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The universe appears to me like an immense, inexorable torture-garden. Passions, greed, hatred, and lies; law, social institutions, justice, love, glory, heroism, and religion: these are its monstrous flowers and its hideous instruments of eternal human suffering.

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Octave Henri Marie Mirbeau (February 16, 1848 February 16, 1917) was a French art critic and novelist.

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