He mingled very little with the other students, though looking enviously at the “daring” or “Bohemian” set—whose superficially “smart” language and meaninglessly ironic pose he aped, and whose dubious conduct he wished he dated adopt.
— H. P. Lovecraft, “The Thing on the Doorstep”
They don’t mean to let me get to California now—they want to take me off alive, or what theoretically and mentally amounts to alive—not only to Yuggoth, but beyond that—away outside the galaxy and possibly beyond the last curved rim of space.
— H. P. Lovecraft, “The Whisper in the Darkness”
I saw the future, but what was it like?
Huge. Primal. Beyond control. New minds emerged in great pulses.
We always thought the future would be like America. Clean and empty and waiting to be shaped. But our past is Africa. And that’s how the future was.
— Stephen Baxter, Manifold: Time
America will not become like Europe, where ossified state churches proved unable to compete against the inherently secularizing forces of market capitalism—and where immigrants’ faith expressions are often met with hostility. America will remain exceptionally religious.
— Where Are the People?
by JIM HINCH, theamericanscholar.org
Hail Mary full of grace, let us blow this goddam place.
— Stephen King, The Long Walk
I don’t like to perpetuate negative stereotypes but those particular fascists seem like real jerks.
— feigning interest, SA forums
She wants to change the past, but the past is heavy—trying to do that, she discovers, is like trying to pick up a house by one corner so you can look under it for things that have been lost, or forgotten, or hidden.
— Stephen King, Gerald’s Game
The lesson of Clive Doyle’s memoir—and the battle of [Waco]—is that Americans aren’t very good at respecting the freedom of others to be so obnoxiously different.
It’s absolutely fine to take bad pictures. We all did when we were starting out; and realistically as you get better there will be a long, long period where your ability to take good pictures lags behind your understanding of what makes a good picture. Don’t get disheartened.
— occluded, SA forums
Dante simply called it his Comedy; in what was perhaps the founding instance of publishing hype, divine was added by a Venetian printer in 1555.
Trust your instincts, Elaine Belloc. If mercy’s your aim, be relentless in your mercy. Be absolute. Be yourself, until you bleed.
— Mike Carey, Lucifer
SCSI is *not* magic. There are *fundamental* *technical* *reasons* why you have to sacrifice a young goat to your SCSI chain every now and then.
— John F. Woods (email@example.com)
Malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s ways to man.
— The Waiter
people often do their best work when they are slightly out of their comfort zone.
— Prof. Denis Feeney, on Robert Fagles’ translations of The Aeneid
From that moment, Valerie Lone began to be consumed by her shadow. And nothing could prevent it. Not even the wonderful, wonderful universe that had chosen to care about her.
A universe ruled by a mad God, who was himself being consumed by his shadow.
— Harlan Ellison, The Resurgence of Miss Ankle-Strap Wedgie