If the time ever comes when I must choose between betraying my country or my friend, I hope I shall have the courage to betray my country. - E.M. Forster

You are born in pain; you live in fear; you die alone: Merry Christmas. - Old Scottish Christmas greeting.

It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens. - Woody Allen

A distraction's only a distraction if you pay attention to it. - Grace Under Fire

He defines Stephen as a man who has for ever lost his faith, who has come here to the graveyard of his own past. Stephen has recanted, but Akira has not. Akira believes because it is impossible. Credo quia impossible est. Stephen has dwindled into reason. - Drabble, The Gates of Ivory

She tries to force herself to ring Charles's friend...but she simply cannot make herself do it. Her nerve fails her. She hates cold calling total strangers. She rings her own number in St John's Wood, knowing that nobody will be there, simply for the comfor of the thought of the sound moving amongst her own yellow curtains... She lets the tone ring and ring across the world... Can it be good for Gaia, to have all this bleeping and trilling circling around her? - Ibid

Gide had sold the Congo. Malraux had sold the spoils of Angkor. This was what writers did. They seemed to purvey messages, but in truth they sold commodities. Art was nothing but a trading speculation. Rimbaud had sold poetry and skins and gold and ivory and guns and slaves. Rimbaud dreamed up a new communist constitution, and then he had become a seller of men. - Ibid

What's wrong with denial? Denial is what keeps this civilization together. - Boys are Back

A whole skin is worth a thousand victories. - Magic the Gathering card

Used to say there was four women in every man's heart. The Maid in the Meadow, the Demon Lover, The Stouthearted Woman, the Tall and Quiet Woman. It was just a thing he said. I don't know what it means. I don't know where he got it. - E. Annie Proulx, Shipping News

He looked at his watch, astonished how the months had fallen out of it. -Ibid

Was love then like a bag of assorted sweets passed around from which one might choose more than once? - Ibid

You all know we are only passing by. We only walk over these stones a few times, our boats float a little while and then they have to sink. The water is a dark flower and a fisherman is a bee in the heart of her. -Ibid

The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their right names. - Chinese saying, quoted by Edward O. Wilson in The Diversity of Life

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Mundie, David A.
    Quotes from Recent Readings / David A. Mundie
    Pittsburgh, PA : Polymath Systems  1995
    1. Quotations
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