Claustrophobia- Quotes from This Side of Paradise


“To hold a man, a woman has to appeal to the worst in him.”

“…man in his hunger for faith will feed his mind on with the nearest and most convenient food.”

“Progress was a labyrinth…people plunging blindly in and then rushing wildly back, shouting that they had found it…the invisible king–the elan vital–the principle of evolution…writing a book, starting a war, founding a school…”

“He found something that he wanted, and always wanted and always would want–not to be admired, as he had feared; not to be loved, as he had made himself believe; but to be necessary to people, to be indispensable…”

“His problem is harder. It is not life that’s compliment, it’s the struggle to guide and control life. That is his struggle.”

“If the father can’t give him good physique, if the mother has spent in chasing men the years in which she should have been preparing herself to educate her children, so much worse for the child.”

“That however the brains and abilities of men may differ, their stomachs are essentially the same.”

“I loathed the army. I loathed business. I’m in love with change and I’ve killed my conscience—”

“… and suddenly out of the clear darkness the sound of bells. As an endless dream it went on; the spirit of the past brooding over a new generation, the chosen youth from the muddled, unchastened world, still fed romantically on the mistakes and half-forgotten dreams of dead statesmen and poets. Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a revery of long days and nights; destined finally to go into that dirty gray turmoil to follow love and pride; a new generation dedicated more than the last to fear poverty and the worship of success; grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken…” *****

“There was no God in his heart, he knew; his ideas were still in a riot; there was ever the pain of memory; the regret for his lost youth–yet the waters of disillusion had left a deposit on his soul, responsibility and a love of life, the faint stirring of old ambitions and unrealized dreams.”


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