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Before the silver screen gem “American Psycho” gave finance bros delusions of grandeur about their coke habits, the book by Bret Easton Ellis gave a disturbing view into the life of the one and only Mr. Patrick Bateman.
While the book itself was set in the 1980s, I’ve assembled 10 of the more famous quotes with timely photos to prove that good literature and highly functioning sociopaths never go out of style.
1. “My conscience, my pity, my hopes disappeared a long time ago
(probably at Harvard) if they ever did exist.”
2. “All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it, I have now surpassed. I still, though, hold on to one single bleak truth: no one is safe,
nothing is redeemed. Yet I am blameless.”
3. “My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others.”
4. “But even after admitting this—and I have countless times, in just about every act I’ve committed—and coming face-to-face with these truths, there is no catharsis. I gain no deeper knowledge about myself, no new understanding can be extracted from my telling. There has been no reason for me to tell you any of this.
This confession has meant nothing….”
5. “I was simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human
being, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning.
Something horrible was happening and yet I couldn’t figure out why
– I couldn’t put my finger on it.”
6. “Where there was nature and earth, life and water,
I saw a desert landscape that was unending, resembling some sort of crater, so devoid
of reason and light and spirit that the mind could not grasp it on any sort of
conscious level and if you came close the mind would
reel backward, unable to take it in.”
7. “We buy balloons, we let them go.”
8. “And though the coldness I have always felt leaves me, the numbness doesn’t and probably never will. This relationship will probably lead to nothing…
this didn’t change anything.”
9. “But… what about us? What about the past?” she asks blankly.
“The past isn’t real. It’s just a dream,” I say. “Don’t mention the past.”
10. “Disintegration—I’m taking it in stride.”