Another Half A Year In Quotes

On June 1 I made a post with a quote from all the books I had read up to that point. I wanted to do that again, because I love quotes, and I love sharing them

  • “Thinking always if I go all goes. A hundred cares, a tithe of troubles and is there one who understands me? One in a thousand of years of the nights? All me life I have been lived among them but now they are becoming lothed to me.”  James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
  • “Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. Indeed, he would have found it difficult to tell, among the many places he had lived, precisely where it was he had felt most at home.” Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky
  • “This is not a universe that is advancing toward a goal; it is one that is caught in the grip of an unbreakable pattern.” Sean Carroll, From Eternity to Here
  • “Clock measurement is not time itself. In fact, so opposed are they that one could argue the clock is not a synonym, but the opposite of time.” Jay Griffiths, Wild
  • “The cards always look different when it’s your turn to play them; loaded with subtly different possibilities.” Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space
  • “Music may not be inviolable, but it is infinitely variable, acquiring a new identity in the mind of every new listener. It is always in the world, neither guilty nor innocent, subject to the ever-changing human landscape in which it moves.” Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise
  • “I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.” James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • “His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” James Joyce, Dubliners
  • “Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  • “We are part of the universe that has developed a remarkable ability: We can hold an image of the world in our minds. We are matter contemplating itself.” Sean Carroll, The Particle at the End of The Universe
  • “You can’t become a billionaire stepping over children sleeping on the street.” Bernie Sanders, The Speech
  • “I have no idea how people function without near-constant internal chaos. I’d lose my mind.” Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius
  • “Love with your mouth shut, help without breaking your ass or publicizing it: keep cool, but care.” Thomas Pynchon, V.
  • “One of his greatest talents was empathy; no sadist can aspire to perfection without that diagnostic ability.” Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon The Deep
  • “Research suggests when it comes to understanding our feelings, we humans have an odd mix of low ability and high confidence.” Leonard Mlodinow, Subliminal
  • “Maybe the very value and meaning in human life comes from not doing whatever we want, not living forever, as well as not having unlimited power or pursuit of pleasure. In other words, it is the very lacking of these things that propels or compels us to strive for truth, justice, goodness and love.” Robert Arp, Star Trek and Philosophy
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