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Five Short Novels of Stendhal by Stendhal
“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.”
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“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
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"At times it seems that my reading now only follows in the footsteps of my childhood bookishness. I remember a picture book of world civilisations that included drawings of monumental earthworks from pre-Columbian north-America.

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Bill Bryson
“Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life's quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result -- eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly -- in you.”
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

Edward Lear
“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon.”
Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat

Richard Ford
“Some people want to be bank presidents. Other people want to rob banks.”
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“Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare.”
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Madeleine L'Engle
“A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.”
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