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    Jerry Spinelli
    “It's in the morning, for most of us. It's that time, those few seconds when we're coming out of sleep but we're not really awake yet. For those few seconds we're something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then...and then -- ah -- we open our eyes and the day is before us and ... we become ourselves.”
    Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

  • #2
    Stephen King
    “The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it's when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it's when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It's when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there's nothing there...”
    Stephen King

  • #3
    Stephen King
    “I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud. ”
    Stephen King

  • #4
    George Orwell
    “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #5
    J.D. Salinger
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #6
    J.D. Salinger
    “If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the "Fuck you" signs in the world. It's impossible.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #7
    William Golding
    “Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.”
    William Golding, Lord of the Flies

  • #8
    Virgil
    “flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo”
    Virgil, The Aeneid

  • #9
    Richard Dawkins
    “We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.We privileged few, who won the lottery of birth against all odds, how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state from which the vast majority have never stirred?”
    Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder

  • #10
    Richard Dawkins
    “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
    Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

  • #11
    Robert Jordan
    “Death is lighter than a feather. Duty, heavier than a mountain.”
    Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World

  • #12
    Frank Herbert
    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #13
    Stephen King
    “The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are things you get ashamed of, because words make them smaller. When they were in your head they were limitless; but when they come out they seem to be no bigger than normal things. But that's not all. The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried; they are clues that could guide your enemies to a prize they would love to steal. It's hard and painful for you to talk about these things ... and then people just look at you strangely. They haven't understood what you've said at all, or why you almost cried while you were saying it.”
    Stephen King, The Body

  • #14
    Stephen King
    “It seemed right to do it this way, because the rite of passage is a magic corridor and so we always provide an aisle - it's what you walk down when you get married, what they carry you down when you get buried. Our corridor was those twin rails, and we walked between them, just bopping along toward whatever this was supposed to mean.”
    Stephen King, The Body

  • #15
    Richard Dawkins
    “What shall it profit a male if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his immortal genes?”
    Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

  • #16
    Salman Rushdie
    “Children are the vessels into which adults pour their poison.”
    Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

  • #17
    Jerry A. Coyne
    “...supernatural explanations always mean the end of inquiry: that’s the way God wants it, end of story. Science, on the other hand, is never satisfied: our studies of the universe will continue until humans go extinct.”
    Jerry A. Coyne, Why Evolution Is True

  • #18
    Jerry A. Coyne
    “Now, science cannot completely exclude the possibility of supernatural explanation. It is possible - though very unlikely - that our whole world is controlled by elves.”
    Jerry A. Coyne, Why Evolution Is True

  • #19
    Mikhail Bulgakov
    “Manuscripts do not burn.”
    Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

  • #20
    Mikhail Bulgakov
    “But why don't you take him with you into the light?
    He does not deserve the light, he deserves peace”
    Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

  • #21
    Mikhail Bulgakov
    “Not fooling around, not bothering nobody, just sitting here mending the Primus," said the cat with a hostile frown, "and, moreover, I consider it my duty to warn you that the cat is an ancient, inviolable animal.”
    Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

  • #22
    Mikhail Bulgakov
    “You pronounced your words as if you don’t acknowledge the shadows, or the evil either. Would you be so kind as to give a little thought to the question of what your good would be doing if evil did not exist, and how the earth would look if the shadows were to disappear from it?”
    Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

  • #23
    Frank Herbert
    “Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous.”
    Frank Herbert

  • #24
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “A hundred suspicions don't make a proof.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #25
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #26
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #27
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #28
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

  • #29
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

  • #30
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness



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