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1. "Lightning goes up. It shoots right up from the ground and into the cloud. This what the encyclopedia says in the section on climate and weather. I reread this passage a couple of times to make sure I hadn't gone batty—but no, lightning goes up."
Author: A.J. Jacobs
2. "One can not find wisdom in encyclopedia"
Author: Abhinav Gaur
3. "The world encyclopedia, the universal library, exists, and it is the world itself."
Author: Alberto Manguel
4. "It is possible I never learned the names of birds in order to discover the bird of peace, the bird of paradise, the bird of the soul, the bird of desire. It is possible I avoided learning the names of composers and their music the better to close my eyes and listen to the mystery of all music as an ocean. It may be I have not learned dates in history in order to reach the essence of timelessness. It may be I never learned geography the better to map my own routes and discover my own lands. The unknown was my compass. The unknown was my encyclopedia. The unnamed was my science and progress."
Author: Anaïs Nin
5. "Aardvark – strange creature. Few know what it is, what it does. Only know its habitat. Encyclopedia, page 1."
Author: Anthony North
6. "My travels inevitably begin with copious research and planning. I began this kind of planning long ago when I was very young and anxious to hit the road. Hours were spent pouring over junior encyclopedias memorizing the names of exotic-sounding cities---Addis, Ababa, Samarkand, Damascus. Lengthy lists were written detailing the most minute necessities: three pairs of socks, two pencils. spare batteries, rope."
Author: Barbara Hodgson
7. "So, there I was, tied to an altar made from outdated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians."
Author: Brandon Sanderson
8. "I was secretly convinced that with such a marvel one would be able to write anything, from novels to encyclopedias, and letters whose supernatural power would surpass any postal limitations--a letter written with that pen would reach the most remote corners of the world, even that unknowable place to which my father said my mother had gone and from where she would never return."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
9. "My mother lived alone in the ruins of the great Library, which was called Compleat, and a very passionate and dashing Library indeed. Under the slightly blackened rafters and more than slightly caved-in walls, my mother lived and read and dreamed, allowing herself to grow closer and closer to Compleat, to notice more and more how fine and straight his shelves remained, despite great structural stress. That sort of moral fortitude is rare in this day and age. By and by, my siblings and I were born and romped on the balconies, raced up and down the splintered ladders, and pored over many encyclopedias and exciting novels. I know just everything about everything—so long as it beings with A through L."
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
10. "Because the world is radically new, the ideal encyclopedia should be radical, too."
Author: Charles Van Doren
11. "Kids, she says. When they're little, they believe everything you tell them about the world. As a mother, you're the world almanac and the encyclopedia and the dictionary and the Bible, all rolled up together. But after they hit some magic age, it's just the opposite. After that, you're either a liar or a fool or a villain."
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
12. "What we need is an electronic encyclopedia of life, with one page for each species. On each page is given everything known about that species."
Author: E. O. Wilson
13. "In a sense, words are encyclopedias of ignorance because they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions when we should be doing better."
Author: Edward De Bono
14. "Who will ever kiss this encyclopedia of a head?"
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
15. "There was an omnivorous intellect that won him the family sobriquet of Walking Encyclopedia."
Author: Eric Liu
16. "Professor Longbottom only assigned us to write about spynuswort because it's one of the three most useful plants in the magical world. If we were to write about every one of its uses, we'd be turning in encyclopedias, you silly boy."
Author: G. Norman Lippert
17. "Adults discourage children from asking philosophical questions, first by being patronizing to them and then by directing their inquiring minds towards more "useful" questions. Most adults aren't themselves interested in philosophical questions. They may be threatened by some of them. Moreover, it doesn't occur to most adults that there are questions that a child can ask that they can't provide a definitive answer to and that aren't answered in a standard dictionary or encyclopedia either."
Author: Gareth B. Matthews
18. "Will there ever be an encyclopedia? Possibly. I would say two things about the encyclopedia: firstly, I've always said and I stand by it, whenever I do do a printed encyclopedia I would like all the proceeds to go to charity. Back in 1998 I never dreamt I personally I would be in the position that I could set up a large charitable foundation and personally do things for charity, and I've done other charity books already."
Author: J.K. Rowling
19. "But that woman is an encyclopedia!Of all vices, ancient and modern, and terribly interesting to leaf through!"
Author: Jean Lorrain
20. "The most widely raised type of silkworm, the larva of the 'Bombyx mori', no longer exists anywhere in a natural state. As my encyclopedia poignantly puts it: 'The legs of the larvae have degenerated, and the adults no longer fly'."
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
21. "... the taxonomic division of animals in a lost Chinese encyclopedia...(a) those that belong to the emperor; (b) embalmed ones; (c) those that are trained; (d) suckling pigs; (e) mermaids; (f) fabulous ones; (g) stray dogs; (h) those that are included in this classification; (i) those that tremble as if they were mad; (j) innumerable ones; (k) those that are drawn with a very fine camel's hair brush; (l) etcetera; (m) those that have just broken the flower vase; (n) those that at a distance resemble flies."
Author: Joe Roman
22. "She always saw through him, as if he were just another window. She always felt that she knew everything about him that could be known. Not that he was simple, but that he was knowable, like a list of errands, like an encyclopedia."
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
23. "I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
24. "I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up."
Author: Karl Kraus
25. "If you ask me what remains to be known in the future, I'll say, ‘Memorize all the world's encyclopedias.' Once you do that, forget all that fancy junk and rake the leaves – else I'm gonna take a stick to you, boy."
Author: M.C. Humphreys
26. "51. You might as well act as if objects had the colors, The Encyclopedia says. –Well, it is as you please. But what would it look like to act otherwise?"
Author: Maggie Nelson
27. "You may be able to call up an entire encyclopedia, but nothing is more meaningless than a brain with no heart and no reasoning"
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
28. "You may be to call up the entire encyclopedia, but a brain with no heart and no reasoning .. well, nothing is more meaningless."
Author: Melissa De La Cruz
29. "He found a set of encyclopedias—like Wikipedia, but paper and very bulky."
Author: Michael Grant
30. "Give me priests. Give me men with feathers in their hair, or tall domed hats, female oracles in caves, servants of the python, smoking weed and reading palms. A gypsy fortuneteller with a foot-peddle ouija board and a gold fish bowl for a crystal ball knows more about the world than many of the great thinkers of the West. Mumbling priests swinging stink cans on their chains and even witch doctors conjuring up curses with a well-buried elephant tooth have a better sense of their places in the world. They know this universe is brimming with magic, with life and riddles and ironies. They know that the world might eat them, and no encyclopedia could stop it"
Author: N.D. Wilson
31. "Tool," William said,...."As in a device to perform or facilitate mechanical or manual labor?" "That's right Encyclopedia Britannica. Or in layman's terms: screwdriver, hammer—" "How about a wrench," William interrupted," —"You've got a quick learner on your hands, Bryn," Paul said .... "Sure, wrench works just fine as well," ... "Whatever blows your skirt up buddy." ..."Well a wrench would come in handy right now," William mused. "Because you definitely have a couple screws loose. Credit Eternal Eden"
Author: Nicole Williams
32. "Kids have no problem with weirdness. You say, Theres a fox over there made of goose fat they go yeah right, What does he do? And you say it eat encyclopedias they say GREAT! They never at any point go no thats just silly So I have to respect kids and a lot of time for kids"
Author: Noel Fielding
33. "If I could, I'd write a huge encyclopedia just about the words luck and coincidence"
Author: Paulo Coelho
34. "The Encyclopedia--the advance artillery of reason, the armada of philosophy, the siege engine of the enlightenment..."
Author: Peter Prange
35. "Dullard: Someone who looks up a thing in the encyclopedia, turns directly to the entry, reads it, and then closes the book."
Author: Philip José Farmer
36. "Just once, he looks back at Arsay, and I feel like an entire encyclopedia of information and words is exchanged between them. I wish I could speak telepathy too."
Author: Poppet
37. "Invariably, I will be referred to Gleason Archer's massive Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties, a heavy volume that seeks to provide the reader with sound explanations for every conceivable puzzle found within the Bible - from whether God approved of Rahab's lie, to where Cain got his wife. (Note to well-meaning apologists: it's not always the best idea to present a skeptic with a five-hundred-page book listing hundreds of apparent contradictions in Scripture when the skeptic didn't even know that half of them existed before you recommended it.)"
Author: Rachel Held Evans
38. "Certitude belongs exclusively to those who only own one encyclopedia."
Author: Robert Anton Wilson
39. "When I hear other people's stories, I like to believe that they contribute to my 'Encyclopedia of Human Experience.' The stories I hear help me expand my definition of what love is, what pain feels like, what sacrifice means, what laughter can do."
Author: Sarah Kay
40. "Morgan explained about his marriages. He had tried to sell his ex-older wife an encyclopedia years before and well, you guessed it. When she agreed to buy the books he married her on the spot. Right there in front of the M and N and the O and P, and all the rest of the applauding letters. Years later they got divorced. B and H. Boo hoo."
Author: Scott F. Gandert
41. "Only a hundred years ago the idea that an order might arise without a personal Author appeared so nonsensical to you that it inspired seemingly absurd jokes, like the one about the pack of monkeys hammering away at typewriters until the Encyclopedia Britannica emerged. I recommend that you devote some of your free time to compiling an anthology of just such jokes, which amused your forebears as pure nonsense but now turn out to be parables of Nature."
Author: Stanisław Lem
42. "The writing of solid, instructive stuff fortified by facts and figures is easy enough. There is no trouble in writing a scientific treatise on the folk-lore of Central China, or a statistical enquiry into the declining population of Prince Edward Island. But to write something out of one's own mind, worth reading for its own sake, is an arduous contrivance only to be achieved in fortunate moments, few and far in between. Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica."
Author: Stephen Leacock
43. "It's a funny habit to write encyclopedia entries. It's not a mass taste."
Author: Sue Gardner
44. "He lets me take the orders, standing at my side likemy own personal Mexican food encyclopedia"
Author: Suzanne Young
45. "God doesn't expect us to be a walking encyclopedia of biblical knowledge. He wants us to know Him, to be in a relationship with Him. This means not only hearing but allowing our understanding of God to change the way we live. Like the wise builder who laid the foundation of his house on the rock, we learn to let our knowledge of God change us."
Author: Tyler Edwards
46. "The cultivated person's first duty is to be always prepared to rewrite the encyclopedia."
Author: Umberto Eco
47. "I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."
Author: Yogi Berra
48. "Life is a game of common sense. You can know all the data that the encyclopedia holds, but if you can't apply it to social situations and day to day events, you're on the same rank as someone with no data at all."
Author: Zack W. Van
49. "Cos if it's encyclopedias we've got enough, like, information... and if it's God, you've got the wrong house."
Author: Zadie Smith

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