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    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


  • #2
    Neal Stephenson
    “I just saved your fucking life, Mom. . . . You could at least offer me an Oreo.”
    Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash


  • #3
    Neal Stephenson
    “Whenever serious and competent people need to get things done in the real world, all considerations of tradition and protocol fly out the window.”
    Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver


  • #4
    Neal Stephenson
    “That's funny because if anyone actually did prove the existence of God we'd just tell him 'nice proof, Fraa Bly' and start believing in God.”
    Neal Stephenson, Anathem


  • #5
    Neal Stephenson
    “...But they had, perversely, been living among people who were peering into the wrong end of the telescope, or something, and who had convinced themselves that the opposite was true - that the world had once been a splendid, orderly place...and that everything had been slowly, relentlessly falling apart ever since.”
    Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver


  • #6
    Neal Stephenson
    “But blasting the drummer into the river, though it would have been easy at this range, was not a good way to be inconspicuous.”
    Neal Stephenson, The System of the World


  • #7
    Mark Twain
    “I haven't any right to criticize books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
    Mark Twain


  • #8
    Jane Austen
    “I have not the pleasure of understanding you.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


  • #9
    Jane Austen
    “It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice




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