There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
— Warren Buffett

The job of the poet is to render the world - to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.
Mark Van Doren perversion quote

Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous- to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.
— Thomas Mann

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
— Arthur Schopenhauer

Perversity is the muse of modern literature.
— perversion quotation by Susan Sontag