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  • I absolutely don't believe in anything. Full stop. Including luck.

  • It is easy to smile at an insult and pretend it's funny when the person insulting you is hosing you with money.

  • I'm good at reading people.

  • The real resistance now is to an art which forces its audience to recognize and accept imaginatively, in their nerve ends, not the facts of life but the facts of death and violence: absurd, random, gratuitous, unjustified, and inescapably part of the society we have created.

    Al Alvarez (2013). “The Savage God: A Study of Suicide”, p.283, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Despair, in short, seeks its own environment as surely as water finds its own level.

    Al Alvarez (2013). “The Savage God: A Study of Suicide”, p.118, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • No man kills himself unless there is something wrong with his life.

    Al Alvarez (2013). “The Savage God: A Study of Suicide”, p.116, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • When you make a bet, you're saying something.

  • When neither high purpose nor the categorical imperatives of religion will do, the only argument against suicide is life itself. You pause and attend: the heart beats in your chest; outside, the trees are thick with new leaves, a swallow dips over them, the light moves, people are going about their business.

    Al Alvarez (2013). “The Savage God: A Study of Suicide”, p.152, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Now, if, as I think, writing should be, it's a kind of risky trade.

  • The better the artist, the more vulnerable he seems to be.

    Al Alvarez (2013). “The Savage God: A Study of Suicide”, p.259, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • To put yourself into a situation where a mistake cannot necessarily be recouped, where the life you lose may be your own, clears the head wonderfully. It puts domestic problems back into proportion and adds an element of seriousness to your drab, routine life. Perhaps this is one reason why climbing has become increasingly hard as society has become increasingly, disproportionately, coddling.

    "Our enduring desire to court deadly risk" by Peter Beaumont, July 14, 2012.
  • In [The New Poetry] I had attacked the British poets' nervous preference for gentility above all else, and their avoidance of the uncomfortable, destructive truths both of the inner life and of the present time.

    Al Alvarez (2013). “The Savage God: A Study of Suicide”, p.40, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Hold'em is a game of calculated aggression. If your cards are good enough for you to call a bet, they are good enough to raise with.

  • Mass democracy, mass morality and the mass media thrive independently of the individual, who joins them only at the cost of at least a partial perversion of his instincts and insights. He pays for his social ease with what used to be called his soul - his discriminations, his uniqueness, his psychic energy, his self.

    Al Alvarez (2013). “The Savage God: A Study of Suicide”, p.274, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • I mean being a writer is like being a psychoanalyst, but you don't get any patients.

  • The point is that it looks like gambling because the language of the game is money.

  • Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable, in the coherence of the inchoate, and in its ability to create its own values.

    Art   Coherence   May  
  • Divorce transforms habit into drama.

  • Each sporadic burst of work, each minor success and disappointment, each moment of calm and relaxation, seemed merely a temporary halt on my steady descent through layer after layer of depression, like an elevator stopping for a moment on the way down to the basement.

  • Despite the hundreds of attempts, police terror and the concentration camps have proved to be more or less impossible subjects for the artist; since what happened in them was beyond the imagination, it was therefore also beyond art and all those human values on which art is traditionally based.

    Al Alvarez (2013). “The Savage God: A Study of Suicide”, p.271, Bloomsbury Publishing
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