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Quotes 2012

"There's nothing more destructive at any age than getting everything you ever wanted handed to you on a platter."
John Dunning, The Bookwoman's Last Fling


"All I want are high heels, high heels. If I was a girl I'd wear a lot of high heels. High, stiletto heels."
Isaac Mizrahi, 10022-Shoe


"We make a fetish of the Constitution. We do. We act like it's scripture. It's not. That sort of thing was all right when the world was a different place, before we knew anything about science, but it's a disaster now. You can't leave that sort of thing in place. Think of the children. Think of the future."
Jane Haddam, Living Witness


"I don't trust anyone who says he gets down on his knees and talks to an imaginary friend every night. It's bad enough if he's lying, but it's worse if he's telling the truth."
Jane Haddam, Living Witness


"Religion is a form of insanity, isn't it? And you never do know what crazy people will do."
Jane Haddam, Living Witness


"[Intelligent Design] rests on nobody's work. There are no peer-reviewed papers. There are no reproducible experiments. There are no falsifiable predictions. None. The entire movement consists of people sitting around saying 'I don't see how evolution could have made that happen, so God must have done it.' And that, you seem is the point. They don't want to advance the cause of science. They don't want to expand human knowledge. All they want is to make it seem, to the general public, that there's something wrong with the theory of evolution, that it's just a guess, that it's probably not true."
Jane Haddam, Living Witness


"Ghosts exist. The terrifying aspect of the phenomenon, however, is not that they haunt abandoned houses and dark forests and old cathedrals. No. It is nothing as simple as that. It is rather that they haunt the mind. And, unfortunately, it takes far more than a few prayers or a dash of holy water to get rid of them."
Jack McDevitt, Firebird


"The secret of a truly successful career in almost any field is the ability to control what people think. In other words, pure public relations. It is the difference between talent and greatness."
Jack McDevitt, Firebird


"A church, by definition, should be a place where one may discuss the matters of the day with his Creator. Unfortunately, too often there are others present, with a different agenda."
Jack McDevitt, Firebird


"The essential problem with our beliefs is that we tend to fall in love with them. They become a part of who we are, and we defend them in the face of all contrary evidence. They become the rock upon which we base our identity. I cannot help but think how much less damage would be done were we to view them rather as pliable clay, tentative conclusions subject to revision when more evidence arrives on the scene."
Jack McDevitt, Firebird


"There are such things as ghosts... Your mistake is that you assume they are inevitably the spirits of people who have died. But many things leave a presence when they have ceased to exist: a childhood home, a lost jacket, a school that has been torn down to make a parking lot. Go back to the street where the home existed, visit the parking lot on a quiet afternoon, stop by a the field where you removed the jacket and laid it on the ground while you played ball, and you will feel their presence as you never did in the mundane world."
Jack McDevitt, Firebird


"Mathematics is the only valid portrait of reality. Everything else is delusional."
Jack McDevitt, Firebird


"The problem with patience is that it takes time. There's usually a payoff, if anyone is still around to receive it."
Jack McDevitt, Firebird


Intelligence and compassion are the heart of what it means to be human. Help others where you can. That is clear enough. But a Creator may well want us to open our eyes, as well. If there is a judgment, God may not be particularly interested in how many hymns we sang or what prayers we memorized. I suspect He may instead look at us and say "I gave you a brain, and you never used it. I gave you the stars, and you never looked."
Jack McDevitt, Firebird


"Sometimes one has to abandon one's principles when one hasn't done laundry..."
Deborah Crombie, Leave The Grave Green


"You get paid for the seven and half hours a day you put in here, but you get your raises and promotions on what you do in the other sixteen and half hours."
Mervin Kelly, President of Bell Labs (1951-1959)
Jon Gertner, The Idea Factory


"Everyone faces the future with their eyes firmly on the past and they don't see what's going to happen next."
John Pierce,
Jon Gertner, The Idea Factory


"... market studies [can] only tell you something about the demand for products that actually exist."
Jon Gertner, The Idea Factory



"Well-behaved women rarely make history."
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Robert J. Sawyer, www:Wonder


"If you're a good person, hiding who you really are is just another way of saying that you've decided to let others establish your self-worth."
Robert J. Sawyer, www:Wonder


"I'm not sure truth exists. Perhaps we only think it does. But in reality it's only what you believe and I believe... the rest is merely compromise."
Charles Todd, A Duty To The Dead


"You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet."
Christian Dior


"A word can say more than a thousand pictures."
Ake Edwardson, Sun And Shadow


"My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilization, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can't prove it, but you can't disprove it either."
Christopher Hitchens


"Millions will believe anything ... They see Christ in a pancake and start worshipping it."
Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery


"People die in bits and pieces. A series of petites morts. Little deaths. They lose their sight, their hearing, their independence. Those are the physical ones. But there are others. Less obvious, but more fatal. They lose heart. They lose hope. They lose faith. The lose interest. And finally, they lose themselves."
Louise Penny, The Beautiful Mystery


"I can't concentrate in flat shoes."
Victoria Beckham