Quotation by Octave Mirbeau

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.
Octave Mirbeau (1850–1917), French journalist, author. "The Garden," ch. 9, The Torture Garden (1899).
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