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Pathology

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Location: Inside your head

"You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity."
- 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' by Phillip K. Dick


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"I ain't no fraggin' hero. I'm th' main man. I booze.
I womanize. I swear. An' I beat th' living crap outta
anybody I fraggin' feel like."
- Lobo

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miiih
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Hope you don't mind that most of these are from nonfiction sources. The last work of fiction I finished completely was the play "Galileo" by Brecht and even -that- was for class. Everything else is half-eaten at the moment.

This I found in my chem book while I was studying. It made me laugh, which was surprising:

"While reading a textbook of chemistry, I came upon the statement, 'nitric acid reacts upon copper,' and I determined to see what this meant. Having located some nitric acid, I had only to learn what the words 'acts upon' meant. In the interest of knowledge I was even willing to sacrifice one of the few copper cents then in my possession. I put one of them on the table, opened a bottle labled 'nitric acid,' poured some of the liquid on the copper, and prepared to make an observation. But what was the wonderful thing which I beheld? The cent was already changed, and it was no small change either. A greenish blue liquid foamed and fumed over the cent and over the table. The air became colored dark red. How could I stop this? I tried by picking the cent up and throwing it out the window. I learned another fact; nitric acid reacts upon fingers. The pain led to another unpremeditated experiment. I drew my fingers across my trousers and discovered nitric acid reacts upon trousers. That was the most impressive experiment I have ever preformed." ~ Ira Remsen

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This is from a letter written by Galileo to his friend Castelli. In it he's replying to a letter from Castelli, and elaborating on the point that the Copernican theory is compatible with the Bible. (Coincidentally, the letter was written on Dec 21st, which is my younger brother's birthday smile

". . . on the other hand, nature is inexorable and immutable, and she does not care at all whether or not her recondite reasons and modes of operation are revealed to human understanding, and so she never transgresses the terms of the laws imposed on her; therefore, whatever sensory experience places before our eyes or necessary demonstrations prove to us concerning natural effects should not in any way be called into question on account of scriptural passages whose words appear to have a different meaning . . ." ~ Galileo Galilei

(That's one massive run-on sentence, and it wasn't even the entire thing!)

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Okay, okay. Let me give you something from fiction.

" When Mr Hosokowa put the CD in the player and sat down in his chair to listen, he did not go back to work that night. It was as if he was a boy in those high seats in Tokyo again, his father's hand large and warm around his own. He set the disc to play over and over, skipping impatiently past anything that was not her voice. It was soaring, that voice, warm and complicated, utterly fearless. How could it be at once controlled and so reckless? He called Kiyomi's [his daughter] name and she came and stood in the doorway of his study. She started to say something -- yes? or, what?or, sir? -- but before she could make out the words she heard that voice, the straight-haired woman from the picture. Her father didn't even say it, he simply gestured towards one speaker with his open hand. She was enormously pleased to have done something so right. The music praised her. Mr Hosokawa closed his eyes. He dreamed." ~ Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.

I think I'm done for now. Good question, and enjoy your star.

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Your life is yours alone, Rise up and live it. Richard Rahl - Sword of Truth Books


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Location: When in Doubt, Go to the Library.

How wonderful it is that no one need wait before they start improving the world! Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank.

"Mr Bennet, Netherfield Park has been let at last!" Mrs Bennet, Pride and Prejudice."

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... The Grandfather, The Princess Bride.

"And now a few words before we go off to our beds. Nitwit. Blubber. Oddment. Tweak." Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone.


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“In one respect at least the Martians are a happy people, they have no lawyers.”
¯ Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars

“I do not believe that I am made of the stuff which constitutes heroes, because, in all of the hundreds of instances that my voluntary acts have placed me face to face with death, I cannot recall a single one where any alternative step to that I took occurred to me until many hours later.”
¯ Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars

“We are, all of us, creatures of habit, and when the seeeming necessity for schooling ourselves in new ways ceases to exist, we fall naturally and easily into the manner and customs which long usage has implanted ineradicably within us.”
¯ Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Beasts of Tarzan


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"I ain't no fraggin' hero. I'm th' main man. I booze.
I womanize. I swear. An' I beat th' living crap outta
anybody I fraggin' feel like."
- Lobo

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From 'Troy: Shield of Thunder' by David Gemmell.

Odysseus: 'You could be the grandson of the king of Nubia. You could be heir to a vast kingdom, with golden palaces and a thousand concubines'

Bias: 'And if my prick had fingers it could scratch my a**e'

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'We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, 'Oh, nothing!' Pride helps s; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurt- not to hurt others.'
- Middlemarch, George Eliot

'...when a woman is not contradicted she has no motive for obstinacy in her absurdities.' - Middlemarch

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"Tomorrow is another day" I often use it to encourage my friends in trouble.


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Omega Vision
Face Flowed Into Her Eyes

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Location: Miami Metropolitan Area

Obviously my sig quote, though since I'll change my quote in the future I'll post it here:

quote:
"Know whats here? M Soul. Ever heard o that? Th hell y have. Been shapin words t fit m soul. Never told y that before, did I? Thought I couldnt talk. I’ll tell y… Th form that’s burned int my soul is some twisted awful thing that crept in from a dream, a godam nightmare, and wont stay still unless I feed it. An it lives on words. Not beautiful words. God Almighty no. Misshapen, split-gut, tortured, twisted words…This whole damn bloated purple country feeds it cause its going down t hell in a holy avalanche of words."
-Kabnis's speech from Jean Toomer's Cane


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"Rus! Rus! I see you, from my lovely enchanted remoteness I see you: a country of dinginess, and bleakness and dispersal; no arrogant wonders of nature crowned by the arrogant wonders of art appear within you to delight or terrify the eyes... So what is the incomprehensible secret force driving me towards you? Why do I constantly hear the echo of your mournful song as it is carried from the sea through your entire expanse?... And since you are without end yourself, is it not within you that a boundless thought will be born?"

-Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

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"Dear Mrs., Mr., Miss, or Mr. and Mrs. Daneeka: Words cannot express the deep personal grief I experienced when your husband, son, father, or brother was killed, wounded, or reported missing in action."

-Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano BuendÃ_a was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."

-One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

quote:
"He believed he was safe."

-Tar Baby by Toni Morrison


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“Where the longleaf pines are whispering
to him who loved them so.
Where the faint murmurs now dwindling
echo o’er tide and shore."

-A Grave Epitaph in Santa Rosa County, Florida; I wish I could remember the man's name.

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Gun Slinger

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Location: Bang..

"What? So I like your Grandma. Is that a Crime?" - Aphrodite
"You know I am beggining to think that somewhere deep inside you there is a nice Aphrodite" - Zoey
"Well don't get all warm and tingly. As soon as I find her, I'm going to drown her in the bathtub." - Aphrodite


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