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10 ‘Thoughts for the Day’ you’ll never see on the Tube

Posted at 10:00 am, March 23, 2012 in Fun London

Despairing thought for the day. (Original photo: Annie Mole)

Every day, at stations like Oval, Angel and Clapham North, tube passengers are greeted by a whiteboard adorned with a morsel of uplifting wisdom. ‘Even a small star shines in the darkness’ reads one quoted proverb. ‘Men’s best successes come after their disappointments’ says another. If all that positivity is too much for you, here are 10 bleak messages that will probably never make it onto a TFL whiteboard (and might make you turn and go straight home if they did). Guy Parsons

‘The Nature of men and women – their essential nature – is so vile and despicable that if you were to portray a person as he really is, no one would believe you.’ — W Somerset Maugham

‘Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.’ – Nietzche

‘Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.’ – Chekhov

‘Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’ – Shakespeare

‘At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference. ‘ – Kierkegaard

‘There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.’ – Dostoevsky

‘How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!’ – Camus

‘All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure.’ – Sartre

‘When you’ve lost all your play, guess what love becomes. Work. Work that gets harder every hour.’ – Martin Amis

‘It is the hour to be drunken! To escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk.’  – Charles Baudelaire

(We like the Thoughts of the Day really. Ed)

Photo: Annie Mole.

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