Friday, 28 April 2017

Hell's Daily Bread

That irresistible impulse to be continuously doing the works of our earthly life, to pursue with a burning greed a vain and shadowy existence, may well be termed hell's daily bread. The evil desire alone is real—the sense that might lend it expression is dead. You have heard of Tantalus and Sisyphus—it may help you to conceive our state. All is illusion here, the very fire I told you of, raging in imagination merely—within us that is—and yet what an awful reality!

Letters from Hell, L. W. J. S., Richard Bentley & Son, London, 1889