"Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wants to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time."
"When it comes to death, we know that laughter and tears are pretty much the same thing."
— Sherman Alexie - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (via djreagan
"Don’t forget the real business of war is buying and selling. The murdering and violence are self-policing, and can be entrusted to non-professionals. The mass nature of wartime death is useful in many ways. It serves as spectacle, as diversion from the real movements of the War. It provides raw material to be recorded into History, so that children may be taught History as sequences of violence, battle after battle, and be more prepared for the adult world. Best of all, mass death’s a stimulus to just ordinary folks, little fellows, to try ‘n’ grab a piece of that Pie while they’re still here to gobble it up. The true war is a celebration of markets."
"For I do not exist: there exist but the thousands of mirrors that reflect me. With every acquaintance I make, the population of phantoms resembling me increases. Somewhere they live, somewhere they multiply. I alone do not exist."
"Have you ever had the experience of finding in a book some vague idea that’s already occurred to you, some obscure image that comes back to you from the depths of your mind, or a perfect expression of your most subtle feelings?"
"I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself."
"The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned."