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    Frank Herbert
    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #2
    Frank Herbert
    “Confine yourself to observing and you always miss the point of your life. The object can be stated this way: Live the best life you can. Life is a game whose rules you learn if you leap into it and play it to the hilt. Otherwise, you are caught off balance, continually surprised by the shifting play. Non-players often whine and complain that luck always passes them by. They refuse to see that they can create some of their own luck.
    Darwi Odrade - Chapterhouse: Dune”
    Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

  • #3
    William Gibson
    “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
    William Gibson, Neuromancer

  • #4
    William Gibson
    “The street finds its own uses for things.”
    William Gibson

  • #5
    William Gibson
    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.

    The Economist, December 4, 2003
    William Gibson

  • #6
    Neal Stephenson
    “Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Colombian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, and devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad.”
    Neal Stephenson

  • #7
    Neal Stephenson
    “Let's set the existence-of-God issue aside for a later volume, and just stipulate that in some way, self-replicating organisms came into existence on this planet and immediately began trying to get rid of each other, either by spamming their environments with rough copies of themselves, or by more direct means which hardly need to be belabored. Most of them failed, and their genetic legacy was erased from the universe forever, but a few found some way to survive and to propagate.”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

  • #8
    Richard Rhodes
    “Before it is science and career, before it is livelihood, before even it is family or love, freedom is sound sleep and safety to notice the play of morning sun.”
    Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • #9
    David Brin
    “Where subtlety fails us we must simply make do with cream pies.”
    David Brin, The Uplift War
    tags: humor

  • #10
    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

  • #11
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “He dug so deeply into her sentiments that in search of interest he found love, because by trying to make her love him he ended up falling in love with her. Petra Cotes, for her part, loved him more and more as she felt his love increasing, and that was how in the ripeness of autumn she began to believe once more in the youthful superstition that poverty was the servitude of love. Both looked back then on the wild revelry, the gaudy wealth, and the unbridled fornication as an annoyance and they lamented that it had cost them so much of their lives to find the paradise of shared solitude. Madly in love after so many years of sterile complicity, they enjoyed the miracle of living each other as much at the table as in bed, and they grew to be so happy that even when they were two worn-out people they kept on blooming like little children and playing together like dogs.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • #12
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • #13
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “The world must be all fucked up," he said then, "when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.”
    Gabriel García Márquez

  • #14
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “What does he say?' he asked.
    'He’s very sad,’ Úrsula answered, ‘because he thinks that you’re going to die.'
    'Tell him,' the colonel said, smiling, 'that a person doesn’t die when he should but when he can.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • #15
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons

  • #16
    Salman Rushdie
    “A poet's work . . . to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”
    Salman Rushdie

  • #17
    Salman Rushdie
    “Such were the factors that detached Ormus Cama from the ordinary ties of family life. The ties that strangle us, which we call love. Because of the loosening of these ties he became, with all the attendant pain of such becoming, free.
    But love is what we want, not freedom. Who then is the unluckier man? The beloved, who is given his heart's desire and must forever after fear its loss, or the free man, with his unlooked-for liberty, naked and alone between the captive armies of the earth?”
    Salman Rushdie

  • #18
    Salman Rushdie
    “When a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced."

    [Books vs. Goons, L.A. Times, April 24, 2005]”
    Salman Rushdie

  • #19
    Salman Rushdie
    “We were language's magpies by nature, stealing whatever sounded bright and shiny.”
    Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

  • #20
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
    Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible

  • #21
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “Science is the only religion of mankind.”
    Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End

  • #22
    Arthur C. Clarke
    “Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.”
    Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • #23
    Horace
    “Carpe diem."

    (Odes: I.11)”
    Horace, The Odes of Horace

  • #24
    Horace
    “Ut haec ipsa qui non sentiat deorum vim habere is nihil omnino sensurus esse videatur."

    If any man cannot feel the power of God when he looks upon the stars, then I doubt whether he is capable of any feeling at all.”
    Horace

  • #25
    Horace
    “This is a fault common to singers that among their friends they were never inclined to sing when they were asked, unasked they never desist.”
    Horace

  • #26
    Juvenal
    “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who will watch the watchers?”
    Juvenal, The Sixteen Satires

  • #27
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
    Robert A. Heinlein
    tags: rah

  • #28
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, The Green Hills of Earth

  • #29
    Isaac Asimov
    “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
    Isaac Asimov, Foundation

  • #30
    Isaac Asimov
    “The first step in making rabbit stew is catching the rabbit.”
    Isaac Asimov
    tags: life



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