Wow, halfway through 2014. That is kind of amazing. It seems to me that for the past few years time has been flying by. Yeah I know, I really can’t lament time passing at the ripe old age of 22, but nonetheless I either have become less aware of time passing or I haven’t thought about it enough. I blink and lose track of half a year.
Anybody who is my friend on Facebook knows that I love quotes. Sometimes I have a hard time expressing myself outside of other peoples quotes.
I have been doing a fair amount of reading so far this year, and as we hit the halfway mark, I just thought that I’d share a quote from each book that I have read so far this year. Maybe you’ll like some of it. More than likely it will be useful for me to keep track of some great quotes. So here we go. One quote per book.
- “What you can become is the miracle you were born to be through the work that you do.” – Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
- “It is exciting to discover electrons and figure out the equations that govern their movement; it is boring to use those principles to design electric can openers.” – Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
- “Admonished by her buckled lips/Let every babbler be/The only secret people keep/Is Immortality.”- Emily Dickinson, The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
- “I don’t think that there are any limits to how excellent we could make life seem.”- Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
- “But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”- Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
- “…All my best words are deserters and do not answer the trumpet call, and the remainder are cripples.”- Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading
- “If there was any doubt at the turn of the twentieth century, by the turn of the twenty first, it was a foregone conclusion: when it comes to revealing the true nature of reality, common experience is deceptive.”- Brian Greene, The Hidden Reality
- “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
- “To permit irresponsible authority is to sell disaster.” – Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers
- “What passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really some kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human […] is probably to be unavoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic.” – David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
- “If by eternity is understood not endless temporal duration but timelessness, then he lives eternally who lives in the present. Our life is endless in the way that our visual field is without limit.”- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Major Works
- “Sometimes you want to say things, and you’re missing an idea to make them with, and missing a word to make the idea with. In the beginning was the word. That’s how somebody tried to explain it once. Until something is named, it doesn’t exist.”- Samuel R. Delany, Babel-17
- “The only important elements in any society are the artistic and the criminal, because they alone, by questioning the society’s values, can force it to change”- Samuel R. Delany, Empire Star
- “You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative”- William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch