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  • #1
    J.G. Ballard
    “I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.”
    J.G. Ballard

  • #2
    J.G. Ballard
    “Civilised life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us.”
    J.G. Ballard

  • #3
    William Makepeace Thackeray
    “Good humor may be said to be one of the very best articles of dress one can wear in society.”
    William Makepeace Thackeray, Sketches and Travels, Etc.

  • #4
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #5
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • #6
    John Sandford
    “Time passes, but sometimes it beats the shit out of you as it goes.”
    John Sandford, Easy Prey

  • #7
    Rudyard Kipling
    “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
    Rudyard Kipling

  • #8
    William Gibson
    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.

    The Economist, December 4, 2003
    William Gibson

  • #9
    Terry Pratchett
    “Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”
    Terry Pratchett, Jingo

  • #10
    Oscar Wilde
    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #11
    Gregory Maguire
    “People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us... It's people who claim that they're good, or any way better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.”
    Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

  • #12
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #13
    Dr. Seuss
    “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
    Dr. Seuss

  • #14
    Groucho Marx
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
    Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #15
    J.K. Rowling
    “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • #16
    Robin Cook
    “If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck!”
    Robin Cook, Crisis

  • #17
    Alan Bradley
    “As I stood outside in Cow Lane, it occurred to me that Heaven must be a place where the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

    No ... eight days a week.”
    Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • #18
    I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #19
    Oscar Wilde
    “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

  • #20
    Dylan Thomas
    “Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
    Dylan Thomas, In Country Sleep, and Other Poems

  • #21
    “The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”
    Malcolm Forbes

  • #22
    Michael Crichton
    “If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”
    Michael Crichton

  • #23
    Jean Kerr
    “Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself - like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.”
    Jean Kerr



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