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  • #1
    Terry Pratchett
    “Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.”
    Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

  • #2
    Richard Kadrey
    “I'll give you another example. The snake in the Garden of Eden?"
    "It was just a snake. Humanity's first real decision was to defy God. So was mine. That's the reason I make you uncomfortable. We're so much alike.”
    Richard Kadrey, Butcher Bird: A Novel of The Dominion

  • #3
    Rachel Kadish
    “The Grocery Checkout Proviso: The more things you care about, the more vulnerable you are. If you are part of that epicurean minority in this country that is still offended by violations of the English language, you will be slapped in the face every time you stand in line at the market. FIFTEEN ITEMS OR LESS. Caring passionately about grammar—caring passionately about anything most of humanity doesn’t care about—is like poking a giant hole in your life and letting the wind blow everything around.”
    Rachel Kadish, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story

  • #4
    Donna Tartt
    “Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn't. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”
    Donna Tartt, The Secret History

  • #5
    Virginia Woolf
    “The beauty of the world...has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #6
    Richard Kadrey
    “The place looks like where David Lynch would meet Beaver Cleaver's mom for secret afternoons of bondage and milkshakes.”
    Richard Kadrey, Aloha from Hell

  • #7
    “Dr. S didn’t notice. “Do you remember the cartoons of Rube Goldberg? An inventor of the most ludicrous contraptions. You know: a lever is pulled, causing a boot to kick a dog, whose bark motivates a hamster to run on a wheel which winds a pulley that raises a gate that releases a bowling ball and so on? Until, at the end, finally, the machine does something incredibly mundane, like making a piece of toast. Yes? Well, as it turns out, that’s the world. All these incredibly complex, inscrutably intertwined Rube Goldberg machines that can only be seen in retrospect when something happens.”
    Adam Felber, Schrödinger's Ball

  • #8
    Neil Gaiman
    “I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

  • #9
    Chuck Klosterman
    “Nine Inch Nails were the best and most popular industrial band of all time; as a consequence, industrial purists usually assert that Nine Inch Nails aren't an industrial band at all (this is a counterintuitive phenomenon that tends to occur with purists from all subcultures, musical or otherwise).”
    Chuck Klosterman

  • #10
    Lewis Black
    “Apparently there is no profit in the unique, or not enough to make it worthwhile to preserve. Ultimately it drains the life out of us, and existentialism starts to make more and more sense. ”
    Lewis Black, Nothing's Sacred

  • #11
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “If Someone wants a sheep, then that means that he exists.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • #12
    Roland Barthes
    “What pricks me is the discovery of this equivalence. In front of the photograph of my mother as a child, I tell myself: She is going to die: I shudder… over a catastrophe which has already occurred. Whether or not the subject is already dead, every photograph is this catastrophe.”
    Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

  • #13
    Marisha Pessl
    “Due to Jade's fortresslike manner, which, like any well-built castle, made access challenging, girls found her existence not only threatening but flat-out wrong. Although Bartelby Athletic Center featured the latest advertising campaign of Ms. Sturd's three member Benevolent Body-Image Club (laminated Vogue and Maxim covers above captions, “You Can't Have Thighs Like This and Still Walk" and "All Airbrushing"), Jade would only have to swan by, munching on a Snickers to reveal a disturbing truth: You could have thighs like that and still walk. She emphasized what few wanted to accept, that some people did win Trivial Pursuit: The Deity Looks Edition, and there wasn't a thing you could do about it, except come to terms with the fact that you'd only played Trivial Pursuit: John Doe Genes and come away with three pie pieces.”
    Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • #14
    Curtis Sittenfeld
    “Once I had asked, ‘But are you a Democrat or a Republican?” and Jonathan said, “I’m socially progressive but fiscally conservative,” and Doug Miles, a football player who also came to Sunday breakfast but only ever read the sports section and ignored everyone, lifted his head and said, “Is that like being bisexual?” Which I actually thought was funny, even though I was pretty sure Doug was a jerk.”
    Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep

  • #15
    Lisa Crystal Carver
    “In his attempt to graft my attributes onto his own belief system, one just would not take: my rabid feminism, which for me was the idea that no kind of sex is shameful and any kind of violence (including psychological, including societal mores) is. This is the unspoken reverse of American thinking in general, and of rich men in particular. I am often inappropriate. ”
    Lisa Crystal Carver

  • #16
    Marisha Pessl
    “It’s hard, in America, not to equate ‘happiness’ with ‘things’.”
    Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • #17
    Charles Baxter
    “The point is that although love may die, what is said on its behalf cannot be consumed by the passage of time, and forgiveness is everything.”
    Charles Baxter, The Soul Thief

  • #18
    Alan Bradley
    “I found a dead body in the cucumber patch,' I told them.

    'How very like you,' Ophelia said, and went on preening her eyebrows.”
    Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
    tags: humor

  • #19
    Chip Kidd
    “Never fall in love with an idea. They're whores: if the one you're with isn't doing the job, there's always, always, always another.”
    Chip Kidd, The Cheese Monkeys

  • #20
    Rachel Kadish
    “Books. People have no idea how beautiful books are. How they taste on your fingers. How bright everything is when you light it with words.”
    Rachel Kadish, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story
    tags: books

  • #21
    “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
    Sid Ziff

  • #22
    Quentin R. Bufogle
    “If you're gonna burn a bridge behind you, make sure you've crossed it first.”
    Quentin R. Bufogle

  • #23
    David Levithan
    “I hope that George doesn't internalize her scare tactics. I want to argue with her, tell her that "sins of the flesh" is just a control mechanism -- if you demonize a person's pleasure, then you can control his or her life. I can't say how many times this tool has been wielded against me, in a variety of forms. But I see no sin in a kiss. I only see sin in the condemnation.”
    David Levithan, Every Day

  • #24
    Roland Barthes
    “Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment gapes? In perversion (which is the realm of textual pleasure) there are no "erogenous zones" (a foolish expression, besides); it is intermittence, as psychoanalysis has so rightly stated, which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove and the sleeve); it is this flash itself which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance. ”
    Roland Barthes

  • #25
    Roland Barthes
    “I am simultaneously and contradictorily both happy and unhappy: 'to succeed' or 'to fail' have for me only ephemeral, contingent meanings (this does not stop my desires and sorrows from being violent ones); what impels me, secretly and obstinately, is not tactical: I accept and I affirm, irrespective of the true and the false, of success and failure; I am withdrawn from all finality, I live according to chance...”
    Roland Barthes

  • #26
    Richard Kadrey
    “Besides, do you think you would have come if I’d just popped into your tattoo shop one night around closing and
    said, ‘Hello, I’m the Prince of Darkness. Think you could help me out
    with a little war next Tuesday, say, sixish?”
    Richard Kadrey, Butcher Bird: A Novel of The Dominion

  • #27
    John Green
    “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #28
    John Green
    “I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is inprobably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observation of it-is temporary?”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #29
    Stephen Chbosky
    “And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it's enough. I really do because they've made me happy. And I'm only one person.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • #30
    Kevin Hearne
    “Druids were supposed to be forces of preservation, not destruction, and I could not dance around the fact that my stupid pride had turned me into a misbegotten cockwaffle.”
    Kevin Hearne, Tricked

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