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" You die, but most of what you have accumulated will not be lost; you are leaving a message in a bottle. "
" All the religious wars that have caused blood to be shed for centuries arise from passionate feelings and facile counter-positions, such as Us and Them, good and bad, white and black. "
" Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings. "
" The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity. "
" Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it's real and you're not to blame. "
" The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb. "
" The function of memory is not only to preserve, but also to throw away. If you remembered everything from your entire life, you would be sick. "
" Captain Cook discovered Australia looking for the Terra Incognita. Christopher Columbus thought he was finding India but discovered America. History is full of events that happened because of an imaginary tale. "
" When someone has to intervene to defend the liberty of the press, that society is sick. "
" I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. "
" The mobile phone... is a tool for those whose professions require a fast response, such as doctors or plumbers. "
" Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth. "
" I write what I write. "
" To read a paper book is another experience: you can do it on a ship, on the branch of a tree, on your bed, even if there is a blackout. "
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" The question of manuscript changes is very important for literary criticism, the psychology of creation and other aspects of the study of literature. "
" I think every professor and writer is in some way an exhibitionist because his or her normal activity is a theatrical one. When you give a lesson the situation is the same as writing a book. You have to capture the attention, the complicity of your audience. "
" The grandeur of Jerusalem is also... its problem. "
" Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear. "
" Many people who no longer go to church end up falling prey to superstition. "
" But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. "
" The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. "
" I could work in the shower if I had plastic paper. "
" Sometimes you say things with a smile with the precise intention of making it clear that you are not being serious, and are only kidding. If I salute a friend with a smile and say, 'How are you, you old scoundrel!' clearly I don't really mean he's a scoundrel. "
" With all of its defects, the global market makes war less likely, even between the U.S.A. and China. "
" Our life is full of empty space. "