“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.”
“I'll tell you a little secret about the Blues: it's not enough to know which notes to play, you have to know why they need to be played.”
“Griddle cakes, pancakes, hot cakes, flapjacks: why are there four names for grilled batter and only one word for love?”
“Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.”
“Did you ever eat a whole box of cookies right in a row? Did you ever do that? I don't mean take them into your bedroom or something. I mean open them right up in the kitchen as soon as you get home from the store and eat 'em while you're standing there? Just stare at the toaster while you're eatin' a whole goddamn box of cookies?”
“A cat will blink when struck with a hammer.”
“All music is the blues. All of it.”
“I don’t understand this notion of ethnic pride. “Proud to be Irish,” “Puerto Rican pride,” “Black pride.” It seems to me that pride should be reserved for accomplishments; things you attain or achieve, not things that happen to you by chance. Being Irish isn’t a skill; it’s genetic. You wouldn’t say, “I’m proud to have brown hair,” or “I’m proud to be short and stocky.” So why the fuck should you say you’re proud to be Irish? I’m Irish, but I’m not particularly proud of it. Just glad! Goddamn glad to be Irish!”
“These are the kinds of thoughts that made it necessary to separate me from the other kids at school.”
“If free trade can really turn all these Third World countries into thriving economies full of entrepreneurs and investors, who’s gonna clean the fuckin’ toilets around here?”
“Every sixty seconds, thirty acres of rain forest are destroyed in order to raise beef for fast-food restaurants that sell it to people, giving them strokes and heart attacks, which raise medical costs and insurance rates, providing insurance companies with more money to invest in large corporations that branch out further into the Third World so they can destroy more rain forests.”
“Gilan took a deep breath and looked them both in the eye, one after the other. “Jump off the cliff. It’ll be less messy that way.”
“Om (AUM) is the truth of all truths, the light of all lights and the destroyer of all illusions.”
“Batman: "You should've listened to me."
-"I thought we were partners."
-"We are. But we're not equals, not even close.
-"You sanctimonious, self-righteous..."
-"You're not in it like I am, Barbara.
It's still a game for you, it's still a thrill. You haven't been taken to the edge yet."
-"The edge of what?"
-"The abyss, the place where you don't care anymore. Where all hope dies."
Barbara: "I saw that abyss you spoke about, very scary, but so tempting.
I don't know how you resist it.
I don't think it's humanly possible after a while.
“F. Franklin the Fourth has a job with a firm rich in heritage, money and pretentiousness, a firm vastly superior to Brodnax and Speer. His sidekicks at the moment are W. Harper Whittenson, an arrogant little snot who will, thankfully, leave Memphis and practice with a mega-firm in Dallas; J. Townsend Gross, who has accepted a position with another huge firm; and James Straybeck, a sometimes friendly sort who's suffered three years of law school without an initial to place before his name or numerals to stick after it. With such a short name, his future as a big-firm lawyer is in jeopardy. I doubt if he'll make it.”
“For the first time the specific and express thought came to him. And though he pushed it away in horror, he knew that, having once come, it would return. The thought was simply this: That he would ruin Eternity, if he had to. The worst of it was that he knew he had the power to do it.”
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