this whole world is a preposterous one, with many preposterous people in it.”
— Herman Melville, Pierre: or, the Ambiguities
“Love is merely a madness.”
— William Shakespeare, As You Like It
“Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.”
— Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
“And now, Gawain: think.
Danger is yours to overcome
And this game brings you
Danger. Can this game be won?”
— Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Perle, plesaunte to prynces paye
To clanly clos in golde so clere,
Oute of Oryent, I hardyly saye,
Ne proved I never her precios pere.
— The Pearl, 1300s