Colin Wilson Quotations

-What I was saying is that in modern civilisation there does not seem to be a place for those people I call outsiders. That is people too clever to fit into everyday society and accept the jobs that most people do, but not clever enough to be scientists and artists and create their own niche. Our society ignores these people and they need to be given a sense of solidarity – to feel they are not alone. That is why, when ‘The Outsider’ came out, I was snowed under with letters beginning, “Dear Mr. Wilson, I am an outsider…”

-Dr. Miller says we are pessimistic because life seems like a very bad, very screwed-up film. If you ask “What the hell is wrong with the projector?” and go up to the control room, you find it’s empty. You are the projectionist, and you should have been up there all the time.

-The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.

-The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.

-Modern civilization with its mechanized rigidity is producing more outsiders than ever before – people who are too intelligent to do some repetitive job but not intelligent {resourceful} enough to make their own terms with society
Colin Wilson