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Saturday, September 10, 2011

False Memory (Dean Koontz, c1999)



Life is an unrelenting comedy. Therein lies the tragedy of it. - Martin Stillwater


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Psychological progeriac - one who is mentally old even as a kid


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Love is a sacred garment, woven of a fabric so thin that it could not be seen, yet so strong that even mighty death could not tear it, a garment that could not be frayed by use, that brought warmth into what would otherwise be an intolerably cold world - but at times love could also be as heavy as chain mail. Bearing the burden of love, on these occasions when it was a solemn weight, made it more precious when, in better times, it caught the wind in sleeves like wings - and lifted you.


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Life offers infinite possible roads. Sometimes your head chooses the route, sometimes your heart. And sometimes for better or for worse, neither head nor heart can resist the stubborn pull of fate.


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...if you were always guided by courage, honor, self-respect, honesty, and compassion, and if you kept your mind and your heart open to the lessons that this world teaches you, then you would eventually understand the meaning of your existence, perhaps even in his this world, but certainly in the next. Such a philosophy virtually guaranteed a better life, less shadowed by fear than the lives of those who were convinced of meaninglessness.


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Action... was the answer to most problems. Fear, despair, depression, and even a lot of anger result from a sense that we're powerless, helpless. Taking action to resolve our problems is healthy, but we must apply some intelligence and a moral perspective if we have any hope of doing the right and most effective thing.


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What I don't understand, I can't fight.


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The mind is so delicate. One of the big things wrong with this world is... so many people want to screw with other people's minds, and they cause so much damage.


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How awesome too and humbling, to present her most fundamental self to him, to be so naked and helpless, with no defense except absolute trust.


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For all his faults, Skeet was a gentle soul, and his heart was kind; in a wolrd where kind hearts were more rare than diamonds, he was a treasure flawed but a treasure nonetheless.


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Funny how hope raises its lovely head when at least expected, a flower in a wasteland.
kaigachi is a conjugation of the Japanese term "kigaicha" or crazy. It roughly translates as "crazy about something."

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious." - C.Jung

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