Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Imagination All Compact

"Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies towards melancholia." -- Aristotle

"The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact." -- Shakespeare

"Great wits are sure to madness near allied, / And thin partitions do their bounds divide." -- John Dryden

"People like me are aware of their so-called genius at ten, eight, nine. I always wonder, 'Why has nobody discovered me?' In school, didn't they see that I'm cleverer than anybody in this school? That the teachers are all stupid, too? That all they had was information that I didn't need? I got fuckin' lost being at high school. I used to say to me auntie, 'You throw my fuckin' poetry out and you'll regret it when I'm famous.' And she threw the bastard stuff out. I never forgave her for not treating me like a fuckin' genius, or whatever i was, when I was a child. It was obvious to me. Why didn't they put me in art school? Why didn't they train me? Why would they keep forcing me to be a fuckin' cowboy like the rest of them? I was different. I was always different. Why didn't anybody notice me? A couple teachers would notice me, encourage me to be something or other, to draw or paint, to express myself, but most of the time they were trying to beat me into being a fuckin' dentist or a teacher." -- John Lennon

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." -- Marilyn Monroe

"The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be." -- Edgar Allan Poe