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"For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward; for there you have been, and there you long to return."
........ Leondardo da Vinci

"Hindsight can be brilliantly incisive, and never misses the banana skins of existence."
........ Neal Asher, BRASS MAN

"The sky has a frost around the edges today, but is a blue which tells that though winter may not be over, spring is on the way. I don't mind either way, to be honest. Rain or sun, it's just good to see weather again."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, SPARES

".. and I felt ludicrously happy and knew that's the way it should be. I knew finally that you shouldn't lie down and wait for darkness, leaving quietly, slouching towards death. You should run, because the only real fear is that you'll stop running, that you'll stop doing, that you'll come to an end before everything else."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, SPARES

"Say what you like, but history is sh*t. It's dirty, and it smells - with good reason, because it has provided the visceral energy which brought the present moment to where it is. This present is like our bodies: they look so clean, because they're washed every day, but they leave little piles everywhere behind them. Past presents digested, excreted and left for posterity - and our later selves - to smell."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, SPARES

"Sure, there were better ways of living. I could have been one of those people who spend their entire lives wearing stripy shirts and going to brainstorming meetings and saying 'No idea is a bad idea', and giving each other high fives when they won that big account. The people who never actually do or achieve anything real in their entire lives, living instead in some bizarre parallel universe where half a point of market share for some frozen food manufacturer actually matters. The people who live in the same city all their lives, pulled along tracks too boring to understand, who die in the place they were born, and then are buried to make room for someone just like them. Within my own terms, in my own stream of reality, I'd behaved as well as I could - and at least I'd done stuff. I'd been places. I'd seen things. I'd had a speaking role in my own life."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

"Everybody's got secrets: it's part of who they are, a constant cloud in the internal weather system. Everybody's done things, or had things done to them. The most important parts of life and character, the defining elements, are always hidden. The invisible is the underlying determinant. The things we don't want other people to know are the very things that make us truly real, truly ourselves. They don't even have to be bad things, merely personal. Just matters which should remain private: because once they are known, they create a feeling of sickly over-familiarity, when in fact you don't know the person at all. Everybody's password-protected, living in a hidden context which only they understand - until someone like Hammond comes along and cracks the code, leapfrogging over the walls and revealing you squatting frightened and alone within."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

"Everything stands out, still and back-lit, so different to the ever-moving sludge of the present day. Nothing is real until it's gone: before then it's just shadows playing. Today is a joke, accidentaly and flawed. It's only yesterday that sings."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

".. but love is trite - and that's why we need it. Cliches are true. We need our archetypes, because without them life turns into a farm scene painted by an incompetent child, where you can't tell which animal is which and we're all just brown blobs which barely stand out from a background of indeterminate grey."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

"Cooks should be jolly women with red faces who heft their cleavers in a slightly disquieting way; priests grey-haired men of Irish extraction who evidently like a drink. When our food is cooked by young guys who think they're rock and roll stars, it turns to ashes in our mouths; and when our faith is brokered by middle-aged women in sensible shoes it becomes nothing more than soul insurance."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

"We combat life's randomness through the simple things, the things you can say in once sentence, the things everyone understands. Love and death are lifelines, ropes to hold on to in a choppy sea. Without them nothing makes sense."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

"We turned the truth into words, and typed them on top of each other until it was impossible to see what they said."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

"This is a time for scapegoats, and smoking's in pole position. Never mind that what we eat and drink does as much damage, and that our cars pump shit into the atmosphere which just isn't going to go away: we like our burgers and beers and automobiles, so let's pick on something else. Let's ban smoking in public places and planes and bars, and then the whole world will become perfect and sunny and bright: let's blame our problems for our unhappiness, so we don't have to face it ourselves."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

"Problems don't go away immediately, or sometimes even at all: imperfection and sadness are the price you pay for being alive. They can be a high price, and there are times when life seems like a struggle where the only reward you get for hanging on is the chance to struggle some more. It's a heavy toll. But it's a fine ride, and sometimes you get to see the sea."
........ Michael Marshall Smith, ONE OF US

"But if you do not find an intelligent companion, a wise and well-behaved person going the same way as yourself, then go on your way alone, like a king abandoning a conquered kingdom, or like a great elephant in the deep forest."
........ Buddha

"Of course, we have no idea, now, of who or what the inhabitants of our future might be. In that sense, we have no future. Not in the sense that our grandparents had a future, or thought they did. Fully imagined cultural futures were the luxury of another day, one in which 'now' was of some greater duration. For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly, that futures like our grandparents' have insufficient 'now' to stand on. We have no future because our present is too volatile. We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition."
........ William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

"Stars explode, worlds collide, there's hardly anywhere in the universe where humans can live without being frozen or fried. And yet you believe that a bed is a normal thing!"
........ Terry Pratchett (I know)

"You'll know the real wealth of water when the well runs dry"
........ Benjamin Franklin (probably)

"+++It is hard to convey five dimensional ideas in a language evolved to scream defiance at the monkeys in the next tree+++"
........ Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen

"Each of us is aware in ourselves of the workings of denial, of our need to be innocent of a troubling recognition."
........ Christopher Bollas

"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt"
........ William Shakespeare

"if you trust in yourself, and believe in your star, and keep faith in your destiny... you will still get beaten by people who've spent their time working hard and learning things rather than sitting, doing nothing and dreaming"
........ Terry Pratchett (mostly)

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear"
........ Ambrose Redmoon

"What you risk reveals what you value."
........ Jeanette Winterson

"Having saved the entire human race from extinction, I could do with a pizza"
........ Douglas Adams

"Ah. Thinking.
I like that in a man"
........ Terry Pratchett

"Consider your brain. Has it evolved dramatically in the last 500, 5,000, 10,000 years? No. All that's changed is access to information. 87% of your mind still isn't used, it just waits there. As empty, as pointless as the million futile databits of junk DNA."
........ Jon Courtenay Grimwood

"The truth hurts, but not as much as the consequences of willful ignorance."
........ Charles Stross

"There must always be room for coincidence. When there's not, you're probably well into apophenia, each thing then perceived as part of an overarching pattern of conspiracy. And while comforting yourself with the symmetry of it all, you stand all too real a chance of missing the genuine threat, which is invariably less symmetrical, less perfect."
....... William Gibson (mostly)

"There can not be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full"
........ Henry Kissinger

"Ever since ‘calories’ and ‘sugar intake’ were discovered, the realm of the pudding has suffered intensely. There was a day when one could honestly and innocently enjoy the sheer pleasure of a good Sticky Toffee Pudding, when ice-cream was nice-cream and when Bakewell Tart really was baked well. Tastes change though, and the world of the sweet has often been sour, having to go through some dramatic overhaulage in order to keep pace. Whilst a straightforward sausage and a common kedgeree may retain their hold on a nation’s culinary choices, the pudding has to stay on its toes to tantalise our taste buds. From low-fat through to no-fat, from sugar-free through to taste-free, what the next stage is, we can only wait and see. Cilla Bub: Don’t Desert Your Desserts"
........ Jasper Fforde

"Life is too important to be taken seriously"
........ Oscar Wilde

"A good diet is essential, of course, as is a daily regime of exercise. Pay attention to your footwork, it will often get you out of trouble. Go down to the gym every day - every day of your life that finds you waking up capable of standing. Take every opportunity to watch a good professional fight. In fact watch as many bouts as you can, because you can even learn something from the fighters who get it wrong. Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do, And don't forget the diet and the exercise and the roadwork."
........ Terry Pratchett (again)

“I may not agree with a word you say, but I will defend to my death your right to say it.”
........ Voltaire

"The trade-off between freedom and security, so often proposed so seductively, very often leads to the loss of both"
........ Christopher Hitchens

"-What would humans be without love?
- Rare"
........ Terry Pratchett et al (again)

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at
the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
........ Theodore Roosevelt

"The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes."
........ Thomas Paine

Old truths and ancient magic, revolution and invention, all conspire to distract us from the passion that in one way or another defeats us all. And weary, finally of this complexity, we dream of that long-ago time when we sat upon our mother's knee and each kiss was the perfect consummation of desire. What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain heaven and hell. Our doom. Again and again and again."
........ Anne Rice

Brave as two short planks. Fearless as a hatter."
........ Tom Holt

"Perhaps the meek shall inherit the Earth, but they'll do it in very small plots . . . about 6' by 3' "
........ Robert A. Heinlein

"Grow old along with me,
the best is yet to be"
........ Rabbi Ben Ezra

"To know and not to act is not to know"
........ Wang Yang-ming

"You might live in the land of jaffa cakes, but your mail s*cks"
........ Swamprose

"Sod the environment, I wanna meet everybody"
........ JokerXL

"My memory was erased, but my phone wasn't"
........ Crickson

"better stick down the ass than up I suppose"
........ Mandy

"I wish my pipes were in danger of freezing"
........ Swamprose (again)

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