David Mitchell Quotes

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1. “People pontificate, "Suicide is selfishness." Career churchmen like Pater go a step further and call in a cowardly assault on the living. Oafs argue this specious line for varying reason: to evade fingers of blame, to impress one's audience with one's mental fiber, to vent anger, or just because one lacks the necessary suffering to sympathize. Cowardice is nothing to do with it - suicide takes considerable courage. Japanese have the right idea. No, what's selfish is to demand another to endure an intolerable existence, just to spare families, friends, and enemies a bit of soul-searching.”

Tags : Death Guilt Selfishness Suffering Suicide
Source : Cloud Atlas

2. “Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an' tho' a cloud's shape nor hue nor size don't stay the same, it's still a cloud an' so is a soul. Who can say where the cloud's blowed from or who the soul'll be 'morrow? Only Sonmi the east an' the west an' the compass an' the atlas, yay, only the atlas o' clouds.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

3. “I believe there is another world waiting for us. A better world. And I'll be waiting for you there.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

4. “You say you're 'depressed' - all i see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you're defective - it just means you're human.”

Tags : Depression Human
Source : Cloud Atlas

5. “Olly’s glowing; if he was six inches tall and fluffy, Toys R Us would ship him by the thousands.”

Tags : Fluffy Glowing Toys R Us
Source : The Bone Clocks

6. “In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.”

Tags : Selfishness
Source : Cloud Atlas

7. “She was widely read enough to appreciate my literary wit but not so widely read that she knew my sources. I like that in a woman.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

8. “I'd love to know how Dad saw me when I was 6. I'd love to know a hundred things. When a parent dies, a filing cabinet full of all the fascinating stuff also ceases to exist. I never imagined how hungry I'd be one day to look inside it.”

Tags : Fathers Grief Memories Parents
Source : The Bone Clocks

9. “For most digital-age writers, writing is rewriting. We grope, cut, block, paste, and twitch, panning for gold onscreen by deleting bucketloads of crap. Our analog ancestors had to polish every line mentally before hammering it out mechanically. Rewrites cost them months, meters of ink ribbon, and pints of Tippex. Poor sods.”

Tags : Composing Computers Technology Typewriters Word Processors Writers Writing
Source : The Bone Clocks

10. “How about this? Hong Kong had been appropriated by British drug pushers in the 1840s. We wanted Chinese silk, porcelain, and spices. The Chinese didn't want our clothes, tools, or salted herring, and who can blame them? They had no demand. Our solution was to make a demand, by getting large sections of the populace addicted to opium, a drug which the Chinese government had outlawed. When the Chinese understandably objected to this arrangement, we kicked the fuck out of them, set up a puppet government in Peking that hung signs on parks saying NO DOGS OR CHINESE, and occupied this corner of their country as an import base. Fucking godawful behavior, when you think about it. And we accuse them of xenophobia. It would be like the Colombians invading Washington in the early twenty-first century and forcing the White House to legalize heroin. And saying, "Don't worry, we'll show ourselves out, and take Florida while we're at it, okay? Thanks very much.”

Tags : China Drugs Hong Kong Opium Opium Wars
Source : Ghostwritten

11. “Try this for deviancy: fabricants are mirrors held up to purebloods' conscience; what purebloods see reflected there sickens them. So they blame you for holding the mirror."I hid my shock by asking when purebloods might blame themselves.Mephi replied, "History suggests, not until they are made to.”

Tags : Blame Cloud Atlas Disgust Hate History Postmodern Postmodernism Reflection Self Discovery Self Disgust
Source : Cloud Atlas

12. “Fantasy. Lunacy.All revolutions are, until they happen, then they are historical inevitabilities.”

Tags : Fantasy History Revolution
Source : Cloud Atlas

13. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

Tags : Inspirational Travel
Source : Cloud Atlas

14. “Why tinker with the plain truth that we hurry the darker races to their graves in order to take their land & its riches? Wolves don’t sit in their caves, concocting crapulous theories of race to justify devouring a flock of sheep! “Intellectual courage”? True “intellectual courage” is to dispense with these fig leaves & admit all peoples are predatory, but White predators, with our deadly duet of disease dust & firearms, are examplars of predacity par excellence, & what of it?”

Tags : Courage Justify Predators
Source : Cloud Atlas

15. “The Revelation of Sonmi 451 To be is to be perceived, and so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. - Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

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16. “...there ain't no journey what don't change you some.”

Tags : Inspirational Journey Travel
Source : Cloud Atlas

17. “A weapon men use against women is the refusal to take them seriously.”

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Source : Ghostwritten

18. “But if you knew about this…conspiracy, why did you cooperate with it? Why did you allow Hae-Joo Im to get so close to you?Why does any martyr cooperate with his judases?Tell me.We see a game beyond the endgame…But to what end? Some future…revolution? It can never succeed.As Seneca warned Nero: No matter how many of us you kill, you will never kill your successor.”

Tags : Betrayal Conspiracy Dystopia Martyr Purpose Revolution
Source : Cloud Atlas

19. “Faith, the least exclusive club on Earth, has the craftiest doorman. Every time I've stepped through its wide-open doorway, I find myself stepping out on the street again.”

Tags : Faith
Source : Cloud Atlas

20. “If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.”

Tags : Literary Criticism Writing
Source : Black Swan Green

21. “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love.”

Tags : Hate Love Religion
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

22. “Truth is singular. Its 'versions' are mistruths.”

Tags : Cloud Atlas
Source : Cloud Atlas

23. “I believe death is only a door. One closes, and another opens. If I were to imagine heaven, I would imagine a door opening. And he would be waiting for me there.”

Tags : Cloud Atlas
Source : Cloud Atlas

24. “Finished in a frenzy that reminded me of our last night in Cambridge. Watched my final sunrise. Enjoyed a last cigarette. Didn’t think the view could be any more perfect until I saw that beat-up trilby. Honestly, Sixsmith, as ridiculous as that thing makes you look, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything more beautiful. Watched you for as long as I dared. I don’t believe it was a fluke that I saw you first. I believe there is another world waiting for us, Sixsmith. A better world, and I’ll be waiting for you there. I believe we do not stay dead long. Find me beneath the Corsican stars, where we first kissed.Yours eternally, R.F.”

Tags : Cloud Atlas Love Love Letter Lovers Suicide Note
Source : Cloud Atlas

25. “Spent the fortnight gone in the music room reworking my year's fragments into a 'sextet for overlapping soloists': piano, clarinet, 'cello, flute, oboe, and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color. In the first set, each solo is interrupted by its successor; in the second, each interruption is recontinued, in order. Revolutionary or gimmicky? Shan't know until it's finished, and by then it'll be too late.”

Tags : Cloud Atlas Music Self Referential Writing
Source : Cloud Atlas

26. “So winners, Hae-Joo proposed, are the real losers because they learn nothing? What, then, are losers? Winners?”

Tags : Cloud Atlas Improvement Learning From Mistakes Loser Perspective Postmodern Postmodernism Winner Wisdom
Source : Cloud Atlas

27. “Every nowhere is somewhere[...]”

Tags : Cloud Atlas Inspirational Journey Life
Source : Cloud Atlas

28. “All boundaries are conventions.”

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29. “You would think a place the size of England could easily hold all the happenings in one humble lifetime without much overlap—I mean, it’s not ruddy Luxembourg we live in—but no, we cross, crisscross, and recross our old tracks like figure skaters.”

Tags : Cloud Atlas

30. “Her zaman başka bir savaş çıkar, Robert. Kökleri hiçbir zaman tamamen kazınmaz. Savaşları ne alevlendirir? Güç arzusu, insan doğasının belkemiği. Şiddet tehdidi, şiddet korkusu ya da şiddetin kendisi bu dehşet verici arzunun aracıdır. Güç arzusunu yatak odalarında, mutfaklarda, fabrikalarda, sendikalarda ve devletlerin sınırlarında görebilirsin. Bunu iyi dinle ve aklına yaz. Ulus-devlet insan doğasının şişirilip devasa boyutlara getirilmiş halidir, o kadar. İşte bu yüzden, uluslar kanunları şiddetle yazılmış birimlerdir. Her zaman da öyleydiler, her zaman da öyle olacaklar. Savaş, Robert, insanlığın iki ebedi dostundan biridir.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

31. “Bunlardan nasıl bir ahlak dersi çıkarmalı? Barış, Rabbimiz tarafından ne kadar sevilse de, ancak komşularınız da sizin gibi vicdanlıysa esas erdemlerden biri sayılır.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

32. “My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

33. “A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

34. “Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

35. “Trees're always a relief, after people.”

Tags : Alienation Forest Humanity Nature Trees
Source : Black Swan Green

36. “Go on, my dear," urges the snake. "Take one. Hear it? 'Pluck me,' it's saying. That big, shiny red one. 'Pluck me, pluck me now and pluck me hard.' You know you want to.""But God," quotes Eve, putting out feelers for an agent provacateur, clever girl, "expressly forbids us to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.""Ah yessssss, God ... But God gave us life, did He not? And God gave us desire, did He not? And God gave us taste, did He not? And who else but God made the damned apples in the first place? So what else is life for but to tassste the fruit we desire?"Eve folds her arms schoolgirlishly. "God expressly forbade it. Adam said."The snake grins through his fangs, admiring Eve's playacting. "God is a nice enough chap in His way. I daresay He means well. But between you and The Tree of Knowledge, He is terribly insecure.""Insecure? He made the entire bloody universe! He's omnipotent.""Exactly! Almost neurotic, isn't it? All this worshiping, morning, noon, and night. It's 'Oh Praise Him, Oh Praise Him, Oh Praise the Everlassssting Lord.' I don't call that omnipotent. I call it pathetic. Most independent authorities agree that God has never sufficiently credited the work of virtual particles in the creation of the universssse. He raises you and Adam on this diet of myths while all the really interesting information is locked up in these juicy apples. Seven days? Give me a break.”

Tags : Adam And Eve Apple God Knowledge Myth Religion Serpent Snake Tree Of Knowledge
Source : Ghostwritten

37. “Holly steps back. Being warned about a ghost and seeing him are not the same. 'What did they do to you?'Some of the Anchorites laugh. Hugo looks back at his long-ago lover. 'They'-he looks about the Chapel-'cured me. They cured me of a terrible wasting disease called mortality. There's a lot of it about. The young hold out for a time, but eventually even the hardiest patient gets reduced to a desiccated embryo, a Strudlebug...a veined, scrawny, dribbling...bone clock, whose face betrays how very, very little time they have left.”

Tags : Climax Death Immortality Life Metaphor Mortality Speech Time Title

38. “Have you noticed," said John, "how countries call theirs 'sovereign nuclear deterrents,' but call the other countries' ones 'weapons of mass destruction'?”

Tags : Bombs Nuclear War Weapons Of Mass Destruction Wmd
Source : Ghostwritten

39. “(both circumvented the handicap of deafness by answering only those questions they believed had been asked & accepting only those answers they believed had been uttered - a stratagem embraced by many an American advocate)”

Tags : Rewriting History Selective Hearing Willful Ignorance
Source : Cloud Atlas

40. “Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”

Tags : Books Escape Reading
Source : Cloud Atlas

41. “Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable haemophilia: you bleed and bleed and bleed.”

Tags : Grief Grief And Loss Hope And Despair
Source : Slade House

42. “Sometimes John had recorded new compositions, or lines from his new poems. Sometimes he'd just record a busy night in The Green Man. Sometimes sheep, seals, skylarks, the wind turbine. If Liam were home there would be some Liam. The summer fair. The Fastnet Race. I would unfold my map of Clear Island. Those tapes prised the lid off homesickness and rattled out the contents, but always at the bottom was solace.”

Tags : Family Homesickness Solace
Source : Ghostwritten

43. “Joy Division throbbed in the background.”

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44. “Why’s it okay to draw spaceships if you’re seven, but not okay to draw diabolical mazes?”

Tags : Mazes Spaceships
Source : The Bone Clocks

45. “The silences after his last gasp were sung together by a blackbird. I lay there, my eyes unable to close. His were unable to open. I listed the places where I hurt, and how much. My loins felt ripped. Something inside had torn. There were seven places on my body where he had sunk his fangs into my skin and bitten. He'd dug his nails into my neck, and twisted my head to one side, and clawed my face. I hadn't made a noise. He had made all the noise for both of us. Had it hurt him?”

Tags : Haunting Pain Rape Violence
Source : Ghostwritten

46. “I would agree with your statement that many of my protagonists are outsiders. I wonder if we all are, and even people who don't think they are, and they're just better at masking it. When we shut our bedroom door at night, however well-integrated we think we are with the rest of society, maybe there's something illusory about that...”

Tags : Integration Life Margins Outsiders Society

47. “The secret of happiness is to ignore your reflection in mirrors once you’re over forty.”

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Source : The Bone Clocks

48. “& everywhere he observed that casual brutality lighter races show the darker.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

49. “The night in question, I had put aside my perpetual lavatory read, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, because of all the manuscripts (inedible green tomatoes) submitted to Cavendish-Redux, my new stable of champions. I suppose it was about eleven o'clock when I heard my front door being interfered with. Skinhead munchkins mug-or-treating?Cherry knockers? The wind?Next thing I knew, the door flew in off its ruddy hinges! I was thinking al-Queda, I was thinking ball lightning, but no. Down the hallway tramped what seemed like an entire rugby team, though the intruders numbered only three. (You'll notice, I am always attacked in threes.) "Timothy," pronounced the gargoyliest, "Cavendish, I presume. Caught with your cacks down.""My business hours are eleven to two, gentlemen," Bogart would have said, "with a three-hour break for lunch. Kindly leave." All I could do was blurt, "Oy! My door! My ruddy door!”

Tags : Humor Mob
Source : Cloud Atlas

50. “Yet for the first time in three days, I want something. I want the forest lord to turn me into a cedar. The very oldest islanders say that if you are in the interior mountains on the night when the forest lord counts his trees, he includes you in the number and turns you into a tree.”

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Source : number9dream

51. “Glass & peace alike betray proof of fragility under repeated blows.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

52. “After years of working with missionaries, I am tempted to conclude that their endeavors merely prolong a dying race's agonies for ten or twenty years. The merciful plowman shoots a trusty horse grown too old for service. As philanthropists, might it not be our duty to likewise ameliorate the savages' sufferings by hastening their extinction? Think of your Red Indians, Adam, think on the treaties you Americans abrogate & renege on, time & time & time again. More humane, surely & more honest, just to knock the savages on the head & get it over with?”

Tags : Elitism Genocide Indigenous Peoples Justification Justifying Genocide Justifying Murder Missionaries Oppressors Racism
Source : Cloud Atlas

53. “Any society's upper-crust is riddled with immorality, how else d'you think they keep their power? Reputation is king of the public sphere, not private. It is dethroned by public acts.”

Tags : Morality Private Public Reputation Society
Source : Cloud Atlas

54. “Es un ciclo tan antiguo como el tribalismo. Todo comienza con la ignorancia. La ignorancia genera miedo. El miedo genera odio y el odio genera violencia. La violencia provoca más violencia hasta que la única ley viene dictada por la voluntad del más fuerte.”

Tags : Español Fear Hate Ignorance Ignorancia Law Ley Miedo Odio Spanish
Source : Cloud Atlas

55. “... in a cycle as old as tribalism, ignorance of the Other engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence; violence engenders further violence until the only "rights", the only law, are whatever is willed by the most powerful.”

Tags : Fear Hatred Ignorance Power Violence
Source : Cloud Atlas

56. “The pollenless trees were genomed to repel bugs and birds; the stagnant air reeked of insecticide.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

57. “Probably in a parallel universe not far from here, I'm working for Nintendo.”

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58. “Judith Rey watches the young woman. Once upon a time, I had a baby daughter. I dressed her in frilly frocks, enrolled her for ballet classes, and sent her to horse-riding camp five summers in a row. But look at her. She turned into Lester anyway. She kisses Luisa’s forehead. Luisa frowns, suspiciously, like a teenager. “What?”

Tags : Children Daughter Father Growing Up Human Nature Identity Mother Parents Roles
Source : Cloud Atlas

59. “I recalled my father-in-law's aphorism "To fool a judge, feign fascination, but to bamboozle the whole court, feign boredom..." & I pretended to extract a speck from my eye.”

Tags : Advice Human Nature
Source : Cloud Atlas

60. “Scholars discern motions in history & formulate these motions into rules that govern the rises & falls of civilizations. My belief runs contrary, however. To wit: history admits no rules; only outcomes.What precipitates outcomes? Vicious acts & virtuous acts.What precipitates acts? Belief.Belief is both prize & battlefield, within the mind & in the mind’s mirror, the world. If we believe humanity is a ladder of tribes, a colosseum of confrontation, exploitation & bestiality, such a humanity is surely brought into being, & history's Horroxes, Boerhaaves & Gooses shall prevail. You & I, the moneyed, the privileged, the fortunate, shall not fare so badly in this world, provided our luck holds. What of it if our consciences itch? Why undermine the dominance of our race, our gunships, our heritage & our legacy? Why fight the “natural” (oh, weaselly word!) order of things?Why? Because of this:—one fine day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself. Yes, the devil shall take the hindmost until the foremost is the hindmost. In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul. For the human species, selfishness is extinction.Is this the doom written within our nature?If we believe that humanity may transcend tooth & claw, if we believe divers races & creeds can share this world as peaceably as the orphans share their candlenut tree, if we believe that leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable & the riches of the Earth & its Oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass. I am not deceived. It is the hardest of worlds to make real. Torturous advances won over generations can be lost by a single stroke of a myopic president’s pen or a vainglorious general’s sword.A life spent shaping a world I want Jackson to inherit, not one I fear Jackson shall inherit, this strikes me as a life worth the living.”

Tags : Belief Humanity Life And Living
Source : Cloud Atlas

61. “Scholars discern motions of history & formulate these motions into rules that govern the rises & falls of civilizations. My belief runs contrary, however. To wit: history admits no rules, only outcomes. What precipitates outcomes? Vicious acts and virtuous acts. What precipitates acts? Belief.”

Tags : Belief
Source : Cloud Atlas

62. “I’d always worried but kissing’s not so tricky. Your lips know what to do, just like sea anenomes know what to do. Kissing spins you, like Flying Tea-Cups. Oxygen the girl breathes out, you breathe in.”

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Source : Black Swan Green

63. “If the affluent cannot afford hope, you cannot expect the destitute to pay for desperation.”

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Source : Ghostwritten

64. “Mental maps. Maps with edges. And for Auden, for so many of us, it's the edges of the maps that fascinate...”

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Source : The Bone Clocks

65. “Every Adam needs an Eve.”

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Source : The Bone Clocks

66. “What's the book like?""Well, some of it's twaddle, but mostly it's just piffle. Cheers!”

Tags : Books Piffle Twaddle
Source : Ghostwritten

67. “Three or four times only in my youth did I glimpse the Joyous Isles, before they were lost to fogs, depressions, cold fronts, ill winds, and contrary tides... I mistook them for adulthood. Assuming they were a fixed feature in my life's voyage, I neglected to record their latitude, their longitude, their approach. Young ruddy fool. What wouldn't I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.”

Tags : Geography Happiness
Source : Cloud Atlas

68. “Un libro leído a medias es una aventura amorosa incompleta.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

69. “Snarling an oath from an Icelandic saga, I reclaimed my place at the head of the queue. "Oy!" yelled a punk rocker, with studs in his cranium. "There's a fackin' queue!"Never apologize, advises Lloyd George. Say it again, only this time, ruder. "I know there's a 'fackin' queue'! I already queued in it once and I am not going to queue in it again just because Nina Simone over there won't sell me a ruddy ticket!"A colored yeti in a clip-on uniform swooped. "Wassa bovver?""This old man here reckons his colostomy bag entitles him to jump the queue," said the skinhead, "and make racist slurs about the lady of Afro-Caribbean extraction in the advance-travel window."I couldn't believe I was hearing this.”

Tags : Absurd Humor London Punk Racism Skinhead
Source : Cloud Atlas

70. “What if the differences between social strata stem not from genomics or inherent xcellence or even dollars, but merely differences in knowledge? Would this not mean the whole Pyramid is built on shifting sands?" I speculated such a suggestion could be seen as a serious deviancy. Melphi seemed delited. "Try this for deviancy: fabricants are mirrors held up to purebloods' consciences; what purebloods see reflected there sickens them. So they blame you for holding up the mirror." I hid my shock by asking when purebloods might blame themselves. Melphi relplied, "History suggests, not until they are made to.”

Tags : Consciousness Equality Hatred Justice Perception Racism
Source : Cloud Atlas

71. “Shit, meet Fan. Fan, this is Shit.”

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Source : The Bone Clocks

72. “The potatoes were starch grenades. The canned carrots were revolting because that is their nature.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

73. “As an experienced editor, I disapprove of flashbacks, foreshadowings, and tricksy devices; they belong in the 1980s with M.A.s in postmodernism and chaos theory.”

Tags : Postmodernism Satire Writing
Source : Cloud Atlas

74. “Temple of the Rat King. Ark of the Soot God. Sphincter of Hades. Yes, King's Cross Station, where, according to Knuckle Sandwich, a blow job costs only five quid - any of the furthest-left three cubicles in the men's lavvy downstairs, twenty-four hours a day.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

75. “While much of her true name lay beyond my knowledge of the Noongar language, as the minutes passed I understood that her name was also a history of her people, a sort of Bayeux Tapestry that bound myth with loves, births, deaths; hunts, battles, journeys; droughts, fires, storms; and names of every host within whose body Moombaki had sojourned.”

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Source : The Bone Clocks

76. “Italians give their city sexes, and they all agree that the sex for a particular city is quite correct, but none of them can explain why. I love that. London's middle-aged and male, respectably married but secretly gay.”

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Source : Ghostwritten

77. “His skin was blotched as a dying banana.”

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Source : Black Swan Green

78. “A single night is stuffed with minutes, but they leak out, one by one.”

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Source : number9dream

79. “Do you know? He says. "I feel I've known you for years, not ninety minutes.”

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Source : Cloud Atlas

80. “Don’t mess with the fairies.”

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Source : The Bone Clocks

81. “What man ain't the honestest cove in his own eyes?" Grote's round face is a bronze moon in the dark. "'Tain't good intentions what paves the road to hell: it's self-justifyin's.”

Tags : Good Intentions Honesty Self Justification Self Perception
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

82. “When pain is vivid, when decisions are keen-edged,we believe that we are the surgeons.But time passes, and one sees the whole more clearly,and now I perceive us as surgical instruments used by the world.”

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Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

83. “If poor doomed Olly’s a Radio 4 play, what am I?””“You, Hugo,” she kisses my earlobe, “are a sordid, low-budget French film. The sort you’d stumble across on TV at night. You know you’ll regret it in the morning, but you keep watching anyway.”

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Source : The Bone Clocks

84. “Laughter is an anarchic blasphemy. Tyrants are wise to fear it.”

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85. “People're always buried facing west, so at the end of time when the Last Trumpet blows, all the dead people'll claw their way up and walk due west to the throne of Jesus to be judged. . . . Suicides, mind, get buried facing north. They won't be able to find Jesus 'cause dead people only walk in straight lines. . . . Isn't no god better than one who does that to people?”

Tags : Death North Suicide West
Source : Black Swan Green

86. “Gulls wheel through spokes of sunlight over gracious roofs and dowdy thatch, snatching entrails at the marketplace and escaping over cloistered gardens, spike topped walls and treble-bolted doors. Gulls alight on whitewashed gables, creaking pagodas and dung-ripe stables; circle over towers and cavernous bells and over hidden squares where urns of urine sit by covered wells, watched by mule-drivers, mules and wolf-snouted dogs, ignored by hunch-backed makers of clogs; gather speed up the stoned-in Nakashima River and fly beneath the arches of its bridges, glimpsed form kitchen doors, watched by farmers walking high, stony ridges. Gulls fly through clouds of steam from laundries' vats; over kites unthreading corpses of cats; over scholars glimpsing truth in fragile patterns; over bath-house adulterers, heartbroken slatterns; fishwives dismembering lobsters and crabs; their husbands gutting mackerel on slabs; woodcutters' sons sharpening axes; candle-makers, rolling waxes; flint-eyed officials milking taxes; etiolated lacquerers; mottle-skinned dyers; imprecise soothsayers; unblinking liars; weavers of mats; cutters of rushes; ink-lipped calligraphers dipping brushes; booksellers ruined by unsold books; ladies-in-waiting; tasters; dressers; filching page-boys; runny-nosed cooks; sunless attic nooks where seamstresses prick calloused fingers; limping malingerers; swineherds; swindlers; lip-chewed debtors rich in excuses; heard-it-all creditors tightening nooses; prisoners haunted by happier lives and ageing rakes by other men's wives; skeletal tutors goaded to fits; firemen-turned-looters when occasion permits; tongue-tied witnesses; purchased judges; mothers-in-law nurturing briars and grudges; apothecaries grinding powders with mortars; palanquins carrying not-yet-wed daughters; silent nuns; nine-year-old whores; the once-were-beautiful gnawed by sores; statues of Jizo anointed with posies; syphilitics sneezing through rotted-off noses; potters; barbers; hawkers of oil; tanners; cutlers; carters of night-soil; gate-keepers; bee-keepers; blacksmiths and drapers; torturers; wet-nurses; perjurers; cut-purses; the newborn; the growing; the strong-willed and pliant; the ailing; the dying; the weak and defiant; over the roof of a painter withdrawn first from the world, then his family, and down into a masterpiece that has, in the end, withdrawn from its creator; and around again, where their flight began, over the balcony of the Room of Last Chrysanthemum, where a puddle from last night's rain is evaporating; a puddle in which Magistrate Shiroyama observes the blurred reflections of gulls wheeling through spokes of sunlight. This world, he thinks, contains just one masterpiece, and that is itself.”

Tags : Sublime
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

87. “He also administered the school's corporal punishment known as The Wacks - which I was told, involved being hit with a big gym shoe made heftier by a kitchen weight wedged in the toe. The gym shoes name was Charlie. It is surely one of the world's greatest sadnesess that billions of shoes go about their benevolent businesses in aid of mankind, day after day, protecting feet providing warmth and support, unselfishly getting ducked in puddles, smeared in dog shit and yet remained unnamed. Whereas this nasty cunt of a show got lavished with affection like a pet.”

Tags : Cunt

88. “Disco's are tricky. You look a total wally if you dance too early but after one crucial song tips the disco over, you look a sad saddo if you don't.”

Tags : Dance Disco Humor Music
Source : Black Swan Green

89. “Peace, though beloved of our Lord, is a cardinal virtue only if your neighbors share your conscience.”

Tags : Pacificism Peace
Source : Cloud Atlas

90. “. . .my dreams are the single unpredictable factor in my zoned days and nights. Nobody allots them, or censors them. Dreams are all I have ever truly owned.”

Tags : Dreams
Source : Cloud Atlas

91. “To enslave an individual troubles your consciences, Archivist, but to enslave a clone is no more troubling than owning the latest six-wheeler ford, ethically. Because you cannot discern our differences, you assume we have none. But make no mistake: even same-stem fabricants cultured in the same wombtank are as singular as snowflakes.”

Tags : Clones Dystopia Science Fiction Slavery
Source : Cloud Atlas

92. “Not a clue – and, no, I don’t touch drugs. The world’s unstable enough without scrambling your brain for kicks.”

Tags : Brain Drugs Kicks Unstable World
Source : The Bone Clocks

93. “Nothing is more tiresome than being told what to admire, and having things pointed at with a stick.-Robert Frobisher”

Tags : Lemmings Style Consultants
Source : Cloud Atlas

94. “The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature.”

Tags : Francis Bacon Human Nature
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

95. “Never too late. Shooting is prayer. And when civilisation shuts up shop, a gun’ll be worth any number of university degrees.”

Tags : Civilisation Gun Shop University Degree
Source : The Bone Clocks

96. “Been thinking of my grandfather, whose wayward brilliance skipped my father’s generation. Once, he showed me an aquatint of a certain Siamese temple. Don’t recall its name, but ever since a disciple of the Buddha preached on the spot centuries ago, every bandit king, tyrant, and monarch of that kingdom has enhanced it with marble towers, scented arboretums, gold-leafed domes, lavished murals on its vaulted ceilings, set emeralds into the eyes of its statuettes. When the temple finally equals its counterpart in the Pure Land, so the story goes, that day humanity shall have fulfilled its purpose, and Time itself shall come to an end.To men like Ayrs, it occurs to me, this temple is civilization. The masses, slaves, peasants, and foot soldiers exist in the cracks of its flagstones, ignorant even of their ignorance. Not so the great statesmen, scientists, artists, and most of all, the composers of the age, any age, who are civilization’s architects, masons, and priests. Ayrs sees our role is to make civilization ever more resplendent. My employer’s profoundest, or only, wish is to create a minaret that inheritors of Progress a thousand years from now will point to and say, “Look, there is Vyvyan Ayrs!”How vulgar, this hankering after immortality, how vain, how false. Composers are merely scribblers of cave paintings. One writes music because winter is eternal and because, if one didn’t, the wolves and blizzards would be at one’s throat all the sooner.”

Tags : Civilization Composer Immortality Music
Source : Cloud Atlas

97. “So little is actually worthy of belief or disbelief. Better to strive to coexist than seek to disapprove . . .”

Tags : Belief Coexistence
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

98. “At dawn the waves looked like mountain ranges tipped with gold as sunbeams slanted low under burgundy clouds.”

Tags : Clouds Nature Sun Water Waves
Source : Cloud Atlas

99. “Quienquiera que se inventase eso de que el dinero no hace la felicidad, se regocija Lloyd Hooks, está claro que no tenía bastante.”

Tags : Dinero Español Felicidad Happiness Money Spanish
Source : Cloud Atlas

100. “Lady Moon rose an' gazed o'er my busted'n'beautsome Valleys with silv'ry'n'sorryin' eyes, an' the dingos mourned for the died uns.”

Tags : Aftermath Death Description Destruction Moon Mourning Personification
Source : Cloud Atlas

101. “Wars do not combust without warning. They begin as little fires over the horizon. Wars approach. A wise man watches for the smoke, and prepares to vacate the neighborhood just like Ayrs and Jocasta. My worry is that the next war will be so big, nowhere with a decent restaurant will be left untouched.”

Tags : Foodie Restaurant War Warning
Source : Cloud Atlas

102. “Photos’re better than nothing, but things’re better than photos ’cause the things themselves were part of what was there.”

Tags : Love Memories Momentos
Source : Black Swan Green

103. “(...)entre todas las razas del mundo, nuestra sed, o mejor dicho, nuestra avidez, de tesoros, de oro, de especias y de dominio, ¡oh, si!, sobre todo del dulce dominio, ¡es la más aguda, la más insaciable, la más carente de todo escrúpulo! Es esta avidez la que alimenta nuestro progreso, no sé si con fines diabólicos o divinos. Ni usted tampoco lo sabe, señor. Ni yo tengo el menor interés en saberlo. Simplemente, me alegro de que el Creador me arrojase del lado de los vencedores.”

Tags : Diabolical Diabólico Divine Divino Español Progreso Progress Spanish Vencer Win Winner
Source : Cloud Atlas

104. “I put it to the great man [Hitchcock], the key to fictitious terror is partition or containment: so long as the Bates Motel is sealed off from our world, we want to peer in, like at a scorpion enclosure. But a film that shows the world is a Bates Motel, well, that's... the stuff of Buchloe, dystopia, depression. We'll dip our toes in a predatory, amoral, godless unive3rse, but only our toes.”

Tags : Hitchcock Horror Movies Thriller
Source : Cloud Atlas

105. “La segunda ley de la supervivencia afirma que no existe una segunda ley. O comes o te comen. Punto.”

Tags : Español Law Ley Spanish
Source : Cloud Atlas

106. “Scienza, come un generale, significa identificare i nemici: erudizione trasmessa e ipotesi non dimostrate; superstizione e ciarlataneria; la paura dei tiranni del cittadino istruito; e, più pericoloso di tutti, la passione dell'uomo a prendersi in giro. Diceva bene Bacone, l'inglese: "La comprensione umana è come un falso specchio, che ricevendo raggi irregolarmente, distorce e scolora la natura delle cose mescolando la sua propria natura con essa”

Tags : Scienza
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

107. “Primero, (...) convencelos de que eres feliz aqui, (...) porque solo así dejarán de vigilarte.”

Tags : David Mitchell Spanish Spanish Quote
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

108. “La creación no terminó el sexto día, (...) la creación sucede a nuestro al rededor, a pesar y a través de nosotros, a la velocidad de los días y las noches, y nos gusta llamarla <>.”

Tags : David Mitchell Love Spanish Quote Translated Text
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

109. “La creación no terminó al sexto día (...) la creación sucede a nuestro alrededor, a pesar y a través de nosotros, a la velocidad de los días y las noches, y nos gusta llamarla: Amor.”

Tags : David Mitchell Spanish Quote Translated
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

110. “El entendimiento humano es como un espejo falso que, al recibir de forma desigual los rayos de luz, distorciona la naturaleza de las cosas, puesto que mezcla en ellas su propia naturaleza.”

Tags : David Mitchell Spanish Spanish Quote
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

111. “Mi verdadero nombre no se lo digo a nadie, para que nadie pueda robarmelo.”

Tags : David Mitchell Spanish Spanish Quote
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

112. “El hombre contrajo esa enfermedad que la gente llama amor verdadedo. Y de eso ha terminado muriendo.”

Tags : David Mitchell Spanish Spanish Quote
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

113. “Ojalá el tiempo fuese una secuencia de movimientos ordenados, y no un trafago de resbalones y tropiezos.”

Tags : David Mitchell Mil Otoños Spanish Spanish Quote
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

114. “...the thought of covering her in anything is Byronically diverting.”

Tags : Byron Humor
Source : The Bone Clocks

115. “As for reading, I wish I had a magic door to a library where I could go in, read for days and days, and come back in the same minute I left. I'm still looking for the door.”

Tags : Books Door Guardian Interview Libraries Library Reading Webchat

116. “In March of 1915, all three of Lord and Lady Chetwynd-Pitt's sons'd been gassed, blown up or machine-gunned in the very same week at the battle of Neuve-Chapelle. All three. Imagine that: On Monday, you've got three sons, by Friday you've got none. Lady Albertina had just, y'know, caved in. Physically, mentally, spiritually, brutally.”

Tags : David Mitchell Grief And Loss Horror Lords And Ladies Neuve Chapelle Slade House
Source : Slade House

117. “Anonymous, faceless homicides, he decides, lack the thrill of human contact.”

Tags : Homicide
Source : Cloud Atlas

118. “People buy such bollocks at museums. They don't know what else to do once they're there.”

Tags : Buying Gift Stores Museums Stores
Source : The Bone Clocks

119. “Si la ciencia es capaz de sentir ¿Cúal es su deseo supremo? O dicho de otro modo, cuando el hipotetico durmiente se despierte en el año 1899, ¿el mundo se parecerá mas al paraiso o al infierno?”

Tags : David Mitchell Spanish Spanish Quotes
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

120. “Right, my phone. When these things first appeared, they were so cool. Only when it was too late did people realize they are as cool as electronic tags on remand prisoners.”

Tags : Cell Phones Technology
Source : Ghostwritten

121. “Always, it is the poor people who pay. And always, it is the poor people's women who pay the most.”

Tags : Class Struggle War Women
Source : Ghostwritten

122. “Perfume counters in department stores, Holly Deblin smells of, the middle of July, and cinnamon Tic Tacs.”

Tags : First Kiss Love Lovers Young Love Young Lovers
Source : Black Swan Green

123. “Will I be some kid’s dad one day? Are any future people lurking deep inside mine?...Which girl’s carrying the other half of my kid, deep in those intricate loops? What’s she doing right now? What’s her name?”

Tags : Birth Love Pregnancy Teenage Love Young Love
Source : Black Swan Green

124. “One can spot a fellow musician in any context, even amongst policemen. The craziest-eyed, unruliest-haired one, either hungry-skinny or jovial-portly.”

Tags : Musicians
Source : Cloud Atlas

125. “If ever a place had a karma of damnation, it's Rottnest. And all those slick galleries selling Aboriginal art were eroding away my will to live. It's as if Germans built a Jewish food hall over Buchenwald.”

Tags : Aboriginal Australia Rottnest Island
Source : The Bone Clocks

126. “Your leaders must know powerful magic. Yes, said one of the women. The magic is called Marx, Stalin, Lenin and Class Dialectics. It didn't sound like very powerful magic to me.”

Tags : Communism Marxism
Source : Ghostwritten

127. “But, Henry, this is wicked!' But, Adam, the world is wicked. Maoris prey on Moriori, Whites prey on darker-hued cousins, fleas prey on mice, cats prey on rats, Christians on infidels, first mates on cabin boys, Death on the Living. 'The weak are meat, the strong do eat.”

Tags : Cycle Of Life Humanity Life
Source : Cloud Atlas

128. “Fire’s the sun, unwindin’ itself out o’ the wood.”

Tags : Campfire Fire Wood
Source : Black Swan Green

129. “There are different ways people make this place. Sweat, exercise and pain is one way. You can see them in the gyms, in the well-ordered swimming pools. You can see them jogging in the small, worn parks. Another way to make your place is TV. A bright, brash place, always well lit, full of fun and jokes that tell you when to laugh so you never miss them. World news carefully edited so that it’s not too disturbing, but disturbing enough to make you glad that you weren’t born in a foreign country. News with music to tell you who to hate, who to feel sorry for, and who laugh at.”

Tags : People Television Truth World
Source : Ghostwritten

130. “...if you bare your arse to a vengeful unicorn, the number of possible outcomes dwindles to one.”

Tags : Naivete Revenge
Source : The Bone Clocks

131. “But this isn't a ghost story: the ghost is in the background, where she has to be. If she was in the foreground she'd be a person.”

Tags : Ghosts Stories
Source : Ghostwritten

132. “The heating systems composed works in the style of John Cage.”

Tags : Avant Garde Humor Music
Source : Cloud Atlas

133. “To implant belief . . . is to dominate the believers.”

Tags : Belief Domination
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

134. “If consumers found fulfillment at any meaningful level, she extemporized, corpocracy would be finished.”

Tags : Consumerism Contentment
Source : Cloud Atlas

135. “My right foot hits the ground first, but my left one's gone AWOL, and I'm cartwheeling, my body mapped by local explosions of pain -- ankle, knee, elbow -- shit, my left ski's gone, whipped off, vamoosed -- ground-woods-sky, ground-woods-sky ground-woods-sky, a faceful of gravelly snow; dice in a tumbler; apples in a tumble dryer, a grunt, a groan, a plea, a shiiiiiiiiit ... [ ... ]Gravity, velocity, and the ground; stopping is going to cost a fortune and the only acceptable currency is pain.”

Tags : Humor Skiing
Source : The Bone Clocks

136. “Politicians and sports coaches both need to be smart enough to master the game, but dumb enough to think it matters.”

Tags : Sports
Source : number9dream

137. “Men marry women hoping they'll never change. Women marry men hoping they will.”

Tags : Expectations Living Up To Potential Marriage Men Relationships Women
Source : The Bone Clocks

138. “Patience's design flaw became obvious for the first time in my life: the outcome is decided not during the course of play but when the cards are shuffled, before the game even begins. How pointless is that?”

Tags : Life Luck Patience Solitaire
Source : Cloud Atlas

139. “What sparks wars? The will to power, the backbone of human nature. The threat of violence, the fear of violence, or actual violence, is the instrument of this dreadful will. You can see the will to power in bedrooms, kitchens, factories, unions and the borders of states. Listen to this and remember it. The nation state is merely human nature inflated to monstrous proportions. QED, nations are entities whose laws are written by violence. Thus it ever was, so ever shall it be.”

Tags : Power Violence War
Source : Cloud Atlas

140. “Do you ever think you might be a different species of human, knitted out of raw DNA in a laboratory like in The Island of Doctor Moreau, and then turned loose to see if you can pass yourself off as normal or not?”

Tags : Dark Humor Dark Humour Different
Source : Slade House

141. “Surgeons are a singular brotherhood, Adam. To us, people aren't sacred beings crafted in the Almighty's image, no, people are joints of meat; diseased, leathery meat, yes, but meat ready for the skewer & the spit." He mimicked my usual voice, very well. "'But why *me*, Henry, are we not friends?' Well, Adam, even friends are made out of meat.”

Tags : Death Friendship Life Meat Murder Surgeon
Source : Cloud Atlas

142. “I think that the cultural dominance of narrative forms that seduce you with character and plot perhaps at the expense of ideas, like The Magic Mountain [won’t last]. Starvation sharpens the appetite.”

Tags : Contemporary Literature

143. “The Buried Bishop’s a gridlocked scrum, an all-you-can-eat of youth: ‘Stephen Hawking and the Dalai Lama, right; they posit a unified truth’; short denim skirts, Gap and Next shirts, Kurt Cobain cardigans, black Levi’s; ‘Did you see that oversexed pig by the loos, undressing me with his eyes?’; that song by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl booms in my diaphragm and knees; ‘Like, my only charity shop bargains were headlice, scabies, and fleas’; a fug of hairspray, sweat and Lynx, Chanel No. 5, and smoke; well-tended teeth with zero fillings, revealed by the so-so joke — ‘Have you heard the news about Schrodinger’s Cat? It died today; wait — it didn’t, did, didn’t, did…’; high-volume discourse on who’s the best Bond … Sartre, Bart Simpson, Barthes’s myths; ‘Make mine a double’; George Michael’s stubble; ‘Like, music expired with the Smiths’; and futures all starry; fetal think-tankers, judges, and bankers…power and money, like Pooh Bear and honey, stick fast — I don’t knock it, it’s me; and speaking of loins, ‘Has anyone told you you look like Demi Moore from Ghost?’; roses are red and violets are blue, I’ve a surplus of butter and Ness is warm toast.”

Tags : Brilliant Prose Narrative Rhyme

144. “...it’s not just the person who fills a house, it’s their I’ll be back later!s, their toothbrushes and unused hats and coats, their belongingnesses.”

Tags : Loneliness Lonely Lonely People Missing Missing Someone Missing You
Source : Black Swan Green

145. “It'll be all right." Julia's gentleness makes it worse. "In the end, Jace.""It doesn't feel very all right.""That's because it's not the end.”

Tags : All Right Hope In The End

146. “Mother used to say escape is never further than the nearest book.”

Tags : Books Escape
Source : Cloud Atlas

147. “Nada mas caro, que objeto que no tiene precio.”

Tags : David Mitchell Ogawa Spanish Translated Text
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

148. “Teachers're always using that "in your own words." I hate that. Authors knit their sentences tight. It's their job. Why make us unpick them, just to put it back together more shonkily? How're you s'posed to say Kapellmeister if you can't say Kapellmeister?”

Tags : Humor School Truth
Source : Black Swan Green

149. “Reading off a page is like looking down at a landscape from a balloon – your eye "sees" the story as well as reads it, its layout, its paragraphs and structure, and "remembers" what it just read because it's still there, on the page, simultaneously. If you want to, you can reread any line instantly; or linger; or speed up; or optically "flinch." Reading a series of tweets is more like looking through a narrow window from a train speeding through a landscape full of tunnels and bands of light and dark. Each tweet erases its predecessor.”

Tags : Absorbing Books Concentration Reading Tweets Twitter Visualization

150. “Coffee’s the elixir of life.”

Tags : Fun
Source : Slade House

151. “The body is the outermost layer of the mind.”

Tags : Body Mind
Source : number9dream

152. “The better organized the state, the duller its humanity.”

Tags : Humorous Philosophy
Source : Cloud Atlas

153. “Ambassadors are idiots who possess only one skill: outkowtowing one another at official functions.”

Tags : Ambassadors
Source : Ghostwritten

154. “The last of the cherry blossom. On the tree, itturns ever more perfect. And when it’s perfect, it falls. And then of course once it hits theground it gets all mushed up. So it’s only absolutely perfect when it’s falling through the air,this way and that, for the briefest time!.!.!.”

Tags : Life Perfect Philosophy

155. “What surer sign is there that the creative aquifers are dry than a writer creating a writer-character?”

Tags : Humor Literary Criticism Self Deprecating
Source : The Bone Clocks

156. “A book can’t be a half fantasy any more than a woman can be half pregnant.”

Tags : Humor Literary Criticism Self Deprecating
Source : The Bone Clocks

157. “Empires die, like all of us dancers in the strobe-lit dark. See how the light needs shadows.”

Tags : Dancers Dark Empires Light Shadows
Source : The Bone Clocks

158. “Being born’s a hell of a lottery”

Tags : Being Born Lottery
Source : The Bone Clocks

159. “Here’s the truth: Who is spared love is spared grief.”

Tags : Grief Love Spared Truth
Source : The Bone Clocks

160. “If you’re in your life, chance. Viewed from the outside, like a book you’re reading, it’s fate all the way.”

Tags : Chance Fate Life
Source : Ghostwritten

161. “He thinks of the all steps that gathered this party and marvels at the weaverless looms of fortune.”

Tags : Chance
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

162. “Birth deals us out a hand of cards, but as important as their value is the place we are dealt them in.”

Tags : Place
Source : Ghostwritten

163. “The double-crossed, might-have-been history of my country is not the study of what actually took place here: it's the study of historians' studies. . . .Memories are their own descendants masquerading as the ancestors of the present.”

Tags : History Memory Place
Source : Ghostwritten

164. “London is a language. I guess all places are.”

Tags : Language Place
Source : Ghostwritten

165. “Tokyo is too close up to see, sometimes. There are no distances and everything is above your head - dentists, kindergartens, dance studios. Even the roads and walkways are up on murky stilts. An evil-twin Venice with all the water drained away.”

Tags : Tokyo
Source : number9dream

166. “Nothing often poses in men as wisdom.”

Tags : Faking It
Source : Ghostwritten

167. “Lying's wrong, but when the world spins backwards, a small wrong may be a big right.”

Tags : Lie Right Wrong
Source : Cloud Atlas

168. “Rights are susceptible to subversion, as even granite is susceptible to erosion. My fifth Declaration posits how, in a cycle as old as tribalism, ignorance of the Other engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence; violence engenders further violence until the only “rights,” the only law, are whatever is willed by the most powerful”

Tags : Power Rights
Source : Cloud Atlas

169. “...I shall pledge myself to the Abolitionist cause, because I owe my life to a self-freed slave & because I must begin somewhere. I hear my father-in-law's response: 'Oho, fine, Whiggish sentiments, Adam. But don't tell *me* about justice! Ride to Tennessee on an ass & convince the rednecks that they are merely white-washed negroes & their negroes that they are black-washed Whites! Sail to the Old World, tell 'em their imperial slaves' rights are as inalienable as the Queen of Belgium's! Oh, you'll grow hoarse, poor & gray in caucuses! You'll be spat on, shot at, lynched, pacified with medals, spurned by backwoodsmen! Crucified! Naïve, dreaming Adam. He who would do battle with the many-headed hydra of human nature must pay a world of pain & his family must pay along with him! & only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean!' Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”

Tags : Abolition Ocean Slavery

170. “El poder, el tiempo, la gravedad, el amor. Las fuerzas que de verdad mueven el cotarro son invisibles.”

Tags : Amor Español Invisible Love Poder Power Spanish
Source : Cloud Atlas

171. “Pues yo me hago tres preguntas muy simples: ¿Cómo ha obtenido ese poder? ¿Cómo lo está utilizando? Y: ¿cómo se le puede arrebatar al muy hijo de puta?”

Tags : Español Poder Power Spanish
Source : Cloud Atlas

172. “A true suicide is a paced, disciplined certainty. People pontificate, “Suicide is selfishness.” Career churchmen like Pater go a step further and call it a cowardly assault on the living. Oafs argue this specious line for varying reasons: to evade fingers of blame, to impress one’s audience with one’s mental fiber, to vent anger, or just because one lacks the necessary suffering to sympathize. Cowardice is nothing to do with it—suicide takes considerable courage. Japanese have the right idea. No, what’s selfish is to demand another to endure an intolerable existence, just to spare families, friends, and enemies a bit of soul-searching. The only selfishness lies in ruining strangers’ days by forcing ’em to witness a grotesqueness. So I’ll make a thick turban from several towels to muffle the shot and soak up the blood, and do it in the bathtub, so it shouldn’t stain any carpets. Last night I left a letter under the manager’s day-office door—he’ll find it at eight A.M. tomorrow—informing him of the change in my existential status, so with luck an innocent chambermaid will be spared an unpleasant surprise. See, I do think of the little people”

Tags : Dialogue Life Experiences Little People Reasoning Sucide
Source : Cloud Atlas

173. “Better a soulless clone... than a souled roach.”

Tags : Clone Soul
Source : Cloud Atlas

174. “His skin’s so tanned he could be Turkish or something”

Tags : Tanned Turkish
Source : The Bone Clocks

175. “The novelist is more like a pregnant woman who delivers her own child unaided. A messy procedure, with lots of groaning.”

Tags : Novelist Writer Writing

176. “Rootlessness," I opine, "is the twenty-first century norm.""You're not wrong and that's why we're in the shit we're in, mate. If you belong nowhere, why give a tinker's toss about anywhere?”

Tags : Belonging Community Home Rootlessness
Source : The Bone Clocks

177. “Oh, once you’ve been initiated into the Elderly, the world doesn’t want you back.” Veronica settled herself in a rattan chair and adjusted her hat just so. “We—by whom I mean anyone over sixty—commit two offenses just by existing. One is Lack of Velocity. We drive too slowly, walk too slowly, talk too slowly. The world will do business with dictators, perverts, and drug barons of all stripes, but being slowed down it cannot abide. Our second offence is being Everyman’s memento mori. The world can only get comfy in shiny-eyed denial if we are out of sight.”

Tags : Dialogue Life Experience Old Age
Source : Cloud Atlas

178. “But if you knew about this…conspiracy, why did you cooperate with it? Why did you allow Hae-Joo Im to get so close to you?Why does any martyr cooperate with his judases?Tell me.We see a game beyond the endgame...As Seneca warned Nero: No matter how many of us you kill, you will never kill your successor.”

Tags : Betrayal Conspiracy Martyr Purpose
Source : Cloud Atlas

179. “But if you knew about this... conspiracy, why did you cooperate with it? Why did you allow Hae-Joo Im to get so close to you? Why does any martyr cooperate with his judases?Tell me. We see an end beyond the endgame.”

Tags : Betrayal Martyr Purpose
Source : Cloud Atlas

180. “Poems are lenses, mirrors, and X-ray machines.”

Tags : Poems Poetry
Source : Black Swan Green

181. “The truth is "#9dream" is a descendant of "Norwegian Wood". Both are ghost stories. "She" in "Norwegian Wood" curses you with loneliness. The "Two spirits dancing so strange" in "#9dream" bless you with harmony. But people prefer loneliness to harmony.”

Tags : Harmony Loneliness Norwegian Wood
Source : number9dream

182. “Había leído lo bastante como para apreciar mi ingenio literario, pero no lo bastante como para identificar mis fuentes de conocimiento. Me encantan las mujeres así. Podía decirle cosas como: "La principal diferencia entre la felicidad y la alegría es que la felicidad es sólida, mientras que la alegría es líquida" y, escudándome en su ignorancia de Salinger, sentirme ingenioso, seductor y, porqué no decirlo, joven. Notaba que Ernie me miraba fijamente mientras yo me daba pisto, pero qué diablos, pensaba yo. Un hombre tiene derecho a flirtear.”

Tags : Citas Literarias Español Flirting Literatura Literature Literature Quotes Spanish
Source : Cloud Atlas

183. “Like Solzhenitsyn, I shall return, one bright dusk.”

Tags : Literature Quotes
Source : Cloud Atlas

184. “When I'm in doubt - as I am now - I ask myself, 'What would Carl Jung do?' - and act accordingly.”

Tags : Doubt Psychology
Source : Slade House

185. “The clock’s pendulum catches the firelight, and in the rattle-breathed final moments of Jacob de Zoet, amber shadows in the far corner coagulate into a woman’s form. She slips between the bigger, taller onlookers unnoticed … … and adjusts her headscarf, the better to hide her burn. She places her cool palms on Jacob’s fever-glazed face.Jacob sees himself, when he was young, in her narrow eyes. Her lips touch the place between his eyebrows. A well-waxed paper door slides open.”

Tags : Beautiful
Source : The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

186. “The library refused many downloads, of course, but I succeeded with two Optimists translated from the Late English, Orwell and Huxley;”

Tags : Future Optimism
Source : Cloud Atlas

187. “Guys are all sperm-guns.”

Tags : Guys Sperm Guns
Source : The Bone Clocks

188. “Mrs. Todds my English teacher gives an automatic F if anyone ever writes "I woke up and it was all a dream" at the end of a story. She says it violates the deal between reader and writer, that it's a cop-out, it's the Boy Who Cried Wolf. But every single morning we really do wake up and it really was all a dream.”

Tags : Dreaming Dreams English Reading Writing
Source : Slade House

189. “Birdsong foamed in the hour-before-dawn garden.”

Tags : Birds Nature
Source : Cloud Atlas

190. “Maybe then you comprehend, speaking one language only is a prison!”

Tags : Foreign Language
Source : Black Swan Green

191. “Faust tends not to have happy endings.”

Tags : Faust Happy Endings
Source : The Bone Clocks

192. “People’re a nestful of needs. Dull needs, sharp needs, bottomless-pit needs, flash-in-the-pan needs, needs for things you can’t hold, needs for things you can.”

Tags : Needs
Source : Black Swan Green

193. “I added 'writers' to my list of people not to trust. They make everything up.”

Tags : Writers
Source : Ghostwritten

194. “I asked, how is knowledge found? 'You must learn how to read, little sister,' he said.”

Tags : Knowledge Read Reading

195. “The world's a headmaster who works on your faults. I don't mean in a mystical or Jesus way. More how you'll keep tripping over a hidden step, over and over, till you finally understand: Watch out for that step! Everything that's wrong with us, if we're too selfish or too Yessir, Nosir, Three bags full sir or too anything, that's a hidden step. Either you suffer the consequences of not noticing your fault forever or, one day, you do notice it, and fix it. Joke is, once you get it into your brain about that hidden step and think, Hey, life isn't such a shithouse after all again, then BUMP! Down you go, a whole new flight of hidden steps.There are always more.”

Tags : David Mitchell Inspirational Philosophical Thoughtful

196. “... but it is attitude, not years, that condemns one to the ranks of the Undead, or else proffers salvation. In the domain of the young there dwells many an Undead soul. They rush about so, their inner putrefaction is concealed for a few decades, that is all.”

Tags : Age
Source : Cloud Atlas

197. “Up the hill, sheep bleat, oblivious to human empires rising and falling.”

Tags : Empires Sheep
Source : The Bone Clocks

198. “Autumn is leaving its mellowness behind for its spiky, rotted stage. Don't remember summer even saying goodbye.”

Tags : Autumn Summer
Source : Cloud Atlas

199. “The Future,” says Ian, in a film-trailer voice. “Coming soon, to a Present near you.”

Tags : Coming Soon Future Present
Source : The Bone Clocks

200. “Humans live in a pit of cheating, exploiting, hurting, incarcerating. Every time, the species wastes some part of what it could be. This waste is poisonous.”

Tags : Humans
Source : Ghostwritten