“The noblest of ideas have always been protected by warriors.”
“Panic is something that good operations officers plan for.”
“If you give people a firm opinion, you run the risk of being wrong. Guess what? People remember when you’re wrong a lot more often than when you’re right. So the tendency is to include all the possibilities. It’s intellectually honest, even.”
“after you stop believing in santa claus, the whole world just goes downhill”
“Only evil of my shadow is my enemy,well die of darkness of life!”
“i am the most even-tempered man i know,' clark protested.
'right, no one's ever lived long enough for you to get really mad. they're dead by the time you're mildly annoyed.”
“Miten ihmeessä minä löysin sinut?"
"Sinä voitit minut. Elämän suurissa arpajaisissa sinä sait minut. Ja minä sinut. Luuletko että aviokumppanukset ansaitsevat toisensa? Kun ajattelee kaikkia niitä joita näen töissä ja jotka eivät onnistu siinä. Ehkä he eivät vain yritä, ehkä he vain unohtavat."
Sen mitä minäkin olin unohtaa. "'Hyvinä ja pahoina päivinä aina kuolemaan asti.' Muistatko? Minäkin annoin sen lupauksen.”
“The coat went over his shoulder. It was too hot here for that, and hotter still where he was going. He’d have to wear a coat there. It was expected, one of those curious rules of formal behavior that demanded the maximum discomfort to attain the proper degree of decorum.”
“how could a man lead without vision?”
“What we heard was not the fabulous note of any buried blasphemy of elder earth from whose supernal toughness an age-denied polar sun had evoked a monstrous response.”
“He created his own Kool-Aid reality and was able to illuminate himself by it.”
“This was all strictly run-of-the-mill Victorian patter, striking only for the fact that a man who had so exerted himself to see the world afresh had returned with such stock observations. (And, really, very little has changed; one need only lightly edit the foregoing passages - the crude caricatures, the question of human inferiority, and the bit about the baboon - to produce the sort of profile of misbegotten Africa that remains standard to this day in the American and European press, and in the appeals for charity donations put out by humanitarian aid organizations.)”
“You think people was meaner then than they are now? the deputy said.
The old man was looking out at the flooded town. No, he said. I don't. I think people are the same from the day God first made one.”
“Novelists liked to imagine the interconnectedness of things—as though all the people in the big city were part of some great organism, their lives intertwined. He”
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