Clark Ashton Smith

Paradoxes reveal the natural perversity of Truth.

A weeping woman, and the devil in sack-cloth and ashes, are both irresistable.

Hell is the only place where hypocrisy has no market-value: There must be a premium on it in Heaven.

The cant of the saint is sometimes equalled by the cant of the sinner.

Women themselves are deceived by the fiction of their own virtue. Man's virtue is a fiction that deceives nobody.

The devil would have been a hypocrite if he had remained in Heaven.

The sinfulness of sex was invented by a monk.

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