Druid Psalms

David Cicerone

Campbell, United States

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18 × 24. Literary and artistic manifesto, based on William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell. Calligraphy—the lines read: A sober mind is a wasted mind. The only thing worse than being an idiot is being an intellectual. Devotion to self is the one eternal loyalty. The best reason for living is no reason. Man knows other by WHAT he ignores, himself by WHO he ignores. The only thing people think about is what other people think about them. We rebel best when we rebel against certainty. Controversy is the thinking man’s acclaim. Friendship is the one thing at which it is better to be good rather than great. Every new generation demands a new standard of destruction. There is a reason more potent than that of man—reason thus. To waste time is to waste talent. When given an inch of madness, take a mile. You must imagine more than it is possible for you to remember. Never be too stupid for suicide. Everyone is a genius all the time—it could be no other way. Morally bankrupt? Or just an extravagant spender? There is no right or wrong, there is only truth and untruth. Fifteen seconds of childhood is worth fifteen years of maturity. Literature is merely a record of everything a man has tried his hand at and failed. The name is half the character. The title is half the work. The art is in the edit. Great words are their own words of encouragement. Inspiration rots food for thought. Less genius artists; More genius parents. A man is never honest until he marries the wrong woman. A woman is never honest until her first divorce. Love first, love feast; love last, love least. All times are end times. The greatest talent is talent for the absurd. It is only because all things are inherently good that we ever notice anything wrong with them in the first place. Madness these lines may be—but oh! What madness!

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