A little cooling down of animal excitability and instinct, a little loss of animal toughness, a little irritable weakness and descent of the pain-threshold, will bring the worm at the core of all our usual springs of delight into full view, and turn us into melancholy metaphysicians.

— William James

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.

— Henry Miller

Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by the dozen.

— Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1553-1592

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