“Close your eyes, cover your ears with your hands and open your soul.”
“This was it; the Mystery of The Unseen, the Gate of Sorrow, that leads to the Grace of the Redeemer. I pressed my lips together, and my hands gripped the windowsill. I saw the hand of Fatima, and all the visible world sank away from me.”
“Maybe that is the one real division between men: wood men and desert men.”
“من يفكر في الغد لا يمكن أن يكون شجاعا”
“وحدها الصحراء لا تطرح أسئلة ولا تقدم شيئا ولا تعد بشيء”
“Men should be told that there is no Black and no White, for Black is White and White is Black. So my advice is this: let us not do anything that might hurt anybody anywhere in the world, for we are part of each soul, and each soul is part of us.” We sat silent, nonplussed. So this was the heresy of Bab. Suddenly I heard loud sobbing, turned round and saw Asadulla, his face bathed in tears, and distorted with grief.”
“لقد فهمت أنهم شديدو الاهتمام بمدارسنا ولغتنا والمستشفيات والحرية. ولكن ما نفع المدارس إذا كان ما يُدرس فيها مجرد هراء؟ ما نفع المستشفيات إذا كانت لا تعالج إلا الجسد بينما تنسى أمر الروح؟ إن أرواحنا تهفو للذهاب إلى الله، لكن كل قومية تعتقد أنها تملك رباً لها وحدها، وأنه الرب الحق والرب والوحيد.”
“ثم لزم والدى الصمت وقد بدت عيناه منعزلتين. كان يعرف ما هو أبعد من هذا العالم الواقعى، كما كان... واعياً لعالم آخر يستطيع الانعزال فيه حيث لا يمكن الوصول إليه فيه. لم يكن لدى سوى شعور مبهم عن مملكة هذا العالم الآخر المسالم، الذى يجعل المرء قادراً على دفن الأصدقاء ويمكنه مع ذلك التحدث مع النوتى عن معجزات جزر تشاردشوى. طرقت باب هذا العالم ولكن لم يُسمح لى بالدخول، فقد كنتُ شديد الانهماك فى واقعنا المؤلم.”
“Armenians have more imagination than Mohammedans.”
“Before you trust your camel to Allah's protection, tie it fast on to your fence.”
“Mag sein, daß die Leute sagen werden, ich bleibe daheim, um mich nicht von den dunklen Augen Ninos trennen zu müssen. Mag sein. Vielleicht haben diese Menschen auch recht. Denn diese dunklen Augen sind für mich wie die heimatliche Erde, wie der Ruf der Heimat nach ihrem Sohn, den ein Fremder auf fremde Wege verleiten will. Ich bleibe, um die dunklen Augen der Heimat vor dem Unsichtbaren zu schützen.”
“He rose, took a slender silver water can with a long slim neck and staggered out. After a while he came back and put the can on the floor. We all rose to congratulate him, for his body had cleared itself of superfluous matter.”
“Every man who invents something to kill other people easily, quickly and in as great numbers as possible is highly praised, he makes much money and a decoration is bestowed on him. That is good and right. War must be. But on the other hand the Europeans build many hospitals, and a man who during a war cures and feeds enemy soldiers is also praised and decorated”
“Panic is something that good operations officers plan for.”
“Legionnaire’s disease hit a group of predominantly white, heterosexual, middle-aged members of the American Legion. The respectability of the victims brought them a degree of attention and funding for research and treatment far greater than that made available so far to the victims of Kaposi’s sarcoma.
I want to emphasize the contrast, because the more popular Legionnaire’s disease affected fewer people and proved less likely to be fatal. What society judged was not the severity of the disease but the social acceptability of the individuals affected with it…. I intend to fight any effort by anyone at any level to make public health policy regarding Kaposi’s sarcoma or any other disease on the basis of his or her personal prejudices regarding other people’s sexual preferences or life-styles”
“Of all the Programmers' planets, ours is the supercomputing golden child, the world that inexplicably provides enough power to light up the galaxy.”
“I gave Paul a withering look but the truth was I was curious as hell. First of all, to find out what Sullivan wanted. And second, to see what a teacher's room looked like. I'd always sort of figured they came out during the day to teach classes and then got stored in shoe boxes under someone's bed until they were needed again. (James)”
“Audiences often ask if characters are based on real people. Indeed the impulse of the amateur is to write about who one knows. The professional on the other hand understands the impossibility of such a task. The creator of the character must know more about the character than anyone could ever possibly know about a real person. The author must possess the complete knowledge; what the person was wearing on Christmas morning when he or she was five, what presents he or she received, and who gave them and how they were given. A "character" therefore is a real person who exists in another plane, a parallel universe based on the author's perceptions of reality. When it comes to people don't write about who you know but what you know of human nature.”
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