Insight Quotes

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“Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).”
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

Malcolm Gladwell
“Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Neil Gaiman
“CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.

MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.

CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.

MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.

CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.

MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed.

CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying.

MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing.

CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding... planet-cremating.

MORPHEUS: I am the Universe -- all things encompassing, all life embracing.

CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?

MORPHEUS: I am hope.”
Neil Gaiman, Preludes & Nocturnes

David Foster Wallace
“Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.”
David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Cassandra Clare
“She could ask for anything, she thought dizzily, anything--an end to pain or world hunger or disease, or for peace on earth. But then again, perhaps these things weren't in the power of angels to grant, or they would already have been granted. And perhaps people were supposed to find these things for themselves.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

Janet Fitch
“I imagined the lies the valedictorian was telling them right now. About the exciting future that lies ahead. I wish she'd tell them the truth: Half of you have gone as far in life as you're ever going to. Look around. It's all downhill from here. The rest of us will go a bit further, a steady job, a trip to Hawaii, or a move to Phoenix, Arizona, but out of fifteen hundred how many will do anything truly worthwhile, write a play, paint a painting that will hang in a gallery, find a cure for herpes? Two of us, maybe three? And how many will find true love? About the same. And enlightenment? Maybe one. The rest of us will make compromises, find excuses, someone or something to blame, and hold that over our hearts like a pendant on a chain.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Orhan Pamuk
“Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow. ”
Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red

Margaret Atwood
“How could I have been so ignorant? she thinks. So stupid, so unseeing, so given over to carelessness. But without such ignorance, such carelessness, how could we live? If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be as ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Geraldine Brooks
“To know a man's library is, in some measure, to know a man's mind.”
Geraldine Brooks, March

Azar Nafisi
“You don't read Gatsby, I said, to learn whether adultery is good or bad but to learn about how complicated issues such as adultery and fidelity and marriage are. A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed formulas about good and evil.”
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Michel de Montaigne
“I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.”
Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Gabrielle Zevin
“They had only ever discussed books but what, in this life, is more personal than books?”
Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

“Never give advice unless you have walked the walk, because anybody can talk the talk.”
Valencia Mackie

Patrick Rothfuss
“Denna is a wild thing," I explained. "Like a hind or a summer storm. If a storm blows down your house, or breaks a tree, you don't say the storm was mean. It was cruel. It acted according to its nature and something unfortunately was hurt. The same is true of Denna.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

Thomas Fuller
“A stumble may prevent a fall.”
Thomas Fuller

Shannon L. Alder
“The most intriguing people you will encounter in this life are the people who had insights about you, that you didn't know about yourself.”
Shannon L. Alder

Elbert Hubbard
“I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.”
Elbert Hubbard

Brian Greene
“Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding...”
Brian Greene

Graham Greene
“Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.”
Graham Greene

Paulo Coelho
“Break the glass, please, and free us from all these damned rules, from needing to find an explanation for everything, from doing only what others approve of.”
Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Marshall McLuhan
“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and
understanding.”
Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man

Natsuki Takaya
“Partings are the beginnings of new meetings.

Beginnings happen because there are endings.”
Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket, Vol. 22

David Levithan
“Her mind is an unquiet one, words and thoughts and impulses constantly crashing into each other.”
David Levithan, Every Day

“Emotion is ‘recognition’. When treasured moments are identified in the jungle of our personal history during a visual or aural encounter, we capture magic sparks from our past, arousing flashes of insight and revealing an inner flare. These instants of recognition may kindle enthralling emotion and fulfilling inspiration. (“Those journeys of love”)”
Erik Pevernagie

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms

Charles Baudelaire
“That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity—that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are an essential part and characteristic of beauty.”
Charles Baudelaire

Kenzaburō Ōe
“It takes a person of great care and insight to watch for any abnormality in the green grass even while it grows abundantly and healthily.”
Kenzaburō Ōe, Hiroshima Notes

Margaret Overton
“Everything can change in a heartbeat; it can slip away in an instant. Everything you trust, and treasure, whatever brings you comfort, comes at a terrible cost. Health is temporary; money disappears. Safety is nothing big an illusion. 

So when the moment comes, and everything you depend upon changes, or perhaps someone you love disappears, or no longer loves you, must disaster follow? Or will you-somehow-adapt?”
Margaret Overton

“As we walk down the steps to the unchartered rims of our life, we may become aware of unsuspected beacons we have ignored thus far, discover unsolved enigmas of our identity and so get insight into the undisclosed intricacies of our shared environment. ( "Only silence remained" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Kazuo Ishiguro
“Perhaps one day, all these conflicts will end, and it won't be because of great statesmen or churches or organisations like this one. It'll be because people have changed. They'll be like you, Puffin. More a mixture. So why not become a mongrel? It's healthy.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

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