“She looked like a character from a video game. One of those improbably busty, impossibly well-armed superchicks who could do acrobatics and hit the kill zone even while firing guns from both hands during a cartwheel.
"You look fucking ridiculous," she told herself.”
“His specialty was interrogation. Imagine it, gentlemen. Being strapped to a table so that you are entirely at the mercy of a monster such as this. A person who delights in your pain. A person to whom your screams are more delicious than a lover's whisper. A creature who knows how to keep you alive while he skillfully and meticulously deconstructs those things that define you as human?”
“Reporters trade in pain. It sells papers. Everyone knows that.”
“Yippie ki-yay and all that shit"
- Desdemona Fox”
“She knew a couple of writers. They were always broke.”
“All concerns of men go wrong when they wish to cure with evil.
“Goat made no move to get out. "Billy...this is nuts."
"Yeah, well we left 'sane and normal' behind the first time Volker said 'zombie”
“And that made him wonder if a person who is forced into bad situations over and over again when they’re too weak or helpless to do anything about it will eventually make bad choices of their own simply because they’ve become habituated to them.”
“The economy blows, or don't you read the papers?"
"Who reads the fucking papers? News is free on the internet.”
“She agreed with Mark Twain that golf was a “good walk spoiled.”
“Who’d play her in the movie?” “The shark from Jaws,” muttered Trout.”
“watch Die Hard films until the day started making sense again.”
“Dez, on the other hand, was pure backcountry Pennsylvania; a blue-eyed blonde who could have been a model for fitness equipment if not for what JT personally viewed as an overactive redneck gene.”
“This wasn’t about who liked who; this was a human being who did not deserve what happened to him.”
“Every writer he ever met was a drunk,”
“But the colonel said and did nothing as the seconds splintered off the clock and fell like debris on the floor.”
“It's cloaked in cultural mumbo jumbo, but I assure you that it is very hard science.”
“When he heard politicians use the phrase “in the best interests of the American people” he knew that it was always a profit-based decision.”
“Yippie ki-yay and all that shit.”
“Tell me they’re mine,’ he said quietly. ‘And I’ll let you come.”
“A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is so much more attractive than a woman who waits around for a man to validate her existence.”
“It is said, in this country, that if a man can arrange his religion so that it perfectly satisfies his conscience, it is not incumbent upon him to care whether the arrangement is satisfactory to anyone else or not.”
“To truly try means to accept God's love, his healing, to accept the world can be ugly, but your heart doesn't have to be. It takes courage, Finley the warrior. You haven't held on to your anger and bitterness in search of healing, but as a banner of your hurt. Because it's real and visible and strong, " she said. "But so is God's love and so are those arms he's holding out for you.”
“A few years ago, Tor Wager, a neuroscientist at Columbia University, wanted to figure out why placebos were so effective. His experiment was brutally straightforward: he gave college students electric shocks while they were stuck in an fMRI machine. (The subjects were well compensated, at least by undergraduate standards.)”
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