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'It was a pleasure to burn.'
- Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
'As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.'
- The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." - 1984, George Orwell
These were the majority of my possible contributions.Entire preface to Dorian Gray is awesome:
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.
Oh you're so fantastic. As you can probably tell, I adore this novel. The poem that you last quoted is also one of my favorite passages."Muss es sein?" - one line, on its own page, in the beginning of House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. It translates as, "Must it be?"
Then two others from House of Leaves;
"Why would god create a dual universe?
So he might say, 'Be not like me; I am alone'
and it might be heard."
"Little solace comes to those who grieve,
when thoughts keep drifting as walls keep shifting
and this great blue world of ours seems a house of leaves
moments before the wind"
The last is my personal favorite.
Thank you, and I absolutely agree. If I really extracted all of my favorite passages from that god of a novel... I would have copied down half of the book. Almost all of Exploration Four included and a number of Johnny's stories from his life - namely the "mother to all strays" tale. The twist on horror stories that are actually legitimate horror, with legitimate emotions, instead of a slasher tale made all the difference to me and gave me chills.Oh you're so fantastic. As you can probably tell, I adore this novel. The poem that you last quoted is also one of my favorite passages.
And if I could quote all of Navidson's experience during Exploration Four, especially when he's reading and burning, I would.
YES this a dozen times over."I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything.
The end of of universes, god, worlds... of everything. What are you?"
"I am hope"
Sandmanreludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is infinitely quotable. Another from him:YES this a dozen times over.
"What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?"
Also Preludes and Nocturnes, by the great Mr. Gaiman.
This is eerily similar to a personal saying of mineNeil Gaiman is infinitely quotable. Another from him:
'Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.'