Half of 2015 in Book Quotes

Another half a year has passed, and I wanted to share my favorite quotes from the books that I have read this year. Hope you like them.

  • “I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself.” – Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
  • “Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.” – Andy Weir, The Martian
  • “You should avoid seeing too much of yourself anywhere: in the outside world, in others, in the imagined worlds that give you shelter.” – John Darnielle, Wolf In White Van
  • “Live or die, but don’t poison everything…” – Anne Sexton, The Collected Poems
  • “The Book of Mormon proposes a new purpose for America: becoming a realm of righteousness rather than an empire of liberty. Against increasing wealth and inequality, the Book of Mormon advocates the cause of the poor. Against the subjection of the Indians, it promises the continent to the native people. Against republican government, it proposes righteous rule by judges and kings under God’s law. Against a closed canon Bible and non-miraculous religion, the Book of Mormon stands for ongoing revelation, miracles and revelation to all nations. Against skepticism, it promotes belief; against nationalism, a universal Israel. It foresees disaster for the nation if the love of riches, resistance to revelation, and Gentile civilization prevail over righteousness, revelation and Israel.” – Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
  • “Though people tend to focus on their differences – classifying others into us and them – when we humans confront the universe all differences among us become trivial: we vary no more than pearls on a string compared to what’s out there.” – Nancy Ellen Abrams, The View From The Center Of The Universe
  • “Dilemma of civilized man; body mobilized, but danger obscure.” – Philip K. Dick, The Man In The High Castle
  • “There was something heartbreakingly beautiful about the lights of distant ships, I thought. It was something that touched both on human achievement and the vastness against which those achievements seemed so frail.” – Alastair Reynolds, Chasm City
  • “You can only cruise the boulevards of regret so far, and then you’ve got to get back up onto the freeway again.” – Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice
  • “Life is a very terrible thing, mostly, with points of wonder and beauty. Most of what makes it terrible, though, is simply that there’s so much of it, blaring in through the five senses.” – Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren
  • “We have a closed circle of consistency here: the laws of physics produce complex systems, and these complex systems lead to consciousness, which then produces mathematics, which can then encode in a succinct and inspiring way the very underlying laws of physics that gave rise to it.” – Roger Penrose, The Road To Reality
  • “If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  • “Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.” Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

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