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  • #1
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “If you could fly to France in one minute, you could go straight into the sunset, right from noon. Unfortunately, France is too far away for that. But on your tiny planet, my little prince, all you need do is move your chair a few steps. You can see the day end and the twilight falling whenever you like...
    "One day," you said to me, "I saw the sunset forty-four times!"
    And a little later you added:
    "You know -- one loves the sunset, when one is so sad..."
    "Were you so sad, then?" I asked, "on the day of the forty-four sunsets?"
    But the little prince made no reply.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  • #2
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    “The night had fallen. I had let my tools drop from my hands. Of what moment now was my hammer, my bolt, or thirst, or death? On one star, one planet, my planet, the Earth, there was a little prince to be comforted. I took him in my arms, and rocked him. I said to him:
    "The flower that you love is not in danger. I will draw you a muzzle for your sheep. I will draw you a railing to put around your flower. I will --"
    I did not know what to say to him. I felt awkward and blundering. I did not know how I could reach him, where I could overtake him and go on hand in hand with him once more.
    It is such a secret place, the land of tears.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

  • #3
    Ray Bradbury
    “The Men of Earth came to Mars. They came because they were afraid or unafraid, because they were happy or unhappy, because they felt like Pilgrims or did not feel like Pilgrims. There was a reason for each man. They were leaving bad wives or bad towns; they were coming to find something or leave something or get something, to dig up something or bury something or leave something alone. They were coming with small dreams or large dreams or none at all...it was not unusual that the first men were few. The numbers grew steadily in proportion to the census of Earth Men already on Mars. There was comfort in numbers. But the first Lonely Ones had to stand by themselves...”
    Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles

  • #4
    H.G. Wells
    “It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.”
    H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

  • #5
    William Shakespeare
    “Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
    Love can transpose to form and dignity.
    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
    And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
    Nor hath Love's mind of any judgment taste;
    Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.”
    William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
    tags: love

  • #6
    William Shakespeare
    “And yet,to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”
    William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
    tags: love

  • #7
    Colin Thubron
    “Once, at the dreaming dawn of history -- before the world was categorized and regulated by mortal minds, before solid boundaries formed between the mortal world and any other -- fairies roamed freely among men, and the two races knew each other well. Yet the knowing was never straightforward, and the adventures that mortals and fairies had together were fraught with uncertainty, for fairies and humans were alien to each other.”
    Colin Thubron, Fairies and Elves

  • #8
    Lewis Carroll
    “Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!"

    Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland And Through The Looking Glass

  • #9
    Tom Robbins
    “The uncle ignored Gracie's father. 'In any event,' he went on, 'when brewers combine hops with yeast and grain and water, and allow the mixture to ferment -- to rot -- it magically produces an elixir so gassy with blue-collar cheer, so regal with glints of gold, so titillating with potential mischief, so triumphantly refreshing, that it seizes the soul and thrusts it toward that ethereal plateau where, to paraphrase Baudelaire, all human whimsies float and merge.”
    Tom Robbins, B Is for Beer

  • #10
    Tom Robbins
    “As you are surely aware, our planet is turning on its axis around and around in space. It turns slowly, however, making one complete rotation only every twenty-four hours; and that's a good thing -- isn't it? -- because if our world turned as fast as Gracie's room appeared to be turning, the sun would be either rising or setting every fifteen minutes, astronomers would be as woozy as rodeo clowns, and it'd be nearly impossible to keep our meatballs from rolling out of our spaghetti.”
    Tom Robbins, B Is for Beer

  • #11
    Kate Chopin
    “She turned her face seaward to gather in an impression of space and solitude, which the vast expanse of water, meeting and melting with the moonlit sky, conveyed to her excited fancy. As she swam she seemed to be reaching out for the unlimited in which to lose herself.”
    Kate Chopin, The Awakening

  • #12
    J.M. Barrie
    “She was a lovely lady, with a romantic mind and such a sweet mocking mouth. Her romantic mind was like the tiny boxes, one within the other, that come from the puzzling East, however many you discover there is always one more; and her sweet mocking mouth had one kiss on it that Wendy could never get, though there it was, perfectly conspicuous in the right-hand corner.”
    J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

  • #13
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “If God existed (a question concerning which Jubal maintained a meticulous intellectual neutrality) and if He desired to be worshiped (a proposition which Jubal found inherently improbable but conceivably possible in the dim light of his own ignorance), then (stipulating affirmatively both the above) it nevertheless seemed wildly unlikely to Jubal to the point of reductio ad absurdum that a God potent to shape galaxies would be titillated and swayed by the whoop-te-do nonsense the Fosterites offered Him as "worship.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

  • #14
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “The Universe was a silly place at best...but the least likely explanation for it was the no-explanation of random chance, the conceit that abstract somethings 'just happened' to be atoms that 'just happened' to get together in ways which 'just happened' to look like consistent laws and some configurations 'just happened' to possess self-awareness and that two 'just happened' to be the Man from Mars and a bald-headed old coot with Jubal inside.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

  • #15
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Take big bites. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  • #16
    J.M. Barrie
    “Tink was not all bad: or, rather, she was all bad just now, but, on the other hand, sometimes she was all good. Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they unfortunately have room for one feeling only at a time. They are, however, allowed to change, only it must be a complete change.”
    J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

  • #17
    George Eliot
    “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
    George Eliot

  • #18
    Paul Graham
    “It's important for nerds to realize, too, that school is not life. School is a strange, artificial thing, half sterile and half feral. It's all-encompassing, like life, but it isn't the real thing. It's only temporary, and if you look, you can see beyond it even while you're still in it.”
    Paul Graham, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

  • #19
    Ray Bradbury
    “Why is it," he said, one time, at the subway entrance, "I feel I've known you so many years?"
    "Because I like you," she said, "and I don't want anything from you.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #20
    Ray Bradbury
    “Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change. Don’t give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #21
    William Shakespeare
    “Mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes.”
    William Shakespeare

  • #22
    Gore Vidal
    “Love and hate are so confused in your savage minds and the vibrations of the one are so very like those of the other that I can't always distinguish. You see, we neither love nor hate in my world. We simply have hobbies.”
    Gore Vidal, Visit to a Small Planet and Other Television Plays

  • #23
    Augustine of Hippo
    “Once for all, then, a short precept is given thee: Love, and do what thou wilt: whether thou hold thy peace, through love hold thy peace; whether thou cry out, through love cry out; whether thou correct, through love correct; whether thou spare, through love do thou spare: let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good.”
    Augustine of Hippo, Homilies on the First Epistle of John

  • #24
    Neil Gaiman
    “Today, fantasy is, for better or for worse, just another genre, a place in a bookshop to find books that, too often, remind one of far too many other books; it is an irony, and not entirely a pleasant one, that what should be, by definition, the most imaginative of all types of literature has become so staid, and, too often, downright unimaginative.”
    Neil Gaiman



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