Margaret MacMillan · 570 pages
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“The delegates to the peace conference after World War I "tried to impose a rational order on an irrational world.”
“The glories of the past compensated for the imperfections of the present.”
“In the fluid world of 1919, it was possible to dream of great change, or have nightmares about the collapse of order.”
“Wilson agreed reluctantly to their attempts: “I don’t much like to make a compromise with people who aren’t reasonable. They will always believe that, by persisting in their claims, they will be able to obtain more.”
“There are only two perfectly useless things in the world,” he quipped. “One is an appendix and the other is Poincaré!”
“I had grown up hearing the word terrorism, but I never really understood what it meant. Until now. Terrorism is different from war-where soldiers face one another in battle. Terrorism is fear all around you. It is going to sleep at night and not knowing what horrors the next day will bring.”
“Seelie Court,” murmurs Nate. “Sounds familiar. Was it in a computer game?”
“Do I look like someone who plays computer games?”
A grin stretches across Nate’s face. “You look like someone who could be in a computer game.”
“But perhaps I might feel strange, and unlike myself. It wouldn't be comfortable, not to be acquainted with myself.”
“A aparência de um espírito depende inteiramente do modo como ele decide projetar a si mesmo, ou de como vê a si próprio em sua mente. É por isso que contatos com espíritos presos à terra nem sempre são eventos tranquilos, passivos. A tragédia vem em muitas formas, em geral acompanhada de violência, e os últimos pensamentos de um indivíduo tendem a dominar a mente do seu espírito após a morte física. Assim, via de regra, o fantasma se manifestará em um espetáculo grotesco, que representa o modo como ele morreu”
“His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.1 Emerson”
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