Monsters

A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments.

— Nicholas Hilliard

I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.

— Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867

Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.

— Oscar Wilde

I have never seen a greater monster or miracle than myself.

— Michel Eyquem De Montaigne, 1533-1592

The sleep of reason breeds monsters.

— Goya

Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul…

— Horace Mann, 1796-1859

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

We wear masks of monsters and the dying while hiding from ourselves that we are, indeed, monsters and dying. We’re a funny old race.

— Steve Rasnic Tem, Halloween Street

The man who never alters his opinion is like the stagnant water and breeds Reptiles of the mind.

— William Blake

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