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  • #1
    Christopher Hitchens
    “I understand in retrospect that this was my first introduction to a conflict that dominates all our lives: the endless, irreconcilable conflict between the values of Athens and Jerusalem. On the one hand, very approximately, is the world not of hedonism but of tolerance of the recognition that sex and love have their ironic and perverse dimensions. On the other is the stone-faced demand for continence, sacrifice, and conformity, and the devising of ever-crueler punishments for deviance, all invoked as if this very fanaticism did not give its whole game away.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

  • #2
    Haruki Murakami
    “You must not let fatigue set in," she warns. "That is what my mother said. Let your body work until it is spent, but keep your mind for yourself."
    "Good advice."
    "To tell the truth, I do not know this thing called 'mind', what it does or how to use it. It is only a word I have heard."
    "The mind is nothing you use," I say. "The mind is just there. It is like the wind. You simply feel its movements.”
    Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • #3
    George R.R. Martin
    “If a man paints a target on his chest, he should expect that sooner or later someone will loose an arrow on him.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

  • #4
    George R.R. Martin
    “You ought to see it when it blooms, all dark red flowers from horizon to horizon, like a see of blood. Come the dry season, and the world turns the color of old bronze. And this is only hranna, child. There are hundred kinds of grass out there, grasses as yellow as lemon and as dark as indigo, blue grasses and orange grasses and grasses as rainbows.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

  • #5
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    “I congratulate you people on being in the raging mainstream of the arts. It is commercial artists like myself who operate in the backwaters. I inhabit still, tepid waters clogged with dollar bills. I never see people. I've forgotten all about them.

    Guard yourself at all times. A lot of people believe that beauty is some kind of conspiracy -- along with friendly laughter and peace.

    Cheers --

    (Signed)

    Kurt Vonnegut”
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

  • #6
    Robert Bringhurst
    “Typographic style is founded not on any one technology of typesetting or printing, but on the primitive yet subtle craft of writing.”
    Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style

  • #7
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #8
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    “So It Goes”
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five

  • #9
    George R.R. Martin
    “Power resides only where men believe it resides. [...] A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”
    George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

  • #12
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Never trust anyone, Daniel, especially the people you admire. Those are the ones who will make you suffer the worst blows.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #14
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.”
    Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

  • #15
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    “In fact, the harder he tried, the more laughable his efforts turned out.”
    Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  • #16
    Haruki Murakami
    “Girls my age never use the word “fair”. Ordinary girls as young as I am are basically indifferent to whether things are fair or not. The central question for them is not whether something is fair but whether or not it’s beautiful or will make them happy. “Fair” is a man’s word, finally, but I can’t help feeling that it is also exactly the right word for me now.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #17
    Haruki Murakami
    “But if you peeled away the ornamental egos that she had built, there was only an abyss of nothingness and the intense thirst that came with it.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 #1-2

  • #18
    Haruki Murakami
    “Everyone may be ordinary, but they're not normal.”
    Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • #19
    Haruki Murakami
    “Kindness and a caring mind are two separate qualities. Kindness is manners. It is superficial custom, an acquired practice. Not so the mind. The mind is deeper, stronger, and, I believe, it is far more inconstant.”
    Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • #20
    Slavoj Žižek
    “Because the horror of Communism, Stalinism, is not that bad people do bad things — they always do. It's that good people do horrible things thinking they are doing something great."

    [Six Questions for Slavoj Žižek, Harper's Magazine, November 11, 2011]”
    Slavoj Žižek

  • #21
    Haruki Murakami
    “Why must you have this map?" she asks. "Even with a map, you will never leave this Town."
    She brushes away the bread crumbs that have fallen on her lap and looks toward the Pool.
    "Do you want to leave here?" she asks again.
    I shake my head. Do I mean this as a "no", or is it only that I do not know?
    "I just want to find out about the Town," I say. "The lay of the land, the history, the people, ... I want to know who made the rules, what has sway over us. I want even to know what lies beyond."
    She slowly rolls her head, then fixes upon my eyes. "There is no beyond," she says. "Did you not know? We are at the End of the World. We are here forever.”
    Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • #22
    Christopher Hitchens
    “The conventional word that is employed to describe tyranny is “systematic.” The true essence of a dictatorship is in fact not its regularity but its unpredictability and caprice; those who live under it must never be able to relax, must never be quite sure if they have followed the rules correctly or not. (The only rule of thumb was: whatever is not compulsory is forbidden.) Thus, the ruled can always be found to be in the wrong.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

  • #23
    Haruki Murakami
    “But Aomame could never smile easily, or casually, in front of people. When she forced it, she ended up with a tight sneer, which made others even more tense and uncomfortable. Tamaki was different: she had a natural, cheerful smile. People meeting her for the first time immediately felt friendly toward her. In the end, though, disappointment and despair drove Tamaki to take her own life, leaving Aomame – who couldn’t manage a decent smile – behind.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 BOOK 3

  • #24
    Haruki Murakami
    “You tell me there is no fighting or hatred or desire in the Town. That is a beautiful dream, and I do want your happiness. But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without despair or loss, there is no hope.”
    Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • #25
    Haruki Murakami
    “Do you really think you can read out my mind?" she asks me, face to face.
    "I think so," I say, wishing to convince myself. "There has to be a way."
    "It is like looking for lost drops of rain in a river."
    "You're wrong. The mind is not like raindrops. It does not lose itself among other things. If you believe in me at all, than believe this: I promise you I will find it. Everything depends on this."
    "I believe you," she whispers after a moment. "Please find my mind.”
    Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • #26
    Haruki Murakami
    “All imperfections are forced upon the imperfect, so the 'perfect' can live content and oblivious.”
    Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • #27
    Christopher Hitchens
    “A consciousness of rectitude can be a terrible thing, and in those days I didn’t just think that I was right: I thought that “we” (our group of International Socialists in particular) were being damn well proved right. If you have never yourself had the experience of feeling that you are yoked to the great steam engine of history, then allow me to inform you that the conviction is a very intoxicating one.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

  • #28
    Umberto Eco
    “People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.”
    Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery

  • #29
    Umberto Eco
    “You always want someone to hate in order to feel justified in your own misery. Hatred is the true primordial passion. It is love that’s abnormal. That is why Christ was killed: he spoke against nature. You don’t love someone for your whole life - that impossible hope is the source of adultery, matricide, betrayal of friends … But you can hate someone for your whole life - provided he’s always there to keep your hatred alive. Hatred warms the heart.”
    Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery

  • #30
    Shūichi Yoshida
    “There're too many people in the world like you," Yoshio said. "Too many people who don't have anyone they care about. Who think if they don't love anyone else then they're free to do whatever they want. They think they have nothing to lose, and that makes them stronger. If you have nothing to lose, there's nothing you really want, either. You're full of confidence, and look down on people who lose things, who want things, who are happy, or sad sometimes. But that's not the way things are. And it's just not right.”
    Shūichi Yoshida, Villain

  • #31
    Yann Martel
    “If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi

  • #32
    Neal Stephenson
    “Men who believe that they are accomplishing something by speaking speak in a different way from men who believe that speaking is a waste of time.”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

  • #33
    Neal Stephenson
    “You should be a billionaire, Randy.
    Thank god you're not."

    "Why do you say that?"

    "Oh, because then you'd be a highly intelligent man who never has to make difficult choices - who never has to exert his mind. It is a state much worse than being a moron.”
    Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon



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