“Certain kinds of knowledge rob people of their sleep.”
“But if you peeled away the ornamental egos that she had built, there was only an abyss of nothingness and the intense thirst that came with it.”
“You can't go anywhere if you just resign yourself to being attacked. A state of chronic powerlessness eats away at a person.”
“Don’t let appearances fool you. There’s always only one reality.”
“If you belong to the majority, you can avoid thinking about lots of troubling things.”
“I don't like ringing the bell at the door. Its' tingaling just sounds beautiful. It makes one equal innocent sound, and it doesn't matter who is ringing. But knocking is distinctive. Human beats something physically - you can hear the reflected feeling. Of course, the hand always gets slightly painful.”
“Wo Licht ist muss es auch Schatten geben, und wo Schatten ist, gibt es Licht. Es gibt keinen Schatten ohne Licht und kein Licht ohne Schatten. (C.G. Jung)”
“La diferencia entre vivir en soledad y sentirse solo.”
“Los seres humanos, en su mayoría, eran incapaces de pensar por sí mismos: ésa era una de las «verdades preciadas» que había aprendido. Y quien no pensaba, no sabía escuchar a los demás.”
“Los encuentros marcados por el destino tienen consecuencias selladas también por el destino,”
“Puede que la vida no sea más que la consecuencia de una mera cadena de acontecimientos ilógicos y, en ciertos casos, extremadamente chapuceros”
“I want to push myself to my limits, and if things don’t work out, then I can give up. But I will do everything I can until the bitter end.”
“Wouldn’t this be tantamount to giving a butterfly a skeleton?”
“Le pareció que aquella música había sido compuesta para enfatizar lo irreal de la realidad.”
“It's not me but the world that's deranged.
Yes, that settles it.
At some point in time, the world I knew either vanished or withdrew, and another world came to take its place. Like the switching of a track. In other words, my mind, here and now belongs to the world that was, but the world itself has already changed into something else. So far, the actual changes carried out in that process are limited in number. Most of the new world has been retained from the world I knew, which is why the changes have presented (virtually) no impediments to my daily life - so far. But the changes that have already taken place will almost certainly create other, greater, differences around me as time goes by. Those differences will expand little by little and will, in some cases, destroy the logicality of the actions I take. They could well cause me to commit errors that are - for me - literally fatal.
“Someone once said that nothing costs more and yields less benefit than revenge,” Aomame said.”
“Pero éste no es su Dios. Es mi Dios. Lo he aprendido porque he sacrificado mi vida, porque me han lacerado la carne y desgarrado la piel, chupado la sangra, arrancado las uñas y despojado de mi tiempo, mis ilusiones, y recuerdos. No es un Dios con forma. No viste de blanco ni luce largas barbas. No tiene doctrina, libro sagrado o preceptos. No recompensa ni castiga. No concede ni arrebata. No ha dispuesto un Cielo al que subir ni un Infierno al que caer. Dios, simplemente, está ahí, haga frío o no.”
“Tengo had a gift for such work. He was a born technician, possessing both the intense concentration of a bird sailing through the air in search of prey and the patience of a donkey hauling water, playing always by the rules of the game.”
“The religion brings many people together, so some degree of discipline is necessary, of course, but if you focus too much on formalities, you can lose sight of your original purpose. Things like precepts and doctrines are, ultimately, just expedients. The important thing is not the frame itself but what is inside the frame.”
“Fa quatre-cents anys, la gent veia la mateixa lluna que veiem nosaltres.”
“Los conocimientos importantes conllevan importantes responsabilidades.”
“Vosotros estáis ahí atados, no podéis ir a ningún sitio. Apenas podéis avanzar ni siquiera podéis dar marcha atrás. Pero yo no. Yo tengo un trabajo que hacer. Una misión que debo ejecutar. Por eso, permitirme que vaya pasando”
“The role of a story was, in the broadest terms, to transpose a single problem into another form. Depending on the nature and direction of the problem, a solution could be suggested in the narrative. Tengo would return to the real world with that suggestion in hand. It was like a piece of paper bearing the indecipherable text of a magic spell. At times it lacked coherence and served no immediate practical purpose. But it would contain a possibility. Someday he might be able to decipher the spell. That possibility would gently warm his heart from within.”
“His hairline had receded from the forehead and his sparse remaining hair recalled a frosty meadow in late autumn.”
“Some things can only be done in exchange for life,” the man said.”
“Svět zažil nacismus, atomovou bombu i moderní hudbu, a všechno to dokázal jakž takž přežít.”
“Their world is like the one that George Orwell depicted in his novel. I’m sure you realize that there are plenty of people who are looking for exactly that kind of brain death. It makes life a lot easier. You don’t have to think about difficult things, just shut up and do what your superiors tell you to do. You never have to starve.”
“If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation,”
“E se a minha vida não fôr mais do que um processo de materialização, através do qual eu dou forma a imagens latentes que vivem adormecidas em mim?”
“We worshiped our ancestors. We believed in the spirits of men and animals,”
“Take this guinea then and use it, not to burn the house down, but to make its windows blaze. And let the daughters of uneducated women dance round the new house, the poor house, the house that stands in a narrow street where omnibuses pass and the street hawkers cry their wares, and let them sing, ‘We have done with war! We have done with tyranny!’ And their mothers will laugh from their graves, ‘It was for this that we suffered obloquy and contempt! Light up the windows of the new house, daughters! Let them blaze!”
“Ma far parte di una storia come quella? Una storia che oscurerebbe tutte le altre, con tutta la sua grandezza, tutta la sua importanza? Non mi darebbe certo più tempo, qui, ma se facessi parte di un evento del genere, forse la mia vita non sembrerebbe così piccola. Forse potrei fare qualcosa prima che finisca il mio tempo. Forse sarei importante.”
“And that's how it was with Garrett. Because he understood me, the me I wanted so desperately to be. Think about your best friend - how you tell them everything, how they're the person who knows you best, all your deepest fears and insecurities. They're the one you call when something amazing happens or when everything falls apart and you need someone to come over and watch movies and tell you that everything's going to be OK. It's not like family, who are obligated to love you and even then sometimes fail to be everything they're supposed to be. Your true friend has chosen you, and you them, and that's a different kind of bond.
That's Garrett to me. I'm used to talking to him all the time, about the most meaningless stuff. To have him gone feels like a loss, an absence haunting me every day. Without him, there's just the empty space that used to be filled with laughter and friendship and comfort.
Can you really blame me for finding it so hard to let go?”
“... if Charles is undone, he'll find half his acquaintance ruined too, and that, you know, is a consolation.”
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