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  • #1
    Gene Wolfe
    “We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given a coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and burdens of military life—they are soldiers from that moment, though they may know nothing of the management of arms. I did not know that then, but it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all.”
    Gene Wolfe, Shadow and Claw


  • #2
    Gene Wolfe
    “And it came to me that these trees had been hardly smaller when I was yet unborn, and had stood as they stood now when I was a child playing among the cypresses and peaceful tombs of our necropolis, and that they would stand yet, drinking in the light of the dying sun, even as now, when I had been dead as long as those who rested there. I saw how little it weighed on the scale of things whether I lived or died, though my life was precious to me. And of those two thoughts I forged a mood by which I stood ready to grasp each smallest chance to live, yet in which I cared not too much whether I saved myself or not. By that mood, as I think, I did live; it has been so good a friend to me that I have endeavored to wear it ever since, succeeding not always, but often.”
    Gene Wolfe, Shadow and Claw


  • #3
    George MacDonald
    “A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it.”
    George MacDonald


  • #4
    Miguel de Unamuno
    “That which the fascists hate, above all else, is intelligence.”
    Miguel de Unamuno


  • #5
    Miguel de Unamuno
    “Life is doubt,
    And faith without doubt is nothing but death.”
    Miguel de Unamuno


  • #6
    Miguel de Unamuno
    “Man is said to be a reasoning animal. I do not know why he has not been defined as an affective or feeling animal. Perhaps that which differentiates him from other animals is feeling rather than reason. More often I have seen a cat reason than laugh or weep. Perhaps it weeps or laughs inwardly — but then perhaps, also inwardly, the crab resolves equations of the second degree.”
    Miguel de Unamuno, Tragic Sense of Life


  • #7
    Epictetus
    “If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.”
    Epictetus


  • #8
    Epictetus
    “First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”
    Epictetus


  • #9
    Li Bai
    “To wash and rinse our souls of their age-old sorrows,
    We drained a hundred jugs of wine.
    A splendid night it was . . . .
    In the clear moonlight we were loath to go to bed,
    But at last drunkenness overtook us;
    And we laid ourselves down on the empty mountain,
    The earth for pillow, and the great heaven for coverlet”
    Li Bai


  • #10
    Oscar Wilde
    “Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.”
    Oscar Wilde


  • #11
    Susanna Clarke
    “But, though French, she was also very brave...”
    Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell


  • #12
    William Shakespeare
    “But virtue, as it never will be moved,
    Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven,
    So lust, though to a radiant angel linked,
    Will sate itself in a celestial bed
    And prey on garbage.”
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet


  • #13
    Gene Wolfe
    “If Thecla had symbolized love of which I felt myself undeserving, as I know now that she did, then did her symbolic force disappear when I locked the door of her cell behind me? That would be like saying that the writing of this book, over which I have labored for so many watches, will vanish in a blur of vermillion when I close it for the last time and dispatch it to the eternal library maintained by the old Ultan.
    The great question then, that I pondered as I watched the floating island with longing eyes and chafed at my bonds and cursed the hetman in my heart, is that of determining what these symbols mean in and of themselves. We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.”
    Gene Wolfe


  • #14
    George MacDonald
    “No story ever really ends, and I think I know why. ”
    George MacDonald


  • #15
    George MacDonald
    “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”
    George MacDonald




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