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1. "You see, in our family we don't know whether we're coming or going - it's all my grandmother's fault. But, of course, the fault wasn't hers at all: it lay in language. Every language assumes a centrality, a fixed and settled point to go away from and come back to, and what my grandmother was looking for was a word for a journey which was not a coming or a going at all; a journey that was a search for precisely that fixed point which permits the proper use of verbs of movement."
Author: Amitav Ghosh
2. "What are the butcherly delights of meat? These are not sensual but analytical. The satisfaction of scientific curiosity in dissection. A clinical pleasure in the precision with which the process of reducing the living, moving, vivid object to the dead status of thing is accomplished. The pleasure of watching the spectacle of the slaughter that derives from the knowledge one is disassociated from the spectacle; the bloody excitation of the audience in the abattoir, who watch the dramatic transformation act, from living flesh to dead meat, derives from the knowledge they are safe from the knife themselves. There is the technical pleasure of carving and the anticipatory pleasure of the prospect of eating the meat, of the assimilation of the dead stuff, after which it will be humanly transformed into flesh."
Author: Angela Carter
3. "—¿Por qué miran con tanto desdén? —preguntó Chloé—. Al fin y al cabo, trabajar no es para tanto.—Se les ha inculcado la idea de que trabajar es algo bueno —dijo Colin—. En general, se considera así. Pero, de hecho, no hay nadie que lo piense. Se hace por costumbre y para no pensar en ello precisamente."
Author: Boris Vian
4. "La noria vacía se alza ante nosotros ucando pasamos por su lado, un círculo impreciso apenas visible en la bruma, y, si exceptuamos unos pescadores mexicanos, no hay nadie alrededor."
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
5. "Amar é, sempre, ser vulnerável. Para que nunca se sofra com isso, aconselha-se não se amar algo, ou mesmo, alguém. Se sugere proteger a si mesmo nos próprios hobbies, mimos e zelos, evitar qualquer envolvimento com as pessoas, guardar o coração na segurança do caixão do próprio ego. Dessa forma, nessa tumba segura e tenaz, sem movimento ou ar, o seu coração provavelmente mudará para melhor. Sim, sim, ele não se partirá, antes se tornará indestrutível, impenetrável, invencível ou inalienável!: ele nunca precisará de algum perdão.Mas essa comprável alternativa sistemática de proteção de tragédias, é preciso que se diga, é condenatória. Isso, porque o único lugar que existe além do céu, onde se pode estar perfeitamente a salvo de todos os acidentes e perturbações do amor, é o inferno"
Author: C.S. Lewis
6. "- Deitei-me diante da tua lareira e falei contigo sobre a tua vida. - disse. Não tinha nada a ver com o assunto.-Humm... Sim. Fizemos isso.- Recordo o nosso duche juntos.- Também fizemos isso.- Fizemos tanta coisa.- Ah... pois. Está bem.- Se não tivesse tanta coisa para fazer aqui em Shreveport, sentir-me-ia tentado a visitar-te para te recordar como gostaste de cada uma dessas coisas.- Se bem me lembro - afirmei -, também gostaste.- Ó, sim.- Eric, preciso de desligar. Tenho de ir trabalhar. - Ou de entrar em combustão espontânea. O que acontecesse primeiro."
Author: Charlaine Harris
7. "It struck me that distant cities are designed precisely so you can know where you came from. We bring home with us when we leave. Sometimes it becomes more acute for the fact of having left."
Author: Colum McCann
8. "Why doesn't he say something to her?But I knew why. Because there's the creeping fear that these moments don't actually exist outside your own head. No eyes meet across a crowded room, no two people thing precisely the same thing, and if only one person actually has that moment, is it even really a moment at all?We know this, so we say nothing. We avert our eyes, or pretend to be looking for change, we hope the other person will take the initiative, because we don't want to risk losing this feeling of excitement and possibilities and lust. It's too perfect. That little second of hope is worth something, possibly for ever, as we lie on out deathbeds, surrounded by our children, and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren, and we can't help but quickly give on last selfish, dying thought to what could have happened if we'd actually said hello to that girl in the Uggs selling CDs outside Nando's seventy-four years earlier."
Author: Danny Wallace
9. "Para sermos felizes até certo ponto é preciso que tenhamos sofrido até o mesmo ponto."
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
10. "If I – as a beneficiary of that exact formula – will concede that my own life was indeed enriched by that precise familial structure, will the social conservatives please (for once!) concede that this arrangement has always put a disproportionately cumbersome burden on women? Such a system demands that mothers become selfless to the point of near invisibility in order to construct these exemplary encironments for their families. And might those same social conservatives – instead of just praising mothers as "sacred" and "noble" – be willing to someday join a larger conversation about how we might work together as a society to construct a world where healthy children can be raised and healthy families can prosper without women have to scrape bare the walls of their own souls to do so?"
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
11. "Perhaps I am even envious of Stendhal? He robbed me of the best atheist joke which precisely I could have made: 'God's only excuse is that he does not exist'...I myself have said somewhere: what hitherto been the greatest objection to existence? God..."
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
12. "(Wallace) Stevens turns to the idea of the weather precisely as the religious man turns to the idea of God."
Author: Harold Bloom
13. "For all these reasons, then, any way you may look at it, you must needs conclude that the great Leviathan is that one creature in the world which must remain unpainted to the last. True, one portrait may hit the mark much nearer than another, but none can hit it with any very considerable degree of exactness. So there is no earthly way of finding out precisely what the whale really looks like."
Author: Herman Melville
14. "Humans have a knack for choosing precisely the things that are worst for them."
Author: J. K. Rowling
15. "Precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience you must find yourself at war with your society."
Author: James Baldwin
16. "Nada ha cambiado y, sin embargo, todo existe de otra manera. No puedo describirlo; es como la Náusea y, sin embargo, es precisamente lo contrario: al fin me sucede otra aventura, y cuando me interrogo veo que me sucedo que yo soy yo y que estoy aquí; soy yo quien hiende la noche; me siento feliz como un héroe de novela."
Author: Jean Paul Sartre
17. "She expected a precise, controlled kiss to calmly show her mother they were lovers. Instead she got hot testosterone and raw sexual energy. She got warm lips melded over hers. His teeth nipped. His tongue burrowed inside and plunged in and out with sheer command, bending her back over his arm to take every last drop of her resolve."
Author: Jennifer Probst
18. "Olharam-se nos olhos, como se estivessem nus, um frente ao outro. Despidos e frágeis, como se está sempre diante da possibilidade do amor. Em frente da certeza de que o amor começa a morrer no preciso instante em que dizemos, amo-te. O amor é apenas esse momento."
Author: Joaquim Mestre
19. "The photoshopping of female models is sending precisely the right message to young girls: Learn image editing software!"
Author: John Alejandro King
20. "In precisely the same way money is often hired, and the hire paid for the use of it is called Interest."
Author: John Buchanan Robinson
21. "Depois refleti que todas as coisas nos acontecem precisamente, precisamente agora. Séculos de séculos e apenas no presente ocorrem os fatos; inumeráveis homens no ar, na terra e mar, e tudo o que realmente sucede, sucede a mim..."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
22. "Deus vê nos corações e não precisa de que alguém absolva em seu nome, e se os pecados forem tão grandes que não devam passa sem castigo, este virá pelo caminho mais curto, querendo o mesmo Deus, ou serão julgados em lugar próprio,quando o fim dos tempos chegar, se, entretanto, as boas acções não compensarem por si mesmas as más"
Author: José Saramago
23. "Let me put it more precisely: The ability to give birth is a natural characteristic. In the same way, everybody can grasp philosophical truths if they just use their innate reason."
Author: Jostein Gaarder
24. "You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society.In one word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so: that is just what we intend."
Author: Karl Marx
25. "Start being honest with her. Aidan always let her know what he was thinking. And he fairly much treated her like a queen."Lothaire sneered, "That's the worst bloody advice I've ever heard!"Brandr bowed his chest. "And why's that, leech? She cared for Aidan once—she will again.""Precisely. She cared for Aidan," Lothaire said. "I knew of Aidan the Fierce—no mortal could kill that many of the Horde without my hearing about it. And I know that he was a bold, blond Viking who was like a god among men. Women wanted him and men wanted to be him." He sighed."Reminded me of myself."
Author: Kresley Cole
26. "This assumes an upward revision of the European Budget, which is precisely what Jacques Chirac refuses to do. On the contrary, he has demanded a reduction."
Author: Laurent Fabius
27. "This brings me to the question of the antiquity of the belief in fairies and to the associated problem of the existence of strata or stages in fairy belief. The antiquity of the belief is revealed by the wide distribution of tales concerning fairies, while it is also indicated by the antipathy of the elves to iron and salt - ancient taboos both. Not only so, but many traits respecting fairies, especially shape-shifting and the belief in their semi-corporeal state, are eloquent of primitive notions. That the process of the fairy belief witnessed more than one stage of development in the course of successive ages appears more than probable. 'The fairies of one race,' remarks Wentz, 'are the people of the preceding race.' If this statement lacks a certain precision, one realizes the implication; that is, that the ghosts or gods of a preceding race may come to be regarded by their successors as fairies."
Author: Lewis Spence
28. "We live in times that are in many ways ambiguous. Maybe that's why kids want precision in what they read - they don't like that moral ambiguity."
Author: Lois Lowry
29. "All legitimate government is a mutual insurance company, voluntarily agreed upon by the parties to it, for the protection of their rights against wrong-doers. In its voluntary character it is precisely similar to an association for mutual protection against fire or shipwreck."
Author: Lysander Spooner
30. "While I generally find that great myths are great precisely because they represent and embody great universal truths (and will explore several such myths later in this book), the myth of romantic love is a dreadful lie. Perhaps it is a necessary lie in that it ensures the survival of the species by its encouragement and seeming validation of the falling-in-love experience that traps us into marriage. But as a psychiatrist I weep in my heart almost daily for the ghastly confusion and suffering that this myth fosters. Millions of people waste vast amounts of energy desperately and futilely attempting to make the reality of their lives conform to the unreality of the myth."
Author: M. Scott Peck
31. "From the passenger seat, Ronan began to swear at Adam. It was a long, involved swear, using every forbidden word possible, often in compound-word form. As Adam stared at his lap, penitent, he mused that there was something musical about Ronan when he swore, a careful and loving precision to the way he fit the words together, a black-painted poetry. It was far less hateful sounding than when he didn't swear.Ronan finished with, "For the love of … Parrish, take some care, this is not your mother's 1971 Honda Civic."Adam lifted his head and said, "They didn't start making the Civic until '73."
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
32. "Tu precisas-te entreter... Para isso escrever; isto é, trabalhar. Mas, meu caro, «entreter» significa passar tempo. Ora o tempo passa acelerado em demasia; não necessita de impulsos. Os homens deviam procurar «entreter» o tempo, e não entreterem-se a si... Eu é isso que faço... Penso no passado, revivo os dias que passaram... Assim, levanto uma barreira entre o passado e o futuro. O futuro é porém um óptimo saltador... salta todas as barreiras, vai-se tornando no presente e eu pouco resultado alcanço... Escreves para não te aborreceres... Ah! como seria feliz se me conseguisse aborrecer!..."
Author: Mário De Sá Carneiro
33. "Love is the law of God. You live that you may learn to love. You lovethat you may learn to live. No other lesson is required of Man.You arethe tree of Life. Beware of fractionating yourselves. Set not a fruit against a fruit, a leaf against a leaf, a bough against a bough; norset the stem against the roots; nor set the tree against the mother-soil. That is precisely what you do when you love one part more thanthe rest, or to the exclusion of the rest. No love is possible exceptby the love of self. No self is real save the All-embracing Self.Therefore is God all Love, because he loves himself. So long as youare pained by Love, you have not found your real self, nor have youfound the golden key of Love. Because you love an ephemeral self, yourlove is ephemeral."
Author: Mikhail Naimy
34. "I am who I need to be at this precise moment; this is my journey."
Author: Muse En Lystrala
35. "He had heard about talking to plants in the early seventies, on Radio Four, and thought it was an excellent idea. Although talking is perhaps the wrong word for what Crowley did. What he did was put the fear of God into them. More precisely, the fear of Crowley. In addition to which, every couple of months Crowley would pick out a plant that was growing too slowly, or succumbing to leaf-wilt or browning, or just didn't look quite as good as the others, and he would carry it around to all the other plants. "Say goodbye to your friend," he'd say to them. "He just couldn't cut it. . . " Then he would leave the flat with the offending plant, and return an hour or so later with a large, empty flower pot, which he would leave somewhere conspicuously around the flat. The plants were the most luxurious, verdant, and beautiful in London. Also the most terrified."
Author: Neil Gaiman
36. "It wasn't only that you didn't see him anymore, meet him anymore. You saw his absence and encountered it as something tangible. His not being there was like the sharply outlined emptiness of a photo with a figure cut out precisely with scissors and now the missing figure is more important, more dominant than all others."
Author: Pascal Mercier
37. "By giving the name of progress to its own tendency to a fatal precision, the world is seeking to add to the benefits of life the advantages of death."
Author: Paul Valéry
38. "Ed è vero, no? – incredibile ma vero – che c'è gente che prova nella vita la disinvoltura, la fiducia in sé, la semplice ed essenziale sintonia con gli avvenimenti che io ero solito provare come esterno centro dei Seabees? Perché, vede, non si trattava di essere il miglior esterno centro, bensì solo di sapere con precisione, fino al più piccolo particolare, come dovesse comportarsi un esterno centro. E c'è gente simile che cammina per le strade degli USA? Le chiedo: perché non posso essere uno di loro? Perché non posso esistere adesso come esistevo per i Seabees là all'esterno centro?"
Author: Philip Roth
39. "The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing."
Author: Pierre Bonnard
40. "Niko caught my hand and slapped it lightly down on the bar. "Pistol whipping elderly women isn't precisely our mission statement, Cal." I hadn't been going to pistol-whip her. Yell at her a little more, then pick her up and toss her out into the street. Some risk of a broken hip there, but that wasn't pistol-whipping… unless she tried to come back in."
Author: Rob Thurman
41. "Clothes exist to hide the pubic from the public and therefore make you socially acceptable. The irony is that, precisely because they are a prerequisite for social inclusion, wearing clothes has become almost more natural than being naked ... To that established irony, we can add a more subtle one. As anyone who has been on a date well knows, clothes aren't just about covering you up: while you need them to hide your sex, you want them to show your sexuality."
Author: Robert Rowland Smith
42. "A lei do mundo dita que se deve terminar o que alguma vez se começou. Não é grande motivo de alegria. Nada chega a tempo, nunca a vida te deu nada, quando precisavas. Sofremos longamente por essa desordem, por esse atraso. Julgamos que alguém brinca connosco. Mas, um dia, percebemos que uma ordem maravilhosa e perfeita habitava em tudo...que duas pessoas não podem encontrar-se um dia antes, mas só quando estiverem maduras para esse encontro. Maduras não segundo as suas inclinações ou preferências mas interiormente, obedecendo à lei irregável da astronomia, tal como se encontram os corpos celestes na imensidão do espaço e do tempo, com rigorosa exactidão, nesse segundo que é o segundo de ambos, na sucessão dos milénios e da infinitude espacial."
Author: Sándor Márai
43. "(...) só através dos pormenores podemos perceber o essencial, aprendi assim nos livros e na vida. É preciso conhecer todos os detalhes, porque nunca sabemos qual deles é importante, quando pode uma palavra iluminar um facto."
Author: Sándor Márai
44. "Who am I? I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed—you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great individuals and, alas, of all failures, as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human. You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin—it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I?"
Author: Sean Covey
45. "It is precisely in that relationship to the Reader that you will find most of the classic faults of style: pretension, condescension, servility, obscurantism, grandiosity, vulgarity, and the like--even academicism. That's why most faults of style can be described in language relevant to human relations. Is your style frank and open...does it have some understated agenda...is it out to prove something it does not or cannot admit...is it trying to impress...show off...is it kissing up...groveling...maybe just a tad passive-aggressive, with a mumbling half-audible voice that is unwilling to explain...is it trying to convince...overwhelm...help...seduce...give pleasure...inflict pain...There is no area of the writer's work that is more responsive to the psychology of human connection than style."
Author: Stephen Koch
46. "It's healthy to ditch class now and then." To be precise, it was healthier for humans if vampires ditched on days when human blood would be spilt."
Author: Stephenie Meyer
47. "Now death is uncool, old-fashioned. To my mind the defining characteristic of our era is spin, everything tailored to vanishing point by market research, brands and bands manufactured to precise specifications; we are so used to things transmuting into whatever we would like them to be that it comes as a profound outrage to encounter death, stubbornly unspinnable, only and immutably itself."
Author: Tana French
48. "I listen to the things people want out of love these days and they blow my mind. I go to the pub with the boys from the squad and listen while they explain, with minute precision, exactly what shape a woman should be, what bits she should shave how, what acts she should perform on which date and what she should always or never do or say or want; I eavesdrop on women in cafes while they reel off lists of which jobs a man is allowed, which cars, which labels, which flowers and restaurants and gemstones get the stamp of approval, and I want to shout, Are you people out of your tiny minds?"
Author: Tana French
49. "But was it not true that there were people, certain individuals, whom one found it impossible to picture dead, precisely because they were so vulgar? That was to say: they seemed so fit for life, so good at it, that they would never die, as if they were unworthy of the consecration of death."
Author: Thomas Mann
50. "Sometimes I know the meaning of a word but am tired of it and feel the need for an unfamiliar, especially precise or poetic term, perhaps one with a nuance that flatters my readership's exquisite sensitivity."
Author: William Safire

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