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  • #1
    Neal Stephenson
    “Two tires fly. Two Wail.
    A bamboo grove, all chopped down
    From it, warring songs.”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon


  • #2
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters


  • #3
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Diary


  • #4
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club


  • #5
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters


  • #6
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “The things you used to own, now they own you.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club


  • #7
    Neal Stephenson
    “Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.”
    Neal Stephenson


  • #8
    Neal Stephenson
    “The difference between stupid and intelligent people – and this is true whether or not they are well-educated – is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. ”
    Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age


  • #9
    Neal Stephenson
    “Let's set the existence-of-God issue aside for a later volume, and just stipulate that in some way, self-replicating organisms came into existence on this planet and immediately began trying to get rid of each other, either by spamming their environments with rough copies of themselves, or by more direct means which hardly need to be belabored. Most of them failed, and their genetic legacy was erased from the universe forever, but a few found some way to survive and to propagate.”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon


  • #10
    Neal Stephenson
    “Like every other creature on the face of the earth, Godfrey was, by birthright, a stupendous badass, albeit in the somewhat narrow technical sense that he could trace his ancestry back up a long line of slightly less highly evolved stupendous badasses to that first self-replicating gizmo---which, given the number and variety of its descendants, might justifiably be described as the most stupendous badass of all time. Everyone and everything that wasn't a stupendous badass was dead.”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon


  • #11
    Neal Stephenson
    “Show some fucking adaptability!”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon


  • #12
    Neal Stephenson
    “Ronald Reagan has a stack of three-by-five cards in his lap. He skids up a new one: "What advice do you, as the youngest American fighting man ever to win both the Navy Cross and the Silver Star, have for any young marines on their way to Guadalcanal?"

    Shaftoe doesn't have to think very long. The memories are still as fresh as last night's eleventh nighmare: ten plucky Nips in Suicide Charge!

    "Just kill the one with the sword first."

    "Ah," Reagan says, raising his waxed and penciled eyebrows, and cocking his pompadour in Shaftoe's direction. "Smarrrt--you target them because they're the officers, right?"

    "No, fuckhead!" Shaftoe yells. "You kill 'em because they've got fucking swords! You ever had anyone running at you waving a fucking sword?”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon


  • #13
    Neal Stephenson
    “Nell," the Constable continued, indicating through his tone of voice that the lesson was concluding, "the difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people—and this is true whether or not they are well-educated—is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations—in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward.”
    Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age


  • #14
    Orson Scott Card
    “This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.”
    Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead


  • #15
    Orson Scott Card
    “And enough for me that when my hand touched your shoulder, you leaned on me; and when you felt me slip away, you called my name.”
    Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind


  • #16
    Orson Scott Card
    “Remember, the enemy's gate is down.”
    Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game


  • #17
    Orson Scott Card
    “Ethan Wyeth: I hope you're thirsty."
    Gideon Wyeth:"Why?"
    Ethan: "Cause your dumb and ugly, but I can do something about thirsty.”
    Orson Scott Card


  • #18
    Orson Scott Card
    “Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.”
    Orson Scott Card, Alvin Journeyman


  • #19
    Isaac Asimov
    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation


  • #20
    Isaac Asimov
    “The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit.”
    Isaac Asimov
    tags: life


  • #21
    Isaac Asimov
    “Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.”
    Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind


  • #22
    Isaac Asimov
    “What I will be remembered for are the Foundation Trilogy and the Three Laws of Robotics. What I want to be remembered for is no one book, or no dozen books. Any single thing I have written can be paralleled or even surpassed by something someone else has done. However, my total corpus for quantity, quality and variety can be duplicated by no one else. That is what I want to be remembered for.”
    Isaac Asimov
    tags: books


  • #23
    Isaac Asimov
    “All the hundreds of millions of people who, in their time, believed the Earth was flat never succeeded in unrounding it by an inch.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #24
    Isaac Asimov
    “Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #25
    Isaac Asimov
    “Tell me why the stars do shine,
    Tell me why the ivy twines,
    Tell me what makes skies so blue,
    And I'll tell you why I love you.

    Nuclear fusion makes stars to shine,
    Tropisms make the ivy twine,
    Raleigh scattering make skies so blue,
    Testicular hormones are why I love you. ”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #26
    Isaac Asimov
    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation


  • #27
    Isaac Asimov
    “Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.”
    Isaac Asimov


  • #28
    Isaac Asimov
    “Do not forget that a traitor within our ranks, known to us, can do more harm to the enemy than a loyal man can do good to us.”
    Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky




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