Words, Wisdom, etc.

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Technically, our name, to those who speak science, is Homo sapiens – wise person. But we have been described in many other ways. Homo narrans, juridicus, ludens, diaspora: we are storytelling, legal, game-playing, scattered people, too. True by incomplete. That old phrase has the secret. We are all, have always been, will always be, Homo vorago aperientis: person before whom opens a vast & awesome hole.  – Railsea, China Miéville

It was common to insist that the worst thing that could happen to a person was to get the wisdom for which they strove… Believe me, most people really do want what they want. Downsides there may be to getting it, but they’re heftily outweighed by the up, & by the downs of not doing so.  – Railsea, China Miéville

Maybe you don’t have to cast about to find out what it is you want… It’s enough, maybe, to know you don’t want what you thought you did. That’s enough to be getting on with.  – Railsea, China Miéville

Everyone knows something worth learning.  – Railsea, China Miéville

He had hoped that this moment might bring clarity. Yet his head is still full of nothing, or he knows not what. We’re here too soon. Of course we can start anywhere: that’s the beauty of the tangle, that’s its very point. But where we do & don’t begin has its ramifications.  – Railsea, China Miéville

[He] was overwhelming bored of feeling overwhelmed. – Railsea, China Miéville

Did you know… you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breathe? I’ll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight… and it’s like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you. – The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken

When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy. – The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken

We are what we love… We aren’t the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved. – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin

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