Second Half of 2015 Quotes

Every half a year I like to publish my favorite quotes from the books I read during those months. Here are my favorite quotes from the second half of 2015.

  • “No matter how the official narrative of this turns out there are the places we should be looking, not in newspapers or television but at the margins, graffiti, uncontrolled utterances, bad dreamers who sleep in public and scream in their sleep.” – Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon
  • “Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…” – Neuromancer, William Gibson
  • “You’d be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.” – Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  • “The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage.” – Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk
  • “Without you at my side, I feel as though my eyes are just a camera, like a closed-circuit camera without film in it, registering what’s out there, second by second, letting it all vanish instantly to be replaced by more images, none of them properly appreciated.”- The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber
  • “The first-century Jews who wrote about Jesus had already made up their minds about who he was. They were constructing a theological argument about the nature and function of Jesus as Christ, not composing a historical biography about a human being.” – Zealot, Reza Aslan
  • “When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” – Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk
  • “We live in a primitive time—don’t we, Will?—neither savage nor wise. Half measures are the curse of it. Any rational society would either kill me or give me my books.” – Red Dragon, Thomas Harris
  • “Being born’s a hell of a lottery.” – Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
  • “Simpler theories may be more convenient to work with, but they are not intrinsically more probable than complex ones.” – Philosophy of Science, Samir Okasha
  • “We are digits in God’s computer, she not so much thought as hummed to herself to sort of a standard gospel tune, And the only thing we’re good for, to be dead or to be living, is the only thing He sees. What we cry, what we contend for, in our world of toil and blood, it all lies beneath the notice of the hacker we call God.” – Vineland, Thomas Pynchon
  • “Unanticipated novelty, the new discovery, can emerge only to the extent that his anticipations about nature and his instruments prove wrong.” – The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn
  • “If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” – For Whom The Bells Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
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