Quotes and notes? Totes.
… bowed down by suffering and duties, beautiful in the midst of his misery, capable of loving in the faces of afflictions and trials, man finds his greatness, his fullest measure, only in the Kingdom of This World.
Alejo Carpentier, The Kingdom of This World
Millenium People, JG Ballard
The feeble-minded, the neurotic, the criminal, perhaps, also, the artist, have unpredictability and perverted innocence in common.
Truman Capote, Other Voices, Other Rooms
Under the lowering sky, in the humid atmosphere, the houses ooze black sweat and their ventilators breathe foul odours; the horror of life becomes more apparent and the grip of spleen more oppressive; a craving for filthy pleasures take hold, and the minds of respectable citizens are visited by criminal desires.
Against Nature, J. K. Huysmans