Quotes from The Taking

Dean Koontz ·  410 pages

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“Reality isn't what it used to be.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“Maybe there's nothing impossible tonight. We're down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us."
If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“Although the human heart is selfish and arrogant, so many struggle against their selfishness and learn humility; because of them, as long as there is life, there is hope that beauty lost can be rediscovered, that what has been reviled can be redeemed.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“...like a scene from the swamps of Louisiana or the mind of Poe on opium.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“Although she had resisted this knowledge all her life, had lived determinedly in the future focused there by ambition, she understood at last that this was the real condition of humanity: The dance of life occurred not yesterday or tomorrow, but only here at the still point that was the present. This truth is simmple, sel-evident, but difficult to accept, for we sentimentalize the past and wallow in it, while we endure the moment and in every waking hour dream of the future.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking



“The human imagination may be the most elastic thing in the universe, stretching to encompass the millions of dreams that in centuries of relectless struggle built modern civilization, to entertain the endless doubts that hamper every human enterprise, and to conceive the vast menagerie of boogeymen that trouble every human heart.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“We don't call them inmates,' Molly said, quoting one of the psychiatrists.'We call them patients.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“Futility is in the eye of the beholder.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“Throughout their seven years of marriage, they had conducted their lives by different clocks. She dwelled as much in the future as in the present, envisioning where she wished to go, relentlessly mapping the path that ought to lead to her high goals. Her strong mainspring was wound tight. Neil lived in the moment. To him, the far future was next week, and he trusted time to take him there whether or not he planned the journey. They”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“The dance of life occurred not yesterday or tomorrow, but only here at the still point that was the present. This truth is simple, self-evident, but difficult to accept, for we sentimentalize the past and wallow in it, while we endure the moment and in every waking hour dream of the future.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking



“that every moment of every day, depending on the faith we embrace, each of us continues to live either by the merciful sufferance of God or at the whim of blind chance and indifferent nature. She”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


“hope; like calcium, hope was part of the structure of her bones.”
― Dean Koontz, quote from The Taking


About the author

Dean Koontz
Born place: in Everett, Pennsylvania, The United States
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