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  • #1
    George R.R. Martin
    “The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.

    Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

    We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

    They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.”
    George R.R. Martin


  • #2
    George R.R. Martin
    “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”
    George R.R. Martin


  • #3
    Orson Scott Card
    “In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.”
    Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game


  • #4
    R.A. Salvatore
    “We are all dying, every moment that passes of every day. That is the inescapable truth of this existence. It is a truth that can paralyze us with fear, or one that can energize us with impatience, with the desire to explore and experience, with the hope- nay, the iron-will!- to find a memory in every action. To be alive, under sunshine, or starlight, in weather fair or stormy. To dance with every step, be they through gardens of flowers or through deep snows.”
    R.A. Salvatore


  • #5
    Mark Z. Danielewski
    “I still get nightmares. In fact, I get them so often I should be used to them by now. I'm not. No one ever really gets used to nightmares.”
    Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves


  • #6
    Christopher Moore
    “Nobody's perfect. Well, there was this one guy, but we killed him....”
    Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal


  • #7
    Christopher Moore

  • #8
    Christopher Moore
    “It's wildly irritating to have invented something as revolutionary as sarcasm, only to have it abused by amateurs.”
    Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal


  • #9
    George R.R. Martin
    “Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
    'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


  • #10
    George R.R. Martin
    “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


  • #11
    George R.R. Martin
    “What is honor compared to a woman's love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms . . . or the memory of a brother's smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


  • #12
    George R.R. Martin
    “Life is not a song, sweetling.
    Someday you may learn that, to your sorrow.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


  • #13
    Elie Wiesel
    “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”
    Elie Wiesel, Night


  • #14
    Elie Wiesel
    “To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
    Elie Wiesel, Night


  • #15
    Elie Wiesel
    “There is divine beauty in learning... To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.”
    Elie Wiesel


  • #16
    Lao Tzu
    “A leader is best
    When people barely know he exists
    Of a good leader, who talks little,
    When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
    They will say, “We did this ourselves.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


  • #17
    Irvin D. Yalom
    “Some day soon, perhaps in forty years, there will be no one alive who has ever known me. That's when I will be truly dead - when I exist in no one's memory. I thought a lot about how someone very old is the last living individual to have known some person or cluster of people. When that person dies, the whole cluster dies,too, vanishes from the living memory. I wonder who that person will be for me. Whose death will make me truly dead?”
    Irvin D. Yalom, Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy


  • #18
    Irvin D. Yalom
    “I think my quarry is illusion. I war against magic. I believe that, though illusion often cheers and comforts, it ultimately and invariably weakens and constricts the spirit.”
    Irvin D. Yalom, Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy


  • #19
    Richard Dawkins
    “Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can fuck off.

    Note: Dawkins was quoting a former editor of New Scientist Magazine, who is as yet unidentified (possibly Jeremy Webb)”
    Richard Dawkins


  • #20
    John Green
    “Without pain, how could we know joy?' This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


  • #21
    John Green
    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can't tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


  • #22
    John Green
    “There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


  • #23
    Richard Dawkins
    “Once again, I am sorry to take a sledgehammer to so small and fragile a nut, but I have to do so because more than 40 per cent of the American people believe literally in the story of Noah’s Ark.”
    Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution


  • #24
    Richard Dawkins
    “...when two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.”
    Richard Dawkins


  • #25
    Richard Dawkins
    “After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings.”
    Richard Dawkins


  • #26
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind


  • #27
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “It gets tiresome being spoken to as if you are a child, even if you happen to be one.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind


  • #28
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “Remember this, son, if you forget everything else. A poet is a musician who can't sing. Words have to find a man's mind before they can touch his heart, and some men's minds are woeful small targets. Music touches their hearts directly no matter how small or stubborn the mind of the man who listens.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind


  • #29
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “Owls are wise. They are careful and patient. Wisdom precludes boldness. That is why owls make poor heroes.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
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