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    Norman Mailer
    “Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.”
    Norman Mailer

  • #2
    T.H. White
    “The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
    T.H. White, The Once and Future King

  • #3
    T.H. White
    “Education is experience, and the essence of experience is self-reliance.”
    T.H. White, The Once and Future King

  • #4
    Socrates
    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
    Socrates

  • #5
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #6
    Oscar Wilde
    “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

  • #7
    Mark Twain
    “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
    Mark Twain

  • #8
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Never laugh at live dragons.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien

  • #9
    Oscar Wilde
    “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #10
    Oscar Wilde
    “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    tags: sin

  • #11
    Mark Twain
    “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain

  • #12
    Aldous Huxley
    “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
    Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

  • #13
    John Lennon
    “I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?”
    John Lennon

  • #14
    Gore Vidal
    “As I looked back over my life, I realized that I enjoyed nothing--not art, not sex--more than going to the movies. ”
    Gore Vidal

  • #15
    Gore Vidal
    “The unfed mind devours itself.”
    Gore Vidal

  • #16
    Gore Vidal
    “No good deed goes unpunished”
    Gore Vidal

  • #17
    Gore Vidal
    “How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.”
    Gore Vidal, Julian

  • #18
    Norman Mailer
    “The writer can grow as a person or he can shrink. ... His curiosity, his reaction to life must not diminish. The fatal thing is to shrink, to be interested in less, sympathetic to less, desiccating to the point where life itself loses its flavor, and one’s passion for human understanding changes to weariness and distaste.”
    Norman Mailer

  • #19
    Norman Mailer
    “Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.”
    Norman Mailer

  • #20
    Neal Stephenson
    “To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.”
    Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

  • #21
    Neal Stephenson
    “He had some measure of the infuriating trait that causes a young man to be a nonconformist for its own sake and found that the surest way to shock most people, in those days, was to believe that some kinds of behavior were bad and others good, and that it was reasonable to live one's life accordingly.”
    Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

  • #22
    Neal Stephenson
    “Ninety-nine percent of everything that goes on in most Christian churches has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual religion. Intelligent people all notice this sooner or later, and they conclude that the entire one hundred percent is bullshit, which is why atheism is connected with being intelligent in people's minds.”
    Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

  • #23
    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

  • #24
    Neal Stephenson
    “She looked at me like I was crazy. Most of my lovers do, and that's partly why they love me, and partly why they leave”
    Neal Stephenson

  • #25
    Malcolm Gladwell
    “Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.”
    Malcolm Gladwell

  • #26
    Malcolm Gladwell
    “Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.”
    Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

  • #27
    Dave Barry
    “When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy. ”
    Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns Fifty

  • #28
    Dave Barry
    “A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.”
    Dave Barry

  • #29
    Dave Barry
    “People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.”
    Dave Barry

  • #30
    Dave Barry
    “Don't you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don't even have to be true!”
    Dave Barry



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