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512 pages, Hardcover
First published May 1, 2008
I only wish to discuss with you one possibility: Perhaps seeds of love are present in other places in the universe. We ought to encourage them to sprout and grow.
"That's a goal worth taking risks for."Yes, we can take risks.
"I have a dream that one day brilliant sunlight will illuminate the dark forest."
The sun was setting. Now only its tip was exposed beyond the distant mountains, as if the mountaintop was inset with a dazzling gemstone. Like the grass, the child running in the distance was bathed in the golden sunset.The sun will set soon. Isn't your child afraid?
"Of course she's not afraid. She knows that the sun will rise again tomorrow."
“Time is the one thing that can’t be stopped. Like a sharp blade, it silently cuts through hard and soft, constantly advancing. Nothing is capable of jolting it even the slightest bit, but it changes everything.”
“If I destroy you, what business is it of yours?”
"If I destroy you, what business is it of yours?"
"[...] two axioms for cosmic civilization. First, survival is the primary need of civilization. Second, civilization continuously grows and expands, but the total matter in the universe remains constant. [...] The universe is a black forest. Every civilization is an armed hunter stalking through the trees like a ghost, gently pushing aside branches that block the path and trying to tread without sound. Even breathing is done with care. The hunter has to be careful, because everywhere in the forest are stealthy hunters like him. If he finds other life - another hunter, an angel or a demon, a delicate infant or a tottering old man, a fairy or a demigod - there's only one thing he can do: open fire and eliminate them. In this forest, hell is other people. An eternal threat that any life that exposes its own existence will be swiftly wiped out. This is the picture of cosmic civilization. It's the explanation for the Fermi Paradox. [...] But in this dark forest, there's a stupid child called humanity, who has built a bonfire and is standing beside it shouting, 'Here I am! Here I am!' "Just few more days till the last book...
“I believe, not because I have any proof, but because it’s relatively safe: If there really is a God, then it’s right to believe in him. If there isn’t, then we don’t have anything to lose.”
“Right now, the greatest obstacle to humanity’s survival comes from itself.”You will find a new approach of the laws of physics in Liu Cixin's vision, one which will blow your mind and a lot of other genuine ideas.
"Right now, the greatest obstacle to humanity's survival comes from itself."
"Make time for civilization, for civilization won't make time."
"Darkness was the mother of life and civilization."