"The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails they try to poison you. If this fails too the finish by loading honors on your head."
"The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to ones preconceived ideas. In the event one is always bewildered by their simplicity their grandeur of design and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them."
"Everything one does in life even love occurs in an express train racing toward death. To smoke opium is to get out of the train while it is still moving. It is to concern oneself with something other than life or death."