-But the lower the monkey goes, the more you see his head.
-Yes, but it is still a monkey head.
-Yes, but that is better than a monkey ass.
-Everywhere I see character traits that I admire — a poetic take on things, a willingness to buck society and take risks, self-assertion — used to support a horrifying cruelty.
-Maybe that should teach you the truth of the old hermetic maxim — corruptio optima pessima. The corruption of the best is the worst.
-Maybe that should teach me the truth of the new hermetic maxim — perfectio pessima optima — the very best thing is to take what is lowest in human nature and perfect it.
-And that’s true too.