Joseph Duncan · 270 pages
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“In a culture that worshipped its ancestors, to die without offspring was next of kin to damnation.”
“I believed in the spirits of my ancestors.”
“No child is ever loved as they are loved by the ones who gave them life.”
“I have always found it both bitter and sweet that men become childlike in their old age.”
“I have visited a great many cathedrals and have yet to burst into flames.”
“We worshiped our ancestors. We believed in the spirits of men and animals,”
“Sometimes I think it is that loneliness that drove our species a little bit insane. Why else would we have invented such a vast assortment of preposterous characters, all those pantheons of mad gods and uncountable legions of angels and devils and supernatural dream-things, if not to fill the void”
“Accusations are merely the envy of the unenlightened given form.”
“Imagine a universe entirely without structure, without shape, without connections. A cloud of microscopic events, like fragments of space-time … except that there is no space or time. What characterizes one point in space, for one instant? Just the values of the fundamental particle fields, just a handful of numbers. Now, take away all notions of position, arrangement, order, and what’s left? A cloud of random numbers.”
“Who’s Ikbar?” Ulf said. His brother turned away to hide a smirk. Gilan glanced at Hal curiously, saw he wasn’t planning to answer, so spoke in his place. “He was an Arridan demigod, I believe.” “Oh, don’t,” Hal said quietly. But it was too late. “And what did he do?” “Well, Ulf, I’m not sure that he did too much of anything,” Gilan said. “Just paraded round being a demigod.”
“إنه ليشق على هؤلاء الناس أن يفقدوا بعد ذلك أوهامهم، يشق عليهم ذلك لشعورهم بأنهم أنفسهم مذنبون .. لما تنتظر أن تُعطى أكثر مما يمكن أن تعطي ؟ إن الخيبة تتربص بهؤلاء الناس من لحظة إلى لحظة..والأفضل أن يظلوا في زاويتهم هادئين، لا يخرجون منها ...”
“The Russian commands sound like the name of the camp commandant. Shishtvanyanov: a gnashing and spluttering collection of ch, sh, tch, shch. We can't understand the actual words, but we sense the contempt. You get used to contempt. After a while the commands just sound like a constant clearing of the throat—coughing, sneezing, nose blowing, hacking up mucus. Trudi Pelikan said: Russian is a language that's caught a cold.”
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