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Old 09-30-2014, 05:48 AM   #2416
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"And what would one then have to say about our torturers? Why does fate not punish them? Why do they prosper? The only solution to this would be that the meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul. From that point of view our torturers have been punished most horribly of all: they are turning into swine; they are departing downward from humanity."

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Old 10-02-2014, 03:39 PM   #2417
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Ward Just in his short story "About Boston" written in 1985. (One of his characters was decrying a man's ability to remember when he was supposed to be where.)
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:42 PM   #2418
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“You see, I have never felt the need to invent a world beyond this world, for this world has always seemed large and beautiful enough for me. I have wondered why it is not large and beautiful enough for others-- why they must dream up new and marvelous spheres, or long to live elsewhere, beyond this dominion... but that is not my business. We are all different, I suppose. All I ever wanted was to know this world. I can say now, as I reach my end, that I know quite a bit more of it than I knew when I arrived. Moreover, my little bit of knowledge has been added to all the other accumulated knowledge of history-- added to the great library, as it were. That is no small feat, sir. Anyone who can say such a thing has lived a fortunate life.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things



“The trick at every turn was to endure the test of living for as long as possible. The odds of survival were punishingly slim, for the world was naught but a school of calamity and an endless burning furnace of tribulation. But those who survived the world shaped it—even as the world, simultaneously, shaped them.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things: A Novel
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:50 PM   #2419
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"people writing “for children” tend to have set themselves up as Lady Bountifuls, handing down stories from above like plates of healthy vegetables. They perceive virtue in what they are doing–and virtue is no place from which to begin a book"
- Roger Sutton, The Horn Book, October 2014

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Old 10-08-2014, 12:30 PM   #2420
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Old 10-08-2014, 01:24 PM   #2421
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Among all the strange things that men have forgotten, the most universal and catastrophic lapse of memory is that by which they have forgotten that they are living on a star.

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Old 10-10-2014, 09:22 AM   #2422
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"We cannot succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave, to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential." Malala Yousafzai
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:33 AM   #2423
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:11 PM   #2424
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.....Now extrapolate from this small-scale example and imagine a ten-million-volume, digital, online, humanities research library." (For comparison, the Library of Congress had nearly fifteen million volumes on 550 miles of shelves in the early 1990s, the British Library had about twelve million on a couple of hundred miles, and Harvard's Widener had about 3.5 million.) The catalog would be available on the network. Volumes or chapters might be downloaded to a scholar's personal workstation in a minute or two, then displayed or laser-printed as required. (It matters little where the digital volumes physically reside—just that they can be accessed efficiently—and they occupy little physical space anyway. The collection's existence would not be celebrated architecturally, as the grandiose mass of Widener celebrates the accumulative power of Harvard.) This library would never close. Those addicted to the look and feel of tree flakes encased in dead cow (and prepared to pay for it) would not have to kick the habit; elegant physical volumes could automatically be generated on demand. Nothing would ever be checked out, in somebody else's carrel, lost, or on the reshelving cart. Old volumes could live out their days in safe and dignified retirement in climate-controlled book museums. And the librarians could run backups; look what happened to the Library of Alexandria, where they didn't do it.
..........— William John Mitchell (15 December 1944 – 11 June 2010), Australian-born architect, urban designer, and Dean of the School of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Recombinant Architecture" in Intelligent Environments: Spatial Aspects of the Information Revolution (1997) edited by Peter Droege. Quoted not so much because I am enamored of the scholar's farsightedness, although I am, but because I love the phrase, "the look and feel of tree flakes encased in dead cow."
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"You are wrong to think of yourself always within time. The part of ourself that matters, when it matters, is outside time." - Marcel Proust, letter to Lucien Daudet
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“One thing was certain: Human Time was the saddest, maddest, most devastating variety of time that had ever existed. She tried her best to ignore it.”
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