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  • #1
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

  • #2
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    “Trout, incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds. Its fruit was diamonds. It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

  • #3
    Neil Gaiman
    “I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.

    I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

    I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

    I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.

    I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.

    I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

    I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

    I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

    I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too.

    I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

    I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
    Neil Gaiman, American Gods

  • #4
    Yann Martel
    “It's not atheists who get stuck in my caw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for awhile. We all must pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we... But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as means of transportation.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi

  • #5
    G.K. Chesterton
    “I am more than a devil; I am a man. I can do the one thing which Satan himself cannot do— I can die.”
    Chesterton G. K. (Gilbert Keith), The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

  • #6
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #7
    Neil Gaiman
    “Life is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.”
    Neil Gaiman

  • #8
    Douglas Adams
    “Don't Panic.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • #9
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “This is your life and its ending one moment at a time.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #10
    Ray Bradbury
    “There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #11
    Ray Bradbury
    “Have you ever watched the jet cars race on the boulevard?...I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly...If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He'd say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #12
    Oscar Wilde
    “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #13
    Oscar Wilde
    “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #14
    Oscar Wilde
    “Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #15
    Cory Doctorow
    “Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time-rich and cash-poor.”
    Cory Doctorow, Little Brother

  • #16
    Orson Scott Card
    “Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”
    Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

  • #17
    Orson Scott Card
    “Sometimes lies were more dependable than the truth.”
    Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

  • #18
    Jeff Lindsay
    “Anybody can be charming if they don't mind faking it, saying all the stupid, obvious, nauseating things that a conscience keeps most people from saying. Happily, I don't have a conscience. I say them.”
    Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

  • #19
    Neil Strauss
    “The strong live off the weak and the clever live off the strong.”
    Neil Strauss, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

  • #20
    Terry Pratchett
    “If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting 'All gods are bastards!”
    Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

  • #21
    Terry Pratchett
    “My name is immaterial,' she said.
    That's a pretty name,' said Rincewind.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

  • #22
    Terry Pratchett
    “It was all very well going on about pure logic and how the universe was ruled by logic and the harmony of numbers, but the plain fact of the matter was that the Disc was manifestly traversing space on the back of a giant turtle and the gods had a habit of going round to atheists' houses and smashing their windows.”
    Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic

  • #23
    Philip K. Dick
    “I never felt like that before. Maybe it could be depression, like you get. I can understand how you suffer now when you're depressed; I always thought you liked it and I thought you could have snapped yourself out any time, if not alone then by means of the mood organ. But when you get that depressed you don't care. Apathy, because you've lost a sense of worth. It doesn't matter whether you feel better because you have no worth.”
    Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

  • #24
    Neil Strauss
    “In life, people tend to wait for good things to come to them. And by waiting, they miss out. Usually, what you wish for doesn't fall in your lap; it falls somewhere nearby, and you have to recognize it, stand up, and put in the time and work it takes to get to it. This isn't because the universe is cruel. It's because the universe is smart. It has its own cat-string theory and knows we don't appreciate things that fall into our laps.”
    Neil Strauss, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

  • #25
    Terry Pratchett
    “She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don't apply to you.”
    Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

  • #26
    Terry Pratchett
    “Cutangle: While I'm still confused and uncertain, it's on a much higher plane, d'you see, and at least I know I'm bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe.

    Treatle: I hadn't looked at it like that, but you're absolutely right. He's really pushed back the boundaries of ignorance.

    They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary things.”
    Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

  • #27
    Terry Pratchett
    “...it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done.”
    Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

  • #28
    Terry Pratchett
    “Granny sighed. "You have learned something," she said, and thought it safe to insert a touch of sternness into her voice. "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”
    Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

  • #29
    Terry Pratchett
    “And what are you doing on it, I would like to know? Running away from home, yesno? If you were a boy I'd say are you going to seek your fortune?"
    "Can't girls seek their fortune?"
    "I think they're supposed to seek a boy with a fortune.”
    Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

  • #30
    Terry Pratchett
    “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”
    Terry Pratchett, Diggers



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