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Quotes from a book

Posted 11-28-2008 at 04:28 PM by Point
"... When we got to high school and stuff, I used to look back and smile and think, 'God, was I ever innocent!' ... But I've learnt something now. Corrie, we were still innocent. ... We believed we were safe. That was the big fantasy. Now we know we're not, and like you said, we'll never feel safe again, and so it's bye-bye innocence." (107)

"The future is the future. It has to take care of itself. You can sit here all day and make guesses about it, and at the end of the day, what have you got? A lot of dead guesses, that's what. And in the meantime you haven't done anything, you haven't lived, because you've been so busy reasoning it out." (201)

"Had I killed out of love of my friends, as part of a noble crusade to rescue friends and family and keep out land free? Or had I killed because I valued my life above that of others? Would it be OK for me to kill a dozen others to keep myself alive? A hundred? A thousand? At what point did I condemn myself to Hell, if I hadn't already done so?" (216)

"People, shadows, good, bad, Heaven, Hell: all of these were names, labels, that was all. Humans had created these opposites: Nature recognised no opposites." (217)

"... And they did seem to have the one thing in common - a perfect belief that they were right and the others wrong. I almost envied them the strength of their beliefs. It must have made life so much easier for them.
...Perhaps my lack of confidence, my tortuous habit of questioning and doubting everything I said or did, was a gift, a good gift, something that made life painful in the short run but in the long run might lead to ... what? The meaning of life?" (218)

"So, that was Nature's way. The mosquito felt pain and panic but the dragonfly knew nothing of cruelty. He didn't have the imagination to put himself in the mosquito's place. He just enjoyed his meal. Humans would call it eveil, the big dragonfly destroying the mosquito and ignoring the little insect's suffering. ... All these words, words like 'evil' and 'vicious', they meant nothing to Nature. Yes, evil was a human invention." (243) ... "Loyalty, courage, goodness. I wonder if they're human inventions too, or if they just are" (284)

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