I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them
The gods had given me almost everything. But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease. . . .Tired of being on the heights, I deliberately went to the depths in search for new sensation. The paradox was to me in the sphere of thought, perversity became to me in the sphere of passion.
I grew careless of the lives of others.
I took pleasure where it pleased me, and passed on.
I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber, one has some day to cry aloud from the house-top.
I ceased to be lord over myself.
I was no longer the captain of my soul, and did not know it.
I allowed pleasure to dominate me.
I ended in horrible disgrace.
Always forgive your enemies--nothing annoys them so much.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
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