The art of true heartbreak 0
Mar 3, 1859 9:08 PM
Often, I see men and women at night, pacing up and down the streets, contemplating the true meaning behind romance. When asked, they say “we were supposed to be forever,” “we were the perfect match,” “when did I go wrong?” What nonsense they say! Romance is never meant to last. There is no such thing as a “perfect match.” Those who say they are have only begun their first real romance. It can only be a matter of a few months before the man tires of the woman or the woman discovers her dissatisfaction and leaves the man. They regret the entire ordeal just to seek another partner just to repeat the same mistakes. But it is wrong to regret the ending of a romance. I believe that it is rather poetic, rather artistic to end a relationship in tragedy. The most lyrical of romances are those that end with devastating heartbreak, one which either leaves the man desperate and confused or the woman lost in a sea of emotion. Watching these alluring tragedies happen can be as pleasurable a... Read more

The past is the least of our worries 0
Dec 28, 1858 9:07 AM
I absolutely despise those who linger on the past. They often stick to the sorrows and sin that they have committed. They tend to reminisce, day and night, of their mistakes- how they could’ve made a single decision to change their past for the better. Frequently these mistakes were not in their control- but their minds are only filled with regret. This should not be how one should spend their days. Life is always filled with many opportunities ahead, and sticking to the past should be the least of a person’s worries. One can never repeat an emotion, time traps you in the present, so why dwell on something you cannot change? To dwell is to regret, and to regret is to abandon the present and future leaving it untended and withering. It is miraculously easy to tell when one lost their youth. Once one loses their youth, their ideas become stuck in that single point of time. They complain of what they have lost, their youthfulness and personal value. They no longer seek the part... Read more

The luxury of life’s opportunities 0
Oct 17, 1858 4:07 PM
Life has many opportunities, I’ve noticed. I myself have indulged in much of what the ordinary man has access to: the best literature, art, and culture of the century. Life has given me some wonderful experiences, as it has for those who I am closest with too. I could not imagine a life without the terrible romances I have witnessed, the beautiful sonatas I have listened to, and the amazing literature that I have splurged upon. But instead on reaping the benefits the world has to offer, the common man is stuck in a continuous cycle. They dawdle, waiting for the interesting to come to them. They try hard to be ernest and swarm themselves with work, selling their lives away. What quality of existence is that? Is it even living? The most important reason of our existence is to experience. I often hear what the corrupt men on the streets mention. They mention how the worst way to live out one’s days is to waste it over art. What an honour it would be to ruin one’s life over somet... Read more

Beauty as a benchmark for value 0
Jun 30, 1858 8:06 PM
One factor is common in the forefront of all things in life: the young man discovering his true identity; the amazingly pure rose blossom growing in spring; the art of an artist at the peak of his career. It is something we can barely grasp, but we notice it without meaning. This commonality is the quality of physical beauty. And this quality defines the real character and true intentions hidden behind that object or person. The young man unearthing his real character shows this. He is at the peak of his life experience. His true beauty reflects his modern views and the great opportunities offered to him. He has the most handsome, least wrinkled of faces, this beauty admired by all. But as he starts to age, his character starts to deteriorate, as with his beauty. He no longer has the will to explore life, just as wrinkles begin to show on his face. His physical beauty is a reflection of his inner character. In times of spring, when flowers begin to grow throughout London, t... Read more

Youth and the time we’ve missed 2
Mar 20, 1858 12:34 PM
It is hard to disagree that one has the most potential to achieve during one’s youth when one’s cheeks glow, eyes glimmer with conviction, and when the body and mind are strong and flexible. It is also when one is in their most unweathered, beautiful state. There are thousands upon thousands of youth here in London, but will it always be so? Age will wrinkle and warp the body and age will decay the senses. So it is absolutely disheartening to witness youth being squandered helping the hopeless and listening to the ignorant. Wasting the gold of one’s days, it is the one true tragedy in the world. Youth is the climax of one’s life, with the majority afterwards chained to slow, relentless decay. If this always so, how time manipulates life, then why not make time jealous by drinking deeply of everything there is to do, to see, to feel? Otherwise, with time, one will realize that there are no further triumphs or adventures and they must be content until their final day knowing this.... Read more

Why self-denial of pleasure is wrong 1
Jan 12, 1858 11:04 AM
Pleasure is the only thing worth having a theory about. Besides, if the option is there, then why would nature allow it? It is the ones whom society deems to be the good that are the ones hurting the most. One who lives his entire life in self-denial of pleasure is only harming himself. They let themselves be balancing constantly on the edge of frustration, rather than letting themselves fall. It is utterly pointless to resist. One can invent a pleasure more easily than one can end a sorrow. Thus, one should take advantage of these pleasures, to enjoy them rather than reject them. No civilized man ever regrets a pleasure. They embrace it. I, for one, always adore simple pleasures. Pleasures purify one from one's sins. Resist it, and one's soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself. The mind will control one, rather than letting oneself control it. A cigarette is an example of a perfect pleasure. It never leaves one unsatisfied, and it is wonderfull... Read more

The agony of romance 3
Nov 18, 1857 7:31 PM
During my daily frequents to the pubs lined along the damp, dreary streets of London, I often witness bright young men, with rosy cheeks, slow their lives to a halt in the arduous pursuit of love, buying flowers and starving for the scent of someone they naively think they love. It is true that plain women are quite useful as they build a man’s reputation if they bother to take them to dine for a night. But otherwise, marriage and serious relationships of the sort, is the state in which men enter because they are exhausted of all their worth, and where the woman try their luck, but in truth, both are rather disappointed. Women are indeed the decorative sex. To put it plainly, the only thing they excel in is wringing all the joy out of a man’s life by boring them to depression, and even then, the onslaught continues. But of course, one must be careful to be kind to their lady. Because if not, they will be quite a nuisance when they beg other men for favors. “You shall alw... Read more

Why education is a fashionable lie 3
Sep 5, 1857 6:16 PM
Many of my fondest memories were formed during my time at Oxford. However, memories sitting in drab, crowded lecture halls, one should always forget. Therefore, It is quite baffling to see the fiery eagerness in the faces of ardent students, scurrying by the hundreds across campus, labouring for a degree that they will more often display than use. If I shall live to see philosophy or lettering remain engraved on polished hardcovers, then I shall be ashamed to be an Englishman. It is ingrained in modern culture to push those that lack the gifts of both beauty and genius, to fill their minds to the brim with rubbish in the silly hope that they will keep their place. To have the title of “scholar” is quite fashionable these days. The problem arises when the contents of these degrees, is not considered a prerequisite. The educated may be fashionable, but most live a fashionable lie. Children admire their fathers and are punished harshly when they misbehave. They are commanded to... Read more