One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will.
— Victor Hugo

The ugly is very appealing to man. It's instinct. One shrinks from the ugly, yet wants to look at it. There's a devilish fascination in it. We extract pleasure from horror.
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The only lesson to extract from any civil war is that it's pointless and futile and ugly, and that there is nothing glamorous or heroic about it. There are heroes, but the causes are never heroic.
— Anthony Minghella

The only happy talkers are dandies who extract pleasure from the very perishability of their material and who would not be able to tolerate the isolation of all other forms of composition; for most good talkers, when they have run down, are miserable; they know that they have betrayed themselves, that they have taken material which should have a life of its own, to dispense it in noises upon the air.
— Cyril Connolly

There surely is in human nature an inherent propensity to extract all the good out of all the evil.
— Benjamin Haydon