Speaker for the DeadBook - 1991
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' "Time," said the Speaker, "time is such a fleeting, insubstantial thing. As Shakespeare said, 'I wasted time, and now doth time waste me'"
"What does 'doth' mean?"
"It means 'does.'"
"Why do you quote a guy who doesn't even know how to speak Stark?" ' ~ Speaker For the Dead
"Is it by truly understanding that we come to love, or by loving that we really understand?"
"O Senhor é descrente?" You're an unbeliever?
"Só descredo no incrível." I only disbelieve the unbelievable.
"...understood humankind in its endless quest for greatness in a wilderness of separation and suspicion."
"...when it comes to human beings, the only type of cause that matters is final cause, the purpose. What a person had in mind. Once you understand what people really want, you can't hate them anymore. You can fear them, but you can't hate them, because you can always find the same desires in your own heart."
"...she felt strangely healed, as if simply speaking her mistake were enough to purge some of the pain of it. For the first time, then, she caught a glimpse of what the power of speaking might be. It wasn't a matter of confession, penance, and absolution, like the priests offered. It was something else entirely. Telling the story of who she was, and then realizing that she was no longer the same person. That she had made a mistake, and the mistake had changed her, and now she would not make the mistake again because she had become someone else, someone less afraid, someone more compassionate."
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