“The excitement of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity”
A collection of some of the various thoughts, quotes, ideas, books, characters and so on that have inspired me over the years. Views in quotes not necessarily representative of my own.
‘It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them.’ – John Steinbeck, East of Eden
‘What is most important is that they interest us….Vitality is more important than virtue.’ – Sebastian Faulks, BBC Faulks on Fiction, episode 1 (“The Hero”)
‘Being an actor means there’s some kind of psychological hole inside of you regarding identity; the actor always feels happier when he’s dressed up’ – Rupert Everett
‘The more I study religion, the more I am convinced that Man has never worshipped anything but himself’ – Sir Richard Burton
Torture is normally reserved for that of which we are afraid most, and understand least
‘Humans are only intermittently rational, living mostly in realms of hope, fear, memory or fantasy, lost in the power of the imagination.’ – Polly Toynbee, Guardian, 16 February 2012