"The mind is its own place, and in itself [c]an make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven."
— John Milton, Paradise Lost
"This you have to understand. There’s only one way to hurt a man who’s lost everything. Give him back something broken."
— Stephen R. Donaldson, The Wounded Land (1980)
"[W]hat we are witnessing is the inevitable break-up of linear time. Since it is a fragile abstraction at best, it is usually the first thing to go."
— Michael Moorcock, The War Amongst The Angels
"Certain things in your life matter to you because they’re important; your acts are certainly important to you, but for me, not a single thing is important any longer, neither my acts nor the acts of my fellow men. I go on living, though, because I have my will. Because I have tempered my will throughout my life until it’s neat and wholesome and now it doesn’t matter to me that nothing matters. My will controls the folly of my life."
— Carlos Castaneda, A Separate Reality (quoting Brujo don Juan)