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Neal Stephenson   ::   Anathem

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... unbidden and unwanted thoughts are the hardest to expel from one's mind.
"So because words have this remarkable property of possessing specific meanings, we must take care to use the correct ones?"
"Ideas are good things to have even if they are old."
"Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways."
I had made a mess inside of someone else's soul at a moment when that soul had been open to me.
"I feel like a fool ... when I think of all the things I've worried about and been afraid of in my life - and now it's plain that I've been scared of the wrong things."
"Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor."
"Okay, I'll go home and see if I can scrounge up a ruler and a piece of string."
"The mystic nails a symbol to one meaning that was true for a moment but soon becomes false. The poet, on the other hand, sees that truth while it's true but understands that symbols are always in flux and that their meanings are fleeting."
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