“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”
“History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?”
“These books can't possibly compete with centuries of established history, especially when that history is endorsed by the ultimate bestseller of all time."
Faukman's eyes went wide. "Don't tell me Harry Potter is actually about the Holy Grail."
"I was referring to the Bible."
Faukman cringed. "I knew that.”
“Faith ― acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.”
“By its very nature, history is always a one-sided account.”
“Telling someone about what a symbol means is like telling someone how music should make them feel.”
“What really matters is what you believe.”
“Life is filled with secrets. You can't learn them all at once.”
“When a question has no correct answer, there is only one honest response.
The gray area between yes and no.
“Can you keep secrets? Can you know a thing and never say it again?”
“Learning the truth has become my life's love.”
“My lawyers will fricassee your testicles for breakfast. And if you dare board my plane without a warrant, your spleen will follow.”
“Today is today. But there are many tomorrows”
“Authors, he thought. Even the sane ones are nuts.”
“Those who truly understand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical.”
“The Pentacle - The ancients envisioned their world in two halves - masculine and feminine. Their gods and goddesses worked to keep a balance of power. Yin and Yang. When male and female were balanced, there was harmony in the world. When they were unbalanced there was chaos.”
“Coincidence was a concept he did not entirely trust. As someone who had spent his life exploring the hidden interconnectivity of disparate emblems and ideologies, Langdon viewed the world as a web of profoundly intertwined histories and events. The connections may be invisible, he often preached to his symbology classes at Harvard, but they are always there, buried just beneath the surface.”
“Her eyes were olive green―incisive and clear.”
“The Last Supper is supposed to be thirteen men. Who is this woman?
"Everyone misses it, our preconceived notions of this scene are so powerful that our mind blocks out the incongruity and overrides our eyes.”
“Robert wondered if any of Harvard's revered Egyptologists had ever knocked on the door of a pyramid and expected an answer.”
“أن الرجال قد يفعلون أي شيء لتجنب ما يخشونه أكثر مما قد يبذلونه للحصول على شيء يرغبون فيه”
“PHI is one H of a lot cooler than PI!”
“اولئك الذين ينشدون الحقيقةهم اكثر من اصدقاء، انهم اخوة”
“For two weeks, he’d come here after putting in a twelve-hour day at the studio. Two long weeks of watching, aching. And for what? Isabeau Montgomery wanted nothing to do with him. She had him completely at her feet, and she didn’t even know it. Hell, had she known, she most likely wouldn’t care.”
“Yes, one of the benefits of being embarrassingly rich is that you find out if you have syphilis much earlier than the average peasant would.”
“I think the purest of souls, those with the most fragile of hearts, must be meant for a short life. They can't be tethered or held in your palm. Just like a sparrow, they light on your porch. Their song might be brief, but how greedy would we be to ask for more? No, you cannot keep a sparrow. You can only hope that as they fly away, they take a little bit of you with them.”
“There was a new smell in the air at Lyons, of sun-baked southern stuffs, of strong red vinegar, and spikes of rosemary. It was a good thing too, for some of the streets were stinking warrens, and the beggars near withered me to death. The beggary was not for want of charity, for the place was a mass of popish churches and convents, ringing out their bells every quarter-hour. Yet thank my stars, our new lodgings were mighty grand, with glass windows, and our linen scented with orange blossom.”
“I shut the door firmly behind me. I shut it on Jensen, but I can’t shut it on myself and on the strange and foreign feelings churning inside.”
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