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  • #1
    Charles Lamb
    “Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
    Charles Lamb, The Life, Letters and Writings of Charles Lamb

  • #2
    David Foster Wallace
    “I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

  • #3
    Robin Hobb
    “Death is not the opposite of life, but the opposite of choice.”
    Robin Hobb, Fool's Errand

  • #4
    Frank Zappa
    “So many books, so little time.”
    Frank Zappa

  • #5
    Milan Kundera
    “People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.”
    Milan Kundera

  • #6
    Terry Pratchett
    “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
    Terry Pratchett, Diggers

  • #7
    Stanisław Lem
    “We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is.”
    Stanisław Lem, Solaris

  • #8
    Stanisław Lem
    “The fate of a single man can be rich with significance, that of a few hundred less so, but the history of thousands and millions of men does not mean anything at all, in any adequate sense of the word.”
    Stanisław Lem, Solaris

  • #9
    Stanisław Lem
    “The only writers who have any peace are the ones who don't write. And there are some like that. They wallow in a sea of possibilities. To express a thought, you first have to limit it, and that means kill it. Every word I speak robs me of a thousand others, and every line I write means giving up another.”
    Stanisław Lem, Hospital of the Transfiguration

  • #10
    Emmett F. Fields
    “Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.”
    Emmett F. Fields

  • #11
    Terry Pratchett
    “And what would humans be without love?"
    RARE, said Death.”
    Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

  • #12
    Terry Pratchett
    “The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they've found it.”
    Terry Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment

  • #13
    Victor Hugo
    “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
    Victor Hugo, Hugo's Works: William Shakespeare

  • #14
    Oscar Wilde
    “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

  • #15
    Oscar Wilde
    “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #16
    Oscar Wilde
    “You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #17
    Brent Weeks
    “The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction—until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered—they connect with an audience—or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books—and thus what they count as literature—really tells you more about them than it does about the book.”
    Brent Weeks

  • #18
    Dr. Seuss
    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
    Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

  • #19
    Bertrand Russell
    “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
    Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

  • #20
    Thomas Paine
    “I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.”
    Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

  • #21
    Victor Hugo
    “No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.”
    Victor Hugo

  • #22
    Andrzej Sapkowski
    “People," Geralt turned his head, "like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.”
    Andrzej Sapkowski, The Last Wish

  • #23
    Brent Weeks
    “You will find no answers here, just choices.”
    Brent Weeks, The Way of Shadows
    tags: life

  • #24
    Douglas Adams
    “I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

  • #25
    Douglas Adams
    “My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.”
    Douglas Adams

  • #26
    Douglas Adams
    “I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting. But it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously.”
    Douglas Adams

  • #27
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #28
    Ginn Hale
    “Tell me." Edward had to raise his voice a little. "Do you live by the principle that what people don't know can't hurt them?"
    "No," Harper replied. "What people don't know can't hurt me.”
    Ginn Hale, Wicked Gentlemen

  • #29
    Madeleine Urban
    “Want a little cheese with that whine, maestro?”
    Madeleine Urban
    tags: funny

  • #30
    Helen Keller
    “The highest result of education is tolerance”
    Helen Keller