“I’ve found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much … because it’s the only thing that’ll make it stop hurting.”—Valentine Michael Smith in Stranger in a strange land (1961) by R.A. Heinlein
“She is so beautiful she is unnatural; her beauty is an abnormality, a deformity, for none of her features exhibit any of those touching imperfections that reconcile us to the imperfection of the human condition. Her beauty is a symptom of her disorder, of her soullessness.”—The Lady of the House of Love by Angela Carter (via wisa-wall)
"Do I take occultism seriously? It is a matter of how the term is
understood, but in the way I and many others understand it, yes, I take it very seriously. It is part of my life. But I do not have much
interest anymore into western traditions of ceremonial magic.
I do not find it necessary, or even desirable to have too much
properties and customs in the things I do. For me it is more a question of concentration and world view. It is in every second I live. And it is very much part of my artistic work too. They are bound together.
Esoteric thinking is, and I think it must be, some how scholastic, but for me it more about what is inside of me, and what has always been there.
I have found in occult tradition answers to questions I have had, and understood that this kind of inner work is a passage to the other dimension and the other world, which probably is also where I get many of my ideas. It is about the ever-going interaction and balancing between the inner and outer world, and understanding of “the world” and “me”. Basically all of this is the same. It is all together, and one.”