A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater.
I think that’s just how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.
Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or (via tranceend)
You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. Your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time.
Paul Valery (via likeafieldmouse)