‘The universe has no fixed substratum of fixed substances and its only reality lies in its phenomena.’ (Angela Carter, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, p96)
‘My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.” (Hermann Hesse, Demian)
‘I think that we can’t go around measuring our goodness by what we don’t do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we’ve got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create and who we include.’ Chocolat (from the film script, can’t remember if it’s in the book), Joanne Harris
‘Civilization, after all, is defined by what we forbid, more than what we permit.’ (Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram, p52)
‘In a quantum universe, there are no such things as accidents, only possibilities and probabilities folded into existence by perception.’ (Dr Manhattan, Watchmen)
‘Anyone can find places, but the finding of people is a gift from God.’ (E.M. Forster, A Room with a View, p88)
‘It isn’t possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was.’ (E.M. Forster, A Room with a View, p?)
‘If only I could weep, say everything with tears, not have to speak in order to be understood.’ (Jose Saramago, Blindness, p167)
angelic enquirer: Why was [Christ] crucified?
earthly respondent: Because he wanted to set people free, I think.
Who wanted to crucify him?
The great and the good, the law-abiding citizens and the hard-working families.
(August Strindberg, A Dream Play)
‘Now I know the full power of evil. It makes ugliness seem beautiful and goodness seem ugly and weak.’ (August Strindberg, The Dance of Death, p?)
‘In silence you can’t hide anything… as you can in words.’ (August Strindberg, The Ghost Sonata)
‘Animals… are so placid and self-contained. They do not sweat and whine about their condition. They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins. And above all, they do not make me sick discussing their duty to God!’ (Paul di Filippo, ‘Walt and Emily’, The Steampunk Trilogy, p291)
‘Morality is the bane of small minds.’ (Paul di Filippo, ‘Walt and Emily’, The Steampunk Trilogy, p290)