“...you can't let something that'll probably never happen ruin your life. You're only helping to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy”
“...maybe we don't need a heavenly bribe or the fear of hell and damnation to make us behave decently. Maybe it would be healthier if people started believing in themselves instead.”
“We're still dancing to tunes created by men who thought that a thunderstorm was a sig of God's anger.”
“It’s amazing, isn’t it? Here we are, two thousand years later, with everything we’ve accomplished, everything we know, and yet this little talisman still rules the way billions of people live…and die.”
“religion has always been the fuel that keeps the furnaces of intolerance and hatred burning.”
“Làm cái ghề như tôi thì khó có vợ lắm"
"Chà, hẳn rồi, nếu cái nghề đó cho phép anh nhảy lên máy bay với các cô gái chỉ mới quen biết. Tôi cũng hẳn chẳng muốn chồng mình làm điều đó hằng ngày”
“Bế quan tỏa cảng với thế giới còn lại”
“Ai trong chúng ta thực sự biết điều gì sẽ xảy ra với mình? Anh chỉ cần sống cuộc sống của mình và hi vọng vào những điều tốt đẹp nhất”
“What did it matter if it was based on a story that embellished the truth?”
“...beneath it all, religion has always been the fuel that keeps the furnaces of intolerance and hatred burning. And it holds us back from better things, but mostly from coming to terms with the truth about who we've become, from embracing everything science has taught us and continues to teach us, from forcing us to make ourselves accountable for our own actions.”
“At the time, any science, as it was then called, was thought to be a challenge to the authority of the Church; a science that promised spiritual purification was a direct threat to the Church.”
“Over a billion people out there, worshipping these writings, accepting every word as God’s own wisdom, slaughtering each other over them, and all of it without having the vaguest notion of where these scriptures really come from.”
“And it holds us back from better things, but mostly from coming to terms with the truth about who we’ve become, from embracing everything science has taught us and continues to teach us, from forcing us to make ourselves accountable for our own actions.”
“most expeditions lacked something Vance had at his disposal: the astrolabe,”
“She has an evil twin—that’s storybook bad.”
“The only people in the world who can hurt you are those you let have that ability, Van.”
“He has about him still a kind of terrible beauty, as dangerously beguiling as the grandeur of a storm rushing across the sea.”
“There was so much of beauty here: the neat, small tracks of a foraging creature, stoat or marten; the inticate tracery of a skeleton leaf, still clinging vainly to its parent tree as, little by little, time stripped it of its substance, leaving only the delicate remembrance of what it had been.”
“These were the kind [of letters] you save, folded into a memory box, to be opened years later with fingers against crackling age, heart pounding with the sick desire to be possessed by memory.”
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