Meaninglessness Quotes

"And what good does it do you to own the stars?"
"It does me the good of making me rich."
"And what good does it do you to be rich?"
"It makes it possible for me to buy more stars, if any are discovered."
"This man," the little prince said to himself, "reasons a little like my poor tippler...".

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Throw the first key into the sea of hate,
Throw the second key into the sea of fear,
Throw the third key into the sea of senselessness
And make the people hold each other's hands.
The fourth key belongs into the sea of greed,
And the fifth into the sea of ignorance,
Disease, disease, disease my friend,
For this whole world's in devil's hand.
Disease, disease, disease my friend,
Throw the key or you may die.

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I treated him. He was a complicated patient. He saw reality too clearly. Faulty denial mechanism, failed to block out the horrible truths of existence. In the end, his inability to push away the awful facts of "being-in-the-world" rendered his life meaningless, or as one great Hollywood producer said: "Too much reality is not what the people want". Sandy Bates suffered a depression common to many artists in middle age. In my latest paper for the Psychoanalytic Journal, I have named it, "Ozymandias Melancholia".

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