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Dan Fagin
“A simple pecking order has always characterized mankind's relationship to waste: The wealthy throw out what they do not want, the poor scavenge what they can, and whatever remains is left to rot.”
Dan Fagin, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Julian Barnes
“This is what those who haven’t crossed the tropic of grief often fail to understand: the fact that someone is dead may mean that they are not alive, but doesn’t mean that they do not exist.”
Julian Barnes, Levels of Life

S.L. Bhyrappa
“प्रत्येक वाईट परंपरेला आपला जुना-पुराणा धर्मच कारणीभूत आहे, असं पावसाळ्यातल्या बेडकांप्रमाणे डराव-डराव करून सांगणाऱ्या आमच्या बुद्धिजीवींना खरा इतिहास ठाऊक तरी आहे का? युरोपमध्ये यंत्रयुग आलं, त्यांनी मोठाली जहाजं बांधली आणि ते आपल्या धर्माच्या प्रचारासाठी नव्या नव्या खंडांचे शोध लावत निघाले. मुद्रणकलेचा शोध लावून ज्ञानप्रसार करू लागले. त्या वेळी संपूर्ण भारतावर मुस्लिमांचं राज्य होतं ना? देशातली सगळी संपत्ती आपल्या जनान्यावर उधळत ते केवळ भोग घेत आयुष्य जगत होते, देशातील स्थानिक लोकांचं धर्मांतर करत होते, त्यांची देवळंच नष्ट करत होते असं नव्हे, नालंदा-तक्षशीलासारख्या ज्ञानकेंद्रांनाही धुळीला मिळवत होते. विद्वानांना भोसकून ठार करत होते, देशोधडीला लावत होते. तिथली ग्रंथसंपदा जाळून खाक करत होते. भारताच्या मागासलेपणाचं खापर कधी काळच्या धर्मपरंपरेवर फोडून त्याचाच प्रचार करण्यापेक्षा गेल्या हजार वर्षांमध्ये हा देश सर्व अर्थानं पौरुषहीन करणाऱ्यांचा उल्लेखही का केला जात नाही?”
S.L. Bhyrappa, आवरण [Awaran]

Julian Barnes
“When we killed – or exiled – God, we also killed ourselves. Did we notice that sufficiently at the time? No God, no afterlife, no us. We were right to kill Him, of course, this long-standing imaginary friend of ours. And we weren’t going to get an afterlife anyway. But we sawed off the branch we were sitting on. And the view from there, from that height – even if it was only the illusion of a view – wasn’t so bad.”
Julian Barnes, Levels of Life

S.L. Bhyrappa
“The act of concealing truth is known as ‘aavarana’, and that of projecting untruth is called ‘vikshepa’. When these occur at the level of an individual, it is known as ‘avidya’ and when they occur at the level of a group or the world, it is known as ‘maya’.”
S.L. Bhyrappa, Aavarana: The Veil

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