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  • #1
    Alan Paton
    “We do not know, we do not know. We shall live from day to day, and put more locks on the doors, and get a fine fierce dog when the fine fierce bitch next door has pups, and hold on to our handbags more tenaciously; and the beauty of the trees by night, and the raptures of lovers under the stars, these things we shall forego. We shall forego the coming home drunken through the midnight streets, and the evening walk over the star-lit veld. We shall be careful, and knock this off our lives, and knock that off our lives, and hedge ourselves about with safety and precaution. And our lives will shrink, but they shall be the lives of superior beings; and we shall live with fear, but at least it will not be a fear of the unknown. And the conscience shall be thrust down; the light of life shall not be extinguished, but be put under a bushel, to be preserved for a generation that will live by it again, in some day not yet come; and how it will come, and when it will come, we shall not think about at all.”
    Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country

  • #2
    Philip Kerr
    “When you get a cat to catch the mice in your kitchen, you can't expect it to ignore the rats in the cellar.”
    Philip Kerr, March Violets

  • #3
    Joseph Conrad
    “The man who can't do most things and won't do the rest”
    Joseph Conrad, The Nigger of the Narcissus

  • #4
    Joseph Conrad
    “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”
    Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

  • #5
    Richard Matheson
    “Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.”
    Richard Matheson, I Am Legend

  • #6
    Mark Twain
    “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
    Mark Twain

  • #7
    William Shakespeare
    “I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!”
    William Shakespeare

  • #8
    Roald Dahl
    “So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”
    Roald Dahl

  • #9
    William Shakespeare
    “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
    William Shakespeare

  • #10
    Douglas Adams
    “So this is it," said Arthur, "We are going to die."
    "Yes," said Ford, "except... no! Wait a minute!" He suddenly lunged across the chamber at something behind Arthur's line of vision. "What's this switch?" he cried.
    "What? Where?" cried Arthur, twisting round.
    "No, I was only fooling," said Ford, "we are going to die after all.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • #11
    Douglas Adams
    “First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII — and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we've realized it's a brochure.”
    Douglas Adams

  • #12
    Richard Matheson
    “No, by God, he had no intention of going on like a blind man, plodding down a path of brainless, fruitless existence until old age or accident took him. Either he found the answer or he ditched the whole mess, life included.”
    Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories

  • #13
    Richard Matheson
    “Robert Neville looked out over the new people of the earth. He knew he did not belong to them; he knew that, like the vampires, he was anathema and black terror to be destroyed. And, abruptly, the concept came, amusing to him even in his pain. ... Full circle. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.”
    Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories

  • #14
    Richard Matheson
    “After a while, though, even the deepest sorrow faltered, even the most penetrating despair lost its scalpel edge.”
    Richard Matheson, I Am Legend and Other Stories

  • #15
    Raymond Chandler
    “It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark little clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.”
    Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

  • #16
    Richard Wright
    “Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.”
    Richard Wright, Native Son

  • #17
    Doris Lessing
    “There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
    Doris Lessing

  • #18
    Joseph Conrad
    “Never test another man by your own weakness.”
    Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim

  • #19
    Joseph Conrad
    “We can never cease to be ourselves.”
    Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent

  • #20
    Joseph Conrad
    “Art is long and life is short, and success is very far off.”
    Joseph Conrad

  • #21
    Joseph Conrad
    “And after some talk we agreed that the wisdom of rats had been grossly overrated, being in fact no greater than that of men.”
    Joseph Conrad, Youth

  • #22
    V.S. Naipaul
    “The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.”
    V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

  • #23
    V.S. Naipaul
    “After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities.”
    V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

  • #24
    V.S. Naipaul
    “It was as Nazruddin had said, when I asked him about visas and he had said that bank notes were better. 'You can always get into those places. What is hard is to get out. That is a private fight. Everybody has to find his own way.”
    V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

  • #25
    Mark Twain
    “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
    Mark Twain

  • #26
    Mark Twain
    “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”
    Mark Twain

  • #27
    George Orwell
    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
    George Orwell

  • #28
    David Brin
    “It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.”
    David Brin

  • #29
    Joe R. Lansdale
    “Hallowed be thy name, oh Lord -- and shotgun do your stuff”
    Joe R. Lansdale

  • #30
    Alan Paton
    “The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.”
    Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country



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