Friday, February 28, 2014

Quote Storm: Get a Life

I am going to include a few of my favorites.  As I put this post together, I realized that there were many passages I liked, but few that made sense when just a few sentences were singled out.  But here are some that work, more or less.


Rarely do I get a quote from the very first page of a book:

Literally radiant.  But not giving off light as saints are shown with a halo.  He radiates unseen danger to others from a destructive substance that has been directed to counter what was destroying him.  Had him by the throat.  Cancer of the thyroid gland.


His work is scientific, in collaboration with the greatest scientist of all, nature, who has the formula for everything, whether discovered or still a mystery to research by its self-styled highest creation.


Surely there is no purposelessness the music you love cannot deny by the act of your listening.


This passage actually goes on for far longer and makes the entire book worth it, in my opinion:

The Okavango delta in co-existence with a desert is a system of elements contained, maintained-by the phenomenon itself, unbelievably, inconceivably.  ... Where to begin understanding what we've only got a computerspeak label for, ecosystem?  Where to decide it begins.


Visting a natural area with nesting endangered eagles:

Lyndsay was the one who noticed the leafy twigs, as the leaflet had described, on the mess of the nest on the right--from the viewer's not the bird's point of view.  The wings of night against sun-paled sky continued to plane and dip; and then there was a descent, the transforming mastery that was the eagle's was gone, collapsed in a bird.  

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