“Don't you think people make their own choices in life?'
'They do, but in many cases their choices are limited--unless they break the rules.”
“I suppose you could present my life as a happy tale if you ended it in the right place.”
“You could say that everything had become weirdly distorted because I'd broken the rules so many times.”
“We're attacking all accepted values. Authority, class differences, shared perceptions. We don't care what happens to our social structure -- revolutions are for suckers. Our target is people's collective consciousness. It's like throwing a cream pie in their face.”
“THE FUZZY GREEN light gradually resolved itself into trees, and a narrow street of damp terra-cotta bricks stretched lazily into the distance.”
“When human consciousness stops fooling itself and looks at the situation straight on, it can't cope.”
“Number two becoming number one, that's how life goes. Always demanding the best, that's a strange way of living.”
“Our job involves looking at things that people usually can't see.”
“When people believe they have a good cause, the violence within them bursts forth unrestrained, as if their good angel has given permission for it to escape.”
“Deep down, people who deliberately distribute other people’s music and stuff feel contempt for professionals. And it’s not just culture — these days lots of people are contemptuous of everything. Without realizing it, they’re searching for things to despise.”
“Beware getting what you want, son.”
“For the dead, who seem to take away so much, really take with them nothing that is ours. The passion they have aroused lives after them, easy to transmute or to transfer, but well-nigh impossible to destroy.”
“She felt disgusting and used and like she could never trust anyone ever again, and the last thing she wanted was food.”
“We are very bad at scale. The things that live in the soil are too small to care about; climate change too large to imagine. We are bad at time, too. We cannot remember what lived here before we did; we cannot love what is not. Nor can we imagine what will be different when we are dead. We live out our three score and ten, and tie our knots and lines only to ourselves. We take solace in pictures, and we wipe the hills of history.”
“followed. . . . By merely observing with close attention how the winged tribes perform their feats, by carefully reflecting on what we have seen, and, above all, by striving correctly to understand the modus operandi of what we do see, we are sure not to wander far from the path, which leads to eventual success.”
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