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  • #1
    Edward W. Said
    “My argument is that history is made by men and women, just as it can also be unmade and rewritten, always with various silence and elisions, always with shapes imposed and disfigurements tolerated.”
    Edward Said

  • #2
    William S. Burroughs
    “Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.”
    William S. Burroughs

  • #4
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

  • #5
    David Sedaris
    “Being locked up is one thing, but to have no concept of confinement, to be ignorant of its terms and never understand that struggle is useless - that's what hell must be like.”
    David Sedaris

  • #6
    David Sedaris
    “My hands tend to be full enough dealing with people who hate me for who I am. Concentrate too hard on the millions of people who hate you for what you are and you're likely to turn into one of those unkempt, sloppy dressers who sag beneath the weight of the two hundred political buttons they wear pinned to their coats and knapsacks.”
    David Sedaris

  • #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
    Neal Stephenson
    “Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

  • #9
    Stephen King
    “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  • #10
    William Shakespeare
    “Presume not that I am the thing I was.”
    William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

  • #11
    “Diplomacy frequently consists in soothingly saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you have a chance to pick up a rock.”
    Walter Trumbull

  • #13
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #14
    Jerome K. Jerome
    “I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
    Jerome K. Jerome

  • #15
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    “There is no safer. There’s not even safe, never has been.”
    Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

  • #16
    Bertolt Brecht
    “Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.”
    Bertolt Brecht

  • #17
    Stanley Kunitz
    “The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.”
    Stanley Kunitz

  • #18
    China Miéville
    “A trap is only a trap if you don't know about it. If you know about it, it's a challenge.”
    China Miéville, King Rat

  • #19
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination

  • #20
    Philip K. Dick
    “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”
    Philip K. Dick, VALIS

  • #21
    Warren Ellis
    “Wolves ate even mighty hunters, for there was no honor or code among predators, and everyone's guts steam the same way when torn open on a cold night.”
    Warren Ellis, Gun Machine

  • #22
    G. Willow Wilson
    “Look at all the Eastern writers who've written great Western literature. Kazuo Ishiguro. You'd never guess that The Remains of the Day or Never Let Me Go were written by a Japanese guy. But I can't think of anyone who's ever done the reverse-- any Westerner who's written great Eastern literature. Well, maybe if we count Lawrence Durrell - does the Alexandria Quartet qualify as Eastern literature?"
    "There is a very simple test," said Vikram. "Is it about bored, tired people having sex?"
    "Yes," said the convert, surprised.
    "Then it's western.”
    G. Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen

  • #23
    Steven Hall
    “A cat is a responsibility after all. And feeding and keeping and caring about a stupid fat cat isn't much, isn't much in the entirety of what counts for being a person and the huge range of what people do,but it is something. It is something and it's something that's warm and that I still have.”
    Steven Hall, The Raw Shark Texts

  • #24
    Neil Gaiman
    “A flash of resentment. It's hard enough being alive, trying to survive in the world and find your place in it, to do the things you need to do to get by, without wondering if the thing you just did, whatever it was, was worth someone having...if not died, then having given up her life. It wasn't fair. "Life's not fair," said Ginnie, as if I had spoken aloud.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • #25
    Neal Stephenson
    “Humans needed water or they would die, but dirty water killed as surely as thirst. You had to boil it before you drank it. This culture around tea was a way of tiptoeing along the knife edge between those two ways of dying.”
    Neal Stephenson, Reamde

  • #26
    Neal Stephenson
    “How could your cover be blown in Canada? Why even bother going dark there? How could you tell?”
    Neal Stephenson, Reamde

  • #27
    José Esteban Muñoz
    “The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalising rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of this moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds.”
    José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity