Colin Wilson — English Writer born on June 26, 1931, died on December 05, 2013

Colin Henry Wilson was an English writer, philosopher and novelist. He also wrote widely on true crime, mysticism and the paranormal. Wilson called his philosophy "new existentialism" or "phenomenological existentialism", and maintained his life work was "that of a philosopher, and purpose to create a new and optimistic existentialism"... (wikipedia)

The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.
The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
Criminals interest me, because they're driven by the same desires as we are, but they take these disastrous shortcuts and end up in a real mess.
Whereas in the past optimism had been regarded as rather shallow - because 'oh well, it's just your temperament, you happen to be just a cheerful sort of person' - what I wanted to do was to establish that in fact it is the pessimists who are allowing all kinds of errors to creep into their work.
Being very famous is not the fun it sounds. It merely means you're being chased by a lot of people and you lose your privacy.