The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham – Quotes

For food was then our most pressing problem, and the progress of the regeneration schemes, and the advance of the cultivation lines on the maps, was followed with almost as much attention as an earlier generation had paid to battle fronts. In temperate countries, where man had succeeded in putting most forms of nature save …

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My Cleaner – Maggie Gee – Quotes

I managed to move from the country to the city. I made the great journey between worlds. It kills some people, and drives some of us mad. [...]the red-tulip-flowered trees called kabakanjagala which means ‘the King loves me’. (King Ronald still loves us, though he does not really rule us. Now we are ruled by …

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The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver – Quotes

The notebook that burned, then. People who make a study of old documents have a name for this very kind of thing, a missing piece.  lacuna, it's called. More memories bubble up every day. The sea cave in Isla Pixol, cold water on prickly boy-skin. Images, conversations, warnings. The first time seeing Frida in the …

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Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety – Alan W. Watts – Quotes

It maintains that this insecurity is the result of trying to be secure, and that, contrariwise, salvation and sanity consist in the most radical recognition that we have no way of saving ourselves. There is, then, the feeling that we live in a time of unusual insecurity. In the past hundred years so many long-established …

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A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki – Quotes

The reason I decided to write about her in À la recherche du temps perdu is because she is the only person I know who really understands time. Old Jiko is supercareful with her time. She does everything really really slowly, even when she’s just sitting on the veranda, looking out at the dragonflies spinning …

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