dimecres, 20 de juliol de 2016

And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past Your work is to survive. Neither his kind, nor his kind of thinking will survive long. They are the crown of creation, they are ambition fulfilled—they have nowhere more to go. But life is change, that is how it differs from the rocks, change is its very nature. Who, then, were the recent lords of creation, that they should expect to remain unchanged?” ― John Wyndham, The Chrysalids I don't think it had ever occurred to me that man's supremacy is not primarily due to his brain, as most of the books would have one think. It is due to the brain's capacity to make use of the information conveyed to it by a narrow band of visible light rays. His civilization, all that he had achieved or might achieve, hung upon his ability to perceive that range of vibrations from red to violet. Without that, he was lost.” ― John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere PIOR QUE DEPENDER DE ALGUÉM É NÃO TER NINGUÉM DE QUEM DEPENDER A word again ... When the minds have learnt to mingle, when no thought is wholly one's own, and each has taken too much of the other ever to be entirely himself alone; when one has reached the beginning of seeing with a single eye, loving with a single heart, enjoying with a single joy; when there can be moments of identity and nothing is separate save bodies that long for one another ... When there is that, where is the word? There is only the inadequacy of the word that exists.

“It must be, I thought, one of the race's


 most persistent and comforting


 hallucinations to trust that 


"it can't happen here" -- that one's own


 time and place is beyond cataclysm.

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  1. It's humiliating to be dependent, anyway, but it's still a poorer pass to have no one to depend on.”
    ― John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids
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    “Children have a different convention of the fearful until they have been taught the proper things to be shocked at.”
    ― John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids
    tags: children, fear, innocence 13 likes Like
    “We all have our youthful follies, embarassing to recall -- but people somehow find it hard to dismiss as a youthful folly anything that has happened to be a financial success.”
    ― John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids
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    “You'd expect her to see reason,' he muttered.
    I don't see why. Most of us don't - we see habit. She'll oppose any modification, reasonable or not, that conflicts with her previously trained feelings of what is right and polite - and be quite honestly convinced that she's showing steadfast strength of character

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    1. I'm not romancing. I'm talking about the inevitable time when, unless we do something to stop it, men will be hunting men through the ruins, for food. We're letting it drift towards that, with an evil irresponsibility, because with our ordinary short lives we shan't be here to see it. Does our generation care about the misery it is bequeathing? Not it. "That's their worry," we say. "Damn our children's children; we're all right.

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  2. Most people […] prefer to be coaxed or wheedled, or even driven. That way they never make a mistake: if there is one, it's always due to something or somebody else”
    ― John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids
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    “The clock is the most scared thing in a hospital”
    ― John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids
    tags: scary 6 likes Like
    “You don't seriously suggest that thet're talking when they make that rattling noise.”
    ― John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids
    tags: rattling 6 likes Like
    “It seemed to me an odd view to take - rather as if one should protest that one didn't LIKE the idea of dying or being born. I preferred the notion of finding out first how it would be, and then doing what one could about the parts of it one disliked most.

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    1. the more complex they made their world, the less capable they were of dealing with it. They had no means of consensus. They learnt to co-operate constructively in small units; but only destructively in large units. They aspired greedily, and then refused to face the responsibilities they had created. They created vast problems, and then buried their heads in the sands of idle faith.” ― John Wyndham, The Chrysalids tags: society-problem 9 likes Like “In my experience,’ he told me, ‘if you run away from a thing just because you don’t like it you don’t know what you find either. Now running to a thing, that’s a different matter, but what would you want to run to?”20 de juliol de 2016 a les 6:49

      My love flowed out to her, hers back to me. Mine stroked and soothed. Hers caressed. The distance - and the difference - between us dwindled and vanished. We could meet, mingle, and blend. Neither one of us existed any more; for a time there was a single being that was both. There was escape from the solitary cell; a brief symbiosis, sharing all the word

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