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Old 04-14-2017, 01:15 AM   #3556
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"In her mind's eye she saw it, saw it all at last: the rolling armies and the flames of battle; the graves and pits and dying cries of a hundred million souls; the spreading darkness, like a black wing stretching over the earth; the last, bitter hours of cruelty and sorrow, and the terrible, final flights; death's great dominion over all, and, at the last, empty cities, becalmed by the silence of a hundred years. Already these things were coming to pass.”
― Justin Cronin, The Passage
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:27 AM   #3557
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"In her mind's eye she saw it, saw it all at last: the rolling armies and the flames of battle; the graves and pits and dying cries of a hundred million souls; the spreading darkness, like a black wing stretching over the earth; the last, bitter hours of cruelty and sorrow, and the terrible, final flights; death's great dominion over all, and, at the last, empty cities, becalmed by the silence of a hundred years. Already these things were coming to pass.”
― Justin Cronin, The Passage
Now there's an author who likes his semicolons.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:30 AM   #3558
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Now there's an author who likes his semicolons.
“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.”


― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
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Old 04-14-2017, 11:58 PM   #3559
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"There was a low rumbling. 'I’m going to kill somebody,' said the Elephant. 'As soon as I figure out who.'

'Whoa, dear heart,' said the Marquis, rubbing his hands together. 'You mean whom.'"
― Neil Gaiman, How the Marquis Got His Coat Back
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:31 AM   #3560
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CORPORATION, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
― Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
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Old 04-21-2017, 03:16 PM   #3561
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CORPORATION, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
― Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
Spot on.
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Old 04-24-2017, 05:09 AM   #3562
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What a blessing it is to love books. Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden.

From The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:57 AM   #3563
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What a blessing it is to love books. Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden.

From The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim

Great one! Now stolen and posted to Facebook.
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Old 04-24-2017, 02:39 PM   #3564
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Old 04-27-2017, 07:47 AM   #3565
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“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
― August Wilson

“I been with strangers all day and they treated me like family. I come in here to family and you treat me like a stranger.”
― August Wilson, The Piano Lesson

“You got to be right with yourself before you can be right with anybody else.”
― August Wilson


Happy Birthday today August Wilson!
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Old 04-27-2017, 09:31 AM   #3566
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“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
― August Wilson

“I been with strangers all day and they treated me like family. I come in here to family and you treat me like a stranger.”
― August Wilson, The Piano Lesson

“You got to be right with yourself before you can be right with anybody else.”
― August Wilson


Happy Birthday today August Wilson!
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Old 04-27-2017, 08:31 PM   #3567
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C.S. Lewis on Disney's Snow White (from Atlas Obscura):

"In a 1939 letter to his friend A.K. Hamilton, Lewis wrote of Snow White (and Disney himself):

Dwarfs ought to be ugly of course, but not in that way. And the dwarfs’ jazz party was pretty bad. I suppose it never occurred to the poor boob that you could give them any other kind of music. But all the terrifying bits were good, and the animals really most moving: and the use of shadows (of dwarfs and vultures) was real genius. What might not have come of it if this man had been educated–or even brought up in a decent society?"
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Old 04-28-2017, 03:16 PM   #3568
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LOL!
(And I'm a huge CSLewis fan.)
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Old 04-29-2017, 12:09 AM   #3569
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...simplicity is apparently quite beyond people's strength. It is, of all the virtues, the one I prize the most; it is undoubtedly the most lovable of any, and unspeakably precious for its power of removing those mountains that confine our lives and prevent our seeing the sky.

Elizabeth von Arnim, from Elizabeth and her German Garden (I think)
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:16 AM   #3570
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The bailout of the 2008 crash, which served as the model for the two that followed it, was calculated by historians at somewhere between 5 and 15 trillion dollars. One careful guess said it was 7.7 trillion dollars, another 13 trillion; both added that this was more than the cost (adjusted for inflation) of the Louisiana Purchase, the New Deal, the Marshall Plan, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the 1980s savings and loan bailout, the Iraq wars, and the entire NASA space program, combined. Conclusion: wars and land and social programs must not be very expensive. And compared to rescuing finance from itself, they’re not.
― Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140
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