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"We don’t think of ourselves as citizens in the old sense of being small parts of something larger and infinitely more important to which we have serious responsibilities. We do think of ourselves as citizens in the sense of being beneficiaries - we’re actually conscious of our rights as American citizens and the nation’s responsibility to us and ensuring we get our share of the American pie. We think of ourselves now as eaters of the pie instead of makers of the pie. So who makes the pie?"

— David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

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"Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways."

— Neal Stephenson, Anathem

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"Love is a kind of dementia with very precise and oft-repeated clinical symptoms. You blush in each other’s presence, you both hover in places where you expect the other to pass, you are both a little tongue-tied, you both laugh inexplicably and too long, you become quite nauseatingly girlish, and he becomes quite ridiculously gallant."

— Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet

  • Mr Murray: You know, my dears, the world has been abnormal for so long that we've forgotten what it's like to live in a peaceful and reasonable climate. If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes.
  • Meg: Even at a time like this?
  • Mr Murray: Especially at a time like this. We don't know what the next twenty-four hours are going to bring, and if it should be what we fear, then the peace and quiet within us will come to our aid.
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Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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"In our twenties, when there is still so much time ahead of us, time that seems ample for a hundred indecisions, for a hundred visions and revisions - we draw a card, and we must decide right then and there whether to keep that card and discard the next, or discard the first card and keep the second. And before we know it, the deck has been played out and the decisions we have just made will shape our lives for decades to come."

— Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

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Chris Moriarty, Spin State

Chris Moriarty, Spin State

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"Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea, and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.
Then sigh not so, but let them go…"

— William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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"I am not the person I was born. Neither are you. I know no one who is. Truly, Fitz, all we ever know are facets of one another. Perhaps we feel as if we know one another well when we know several facets of that person. Father, son, brother, friend, lover, husband…a man can be all of those things, yet no one person knows him in all those roles. […] When I show myself in a different light, I do not make a pretense. Rather I bare a different aspect to the world than they have seen before."

— Robin Hobb, Fool’s Fate

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  • Frodo: I wish it need not have happened in my time.
  • Gandalf: So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.