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1. "What is my nothingness to the stupor that awaits you?"
Author: Arthur Rimbaud
2. "Observe how many people evade, rationalize and drive their minds into a state of blind stupor, in dread of discovering that those they deal with- their "loved ones" or friends or business associates or political rulers- are not merely mistaken, but evil. Observe that this dread leads them to sanction, to help and to spread the very evil whose existence they fear to acknowledge."
Author: Ayn Rand
3. "A novel is not moral in the usual sense of the word. It can be called moral when it shakes us out of our stupor and makes us confront the absolutes we believe in."
Author: Azar Nafisi
4. "Until that morning when we all went to the riverbank, I still believed Mother would take Leah, not me. Leah who, even in her malarial stupor, rushed forward to crouch with the battery in the canoe and counter its odd tilt. I was outshone was usual by her heroism. But as we watched that pirogue drift away across the Kwenge, Mother gripped my hand so tightly I understood that I had been chosen. She would drag me out of Africa if it was her last living act as a mother. I think probably it was."
Author: Barbara Kingsolver
5. "- Tuo padre è Aelle - asserì Merlino tranquillo.Lo guardai con stupore. - Come lo sai?- Ce l'hai scritto in faccia, Derfel. Questa notte, quando ti ho visto arrivare dalla porta della palizzata, per essere uguale a lui ti mancava solo un grande mantello di pelle di orso.Mi sorrise. - Ti ricordavo come un ragazzino serio serio, tutto domande, con un'espressione corrucciata, ma questa sera sei giunto come un guerriero degli dei, una terrificante creatura di ferro e d'acciaio, di scudo e pennacchio."
Author: Bernard Cornwell
6. "If we promoted justice and charity among men, we should be playing directly into the Enemy's hands; but if we guide them to the opposite behaviour, this sooner or later produces (for He permits it to produce) a war or a revolution, and the undisguisable issue of cowardice or courage awakes thousands of men from moral stupor. This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy's motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions."
Author: C.S. Lewis
7. "As suburban children we floated at night in swimming pools the temperature of blood; pools the color of Earth as seen from outer space. We would float and be naked—pretending to be embryos, pretending to be fetuses—all of us silent save for the hum of the pool filter. Our minds would be blank and our eyes closed as we floated in warm waters, the distinction between our bodies and our brains reduced to nothing—bathed in chlorine and lit by pure blue lights installed underneath diving boards. Sometimes we would join hands and form a ring like astronauts in space; sometimes when we felt more isolated in our fetal stupor we would bump into each other in the deep end, like twins with whom we didn't even know we shared a womb."
Author: Douglas Coupland
8. "Excessive suffering brings with it a kind of dull insensibility and stupor...."
Author: Émile Gaboriau
9. "This is the Hour of Lead-Remembered, if outlived,As freezing persons, recollect the Snow-First-Chill-then Stupor-then the letting go---"
Author: Emily Dickinson
10. "Mantenere, il mio verbo preferito, era successo. Come fa a saperlo? Pensai e mi risposi: lo sa e basta. Non avevo toccato niente di così liscio fino allora. Ora so neanche fino a oggi. Glielo dissi, che il suo palmo di mano era meglio del cavo di conchiglia, mentre risalivamo a riva, staccati. "Lo sai che hai detto una frase d'amore?" disse avviandosi verso l'ombrellone.Una frase d'amore? Neanche so cos'è, che le è venuto in mente? Ne sa più di me per via degli animali, ma si è sbagliata. Ho detto una frase di stupore. Il tatto è l'ultimo dei sensi ai quali sto attento. Eppure è il più diffuso, non sta in un organo solo come gli altri quattro, ma sparso in tutto il corpo. Mi guardai la mano, piccola e tozza e pure un poco ruvida. Chissà cosa avrà sentito nella sua. Non potevo chiedere, poteva essere per sbaglio una domanda d'amore."
Author: Erri De Luca
11. "The vision of Van Helsing as a vampire is one before which my imagination balks; this is doubtless only a shortcoming on my part; he may have been well fitted for the role, since as we have seen he had already the power, by means of speech, to cast his victims into a stupor."
Author: Fred Saberhagen
12. "My life in this pit will soon enter its fifth year. For more than forty-two months, I have thought hate, have lain down with hate in my heart, have dreamed hate and awakened with hate. I suffocate in the knowledge that I am the prisoner of a horde of vicious apes, and I rack my brain over the perpetual riddle of how this same people which so jealously watched over its rights a few years ago can have sunk into this stupor, in which it not only allows itself to be dominated by the street-corner idlers of yesterday, but actually, height of shame, is incapable any longer of perceiving its shame for the shame that it is."
Author: Friedrich Reck Malleczewen
13. "With 2 movies opening this summer, I have no relaxing time at all. Whatever I have is spent in a drunken stupor."
Author: Hugh Grant
14. "I had, of course, witnessed hundreds of people in a casino before, mindlessly dropping coins into slot machines. They don't play for money in America. It's true. The big payout is incidental to most gamblers. It's the numbness they're after. Not so in China. No one had that look of glazed stupor often found in American casinos."
Author: J. Maarten Troost
15. "Evil? What is that? ...You said you were death itself. Are you evil, then, or are you simply stronger and more awake than others? Who gives more shape to sentient history: the good, who adhere to the tried and true, or those who seek to rouse beings from their stupor and lead them to glory? A storm you are, but a much needed one, to wash away the old and complacent and prune the galaxy of deadweight." -Plagueis"
Author: James Luceno
16. "As my grandfather once famously shouted, in a drunken stupor, "You can't have fish tacos if you still have the hook in your mouth!" And while I have no idea what he meant, or how it's relevant, I tell that story to any indigenous Mexican I meet who doesn't speak English. Interestingly, they offer the wisest response possible: they simply nod and smile."
Author: Jarod Kintz
17. "My fears are agitated to an extreme degree and the dread of death involves me in a stupor of chilling indisposition."
Author: John Clare
18. "Pensar, analizar, inventar no son actos anómalos, son la normal respiración de la inteligencia. Glorificar el ocasional cumplimiento de esa función, atesorar antiguos y ajenos pensamientos, recordar con incrédulo estupor lo que el doctor universalis pensó, es confesar nuestra languidez o nuestra barbarie. Todo hombre debe ser capaz de todas las ideas y entiendo que en el porvenir lo será."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
19. "She stayed alone in a kind of reverie -- a sort of stupor. Step by step she lived over every instant of the time she had been with Robert after he had entered Mademoiselle Reisz's door. She recalled his words, his looks. How few and meager they had been for her hungry heart! A vision -- a transcendently seductive vision of a Mexican girl arose before her. She writhed with a jealous pang. She wondered when he would come back. He had not said he would come back. She had been with him, had heard his voice and touched his hand. But some way he had seemed nearer to her off there in Mexico."
Author: Kate Chopin
20. "Stupor, insanity, and curling up with a good book." Bright finished his coffee and slipped out of bed. "And I was wondering last night how I would fill my time today. Let me get dressed and have a spot of breakfast first."
Author: Lita Burke
21. "They heard rumors of other robot ponies [...] who were left to themselves after their mistresses and masters had grown weary of them, falling into a stupor before their hydraulic limbs squealed and locked, freezing up forever while their circuit boards fizzled and died. It sounded to Jenn that they had died of broken hearts— but to everyone else, they were just defective."
Author: Madeline Claire Franklin
22. "The gaze of others is quite without indulgence for our defects and that of Mantegna is pitiless. I am grateful to him. Harshness, in the realm of the arts, is a virtue, and it is sometimes a good thing to see oneself as one is. My stupor, however, comes from the fact that people recognise me where I myself seem to see a stranger. This leads one to meditate more deeply on the matter. Are they dwelling on my superficial appearance rather than on what I really am? Who can say?"
Author: Marie Ferranti
23. "I sat at the foot of a huge tree, a statue of the night, and tried to make an inventory of all I had seen, heard, smelled, and felt: dizziness, horror, stupor, astonishment, joy, enthusiasm, nausea, inescapable attraction. What had attracted me? It was difficult to say: Human kind cannot bear much reality. Yes, the excess of reality had become an unreality, but that unreality had turned suddenly into a balcony from which I peered into—what? Into that which is beyond and still has no name…"
Author: Octavio Paz
24. "I walked inside Macy's and faced the pathetic spectacle of a department store full of shoppers, none of whom were shopping for themselves. Without the instant gratification of a self-aimed purchase, everyone walked around in the tactical stupor of the financially obligated."
Author: Rachel Cohn
25. "Excuse me, Ms. Matthews; you are going to be late for class if you don't get going. Can you read the map, or are you already lost?" the stern voice of the secretary pulled me out of my stupor. "Um, no, I can read," I said, sheepishly, still unable to take my eyes off the mysterious boy staring back."Of course, you can read," she said sharply, snapping my entranced head back to reality. "Now, get to class."
Author: Rachel Higginson
26. "I have a pesky little critic in the back of my mind. He's a permanent fixture and passes judgment on everything I write.In order to placate him, especially when I'm endeavoring to write anything as ambitious as a novel, I have to constantly mutter, 'I'm not writing a masterpiece, I'm not writing a masterpiece.'This mantra lulls him into a kind of stupor so that he pays no attention to what I'm doing, because after all, I'm not claiming it's any good. Slowly, and secretly, one page at a time, I write my story.I know I've succeeded when he grudgingly admits, 'That's pretty good.' And if I'm lucky, every once in a while, I blow him away."
Author: Rukhsana Khan
27. "After a day of heat and hunger, one is weak and listless. But a certain stuport, an internal numbness, has its benefits: man could not survive here without it, for otherwise the biological, animal part of his nature would bite to death everything that is still human in him."
Author: Ryszard Kapuściński
28. "Would that be okay? It's just a day trip. I mean I know we just met yesterday, so, it's not like creepy or anything?" His confident grin falters for a quick second, long enough for me to snap out of my idiotic stupor.That sounds awesome. I nod. Let me just grab my bag.He lets out a relieved sigh and smiles. I fight the urge to stand on my tip toes and reach his lips. Because my guess is that cramming my tongue down his throat right now, would be creepy."
Author: Steph Campbell
29. "What the Enlightenment rejected in the South Sea islands was what it perceived as a stupor, the docile submission to whatever bit of the given is coming your way. And what's coming your way is unlikely to be a breeze or a cow or a coconut, but a new kind of screen you can zap or click to create the illusion that life isn't passing you by."
Author: Susan Neiman
30. "I tell you, Professor, growing up is a full contact sport. Somewhere in our brains, foolishness and naïveté join forces with a false sense of invincibility. Together, they score own-goals against their host's interests. All this happens while that referee known as ‘reason' is collapsed in a drunken stupor, unable to stop the madness. When he finally wakes up, all he can do is grant the useless penalty known as ‘hindsight'. But the outcome remains unchanged. The game is lost …"
Author: Taona Dumisani Chiveneko
31. "It went on for a month. Those who had taken it for a cosmic sign cringed beneath the sky each nightfall, imagining ever more extravagant disasters. Others, for whom orange did not seem an appropriately apocalyptic shade, sat outdoors on public benches, reading calmly, growing used to the curious pallor. As nights went on and nothing happened and the phenomenon slowly faded to the accustomed deeper violets again, most had difficulty remembering the earlier rise of heart, the sense of overture and possibility, and went back once again to seeking only orgasm, hallucination, stupor, sleep, to fetch them through the night and prepare them against the day."
Author: Thomas Pynchon
32. "School is disappointing. If science is exciting and art is exhilarating, the schools and universities have achieved the not inconsiderable feat of rendering both dull. As every scientist and poet knows, one discovers both vocations in spite of, not because of school. It takes years to recover from the stupor of being taught Shakespeare in English Lit and Wheatstone's bridge in Physics."
Author: Walker Percy

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