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Thought Provoking Quotes

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Albert Einstein
“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”
Albert Einstein

Tom Hiddleston
“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”
Tom Hiddleston

Ransom Riggs
“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”
Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ocean Vuong
“You once told me that the human eye is god's loneliest creation. How so much of the world passes through the pupil and still it holds nothing. The eye, alone in its socket, doesn't even know there's another one, just like it, an inch away, just as hungry, as empty.”
Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Brian Selznick
“I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Carl Sagan
“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life’.”
Helen Exley

Sun Tzu
“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”
Sun Tzu

Haruki Murakami
“According to Aristophanes in Plato's The Banquet, in the ancient world of legend there were three types of people.
In ancient times people weren't simply male or female, but one of three types : male/male, male/female or female/female. In other words, each person was made out of the components of two people. Everyone was happy with this arrangment and never really gave it much thought. But then God took a knife and cut everyone in half, right down the middle. So after that the world was divided just into male and female, the upshot being that people spend their time running around trying to locate their missing half.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Criss Jami
“If love is blind, then maybe a blind person that loves has a greater understanding of it.”
Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

Maggie Nelson
“Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that.”
Maggie Nelson, Bluets

Alyson Noel
“But I've strayed so far from normal now, I'll never find my way back. And the truth is, I no longer want to.”
Alyson Noel, Saving Zoë

Richard P. Feynman
“So I have just one wish for you – the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.”
Richard P. Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a revery of long days and nights; destined finally to go out into that dirty gray turmoil to follow love and pride; a new generation dedicated more than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success; grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken...”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Steven Pinker
“Challenge a person's beliefs, and you challenge his dignity, standing, and power. And when those beliefs are based on nothing but faith, they are chronically fragile. No one gets upset about the belief that rocks fall down as opposed to up, because all sane people can see it with their own eyes. Not so for the belief that babies are born with original sin or that God exists in three persons or that Ali is the second-most divinely inspired man after Muhammad. When people organize their lives around these beliefs, and then learn of other people who seem to be doing just fine without them--or worse, who credibly rebut them--they are in danger of looking like fools. Since one cannot defend a belief based on faith by persuading skeptics it is true, the faithful are apt to react to unbelief with rage, and may try to eliminate that affront to everything that makes their lives meaningful.”
Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Chuck Palahniuk
“The voice says, maybe you don't go to hell for the things you do. Maybe you go to hell for the things you don't do. The things you don't finish.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

Jessica Park
“Normal people can become very annoying if put in annoying situations.”
Jessica Park, Flat-Out Love

Alyson Noel
“While we may judge things as good or bad, karma doesn't. It's a simple case of like gets like, the ultimate balancing act, nothing more, nothing less. And if you're deteremined to fix every situation you deem as bad, or difficult, or somehow unsavory, then you rob the person of their own chance to fix it, learn from it, or even grow from it. Some things, no matter how painful, happen for a reason. A reason you or I may not be able to grasp at first sight, not without knowing a person's entire life story—their cumulative past. And to just barge in and interfere, no matter how well-intentioned, would be akin to robbing them of their journey. Something that's better not done.”
Alyson Noel, Shadowland

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Poor God, how often He is blamed for all the suffering in the
world. It’s like praising Satan for allowing all the good that happens.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Aldous Huxley
“Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”
Aldous Huxley, The Art of Seeing

Philip Pullman
“What work do I have to do then?" said Will, but went on at once, "No, on second thought, don't tell me. I shall decide what I do. If you say my work is fighting, or healing, or exploring, or whatever you might say, I'll always be thinking about it. And if I do end up doing that, I'll be resentful because it'll feel as if I didn't have a choice, and if I don't do it, I'll feel guilty because I should. Whatever I do, I will choose it, no one else.”
Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass

George R.R. Martin
“Some men think because they're afraid to do.”
George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

Jonathan Safran Foer
“If we were to one day encounter a form of life more powerful and intelligent than our own, and it regarded us as we regard fish, what would be our argument against being eaten?”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Carolee Dean
“Words are like people, I think. Put too many of them too close together and they cause trouble.”
Carolee Dean, Take Me There

Ruth Ozeki
“Information is a lot like water; it's hard to hold on to, and hard to keep from leaking away.”
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

“One thing you have to realize from now on is that it doesn't matter if this is a dream or not. Survival depends on what you do, not what you think.”
Rebecca McKinsey, Anterria

Susane Colasanti
“It's just like John Mayer says in "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room". When it's this bad, you have to get out or you'll get burned.”
Susane Colasanti, Waiting for You

Jodi Picoult
“When someone dies, it feels like the hole in your gum when a tooth falls out. You can chew, you can eat, you have plenty of other teeth, but your tongue keeps going back to that empty place, where all the nerves are still a little raw.”
Jodi Picoult, House Rules

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