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Gene Wolfe
“What struck me on the beach–and it struck me indeed, so that I staggered as at a blow–was that if the Eternal Principle had rested in that curved thorn I had carried about my neck across so many leagues, and if it now rested in the new thorn (perhaps the same thorn) I had only now put there, then it might rest in everything, in every thorn in every bush, in every drop of water in the sea. The thorn was a sacred Claw because all thorns were sacred Claws; the sand in my boots was sacred sand because it came from a beach of sacred sand. The cenobites treasured up the relics of the sannyasins because the sannyasins had approached the Pancreator. But everything had approached and even touched the Pancreator, because everything had dropped from his hand. Everything was a relic. All the world was a relic. I drew off my boots, that had traveled with me so far, and threw them into the waves that I might not walk shod on holy ground.”
Gene Wolfe, The Claw of the Conciliator

“Lukoszevieze believes, however, that Cardew ultimately damaged his reputation irretrievably by ‘writing such terrible music in the ʼ70s’. He is damning and dismissive of this later music, believing Cardew to be entirely misguided in the belief that he could influence people by ‘playing an upright piano on a lorry with a bunch of saddos’.”
Tony Harris, The Legacy of Cornelius Cardew

“The people who hitched to Katmandu (and are doubtlessly still doing so, despite the usual reports of official prohibitions) seem to me to be of this sort, displaced persons, aimless couples without papers. They are ill-suited to play the role which they are conventionally given; that of proletarian playboys, outriders of a modern sub-culture, who intend, mainly through will-power, to end injustice and rule the world. For the most part they have chosen to be the sole inhabitants of private worlds, and their aspirations will not be found in the bazaars of the international youth movement, or of the global underground or any other such tentative organizations.”
Patrick Marnham, Road to Katmandu

Oliver Bullough
“That was the choice that Father Dmitri was given. As a Russian, he wanted to support Russia. As a Christian, he wanted to the oppose the Soviet Union. But, if he opposed the Soviet Union, he was allying with foreigners and thus fighting against Russia. He had to choose, therefore, between his religion and his country and he chose his country. That was how he himself justified his choice.”
Oliver Bullough, The Last Man in Russia: The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation

Samuel Beckett
“Deplorable mania, when something happens, to inquire what.”
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