Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

  • He would keep going until something changed, and if nothing changed, he would keep going, anyway.
  • You will not see what you do not look for.
  • If given a knife and a hand in which to hold it, the mind would eventually eat itself.  Not because it wanted to; because it did not want to.
  • There had always been murder in the world, but telling himself so was no comfort.
  • Sooner or later, if there isn't a turncoat, the people make one.
  • When traitors are called heroes (and heroes traitors), dark times must have fallen.
  • There are quests and roads that lead ever onward, and all of them end in the same place--upon the killing ground.
  • Time's the thief of memory.
  • The only real beauty is order and love and light.
  • In the end there was only ka.
  • Boys must put on their fathers' pants in private, strut them in front of the mirror, and then sneak them back on their hangers; it was like that.  The father pretends he doesn't notice the new way the pants are hung up, or the traces of boot-polish mustaches still under their noses.
  • How we make large circles in earth for ourselves.  Around we go, back to the start and the start is there again:  resumption, which was ever the curse of daylight.
  • There are other worlds than these.
  • He fled the light and the knowledge the light implied, and so came back to himself.  Even so do the rest of us; even so the best of us.
  • The finite mind cannot grasp the infinite.
  • New knowledge leads always to yet more awesome mysteries
  • The greatest mystery the universe offers is not life but size.  Size encompasses life, and the Tower encompasses size.
  • Everything in the universe denies nothing; to suggest an ending is the one absurdity.
  • If a God watches over it all, does He actually mete out justice for a race of gnats among an infinitude of race of gnats?  Does His eye see the sparrow fall when the sparrow is less than a speck of hydrogen floating disconnected in the depth of space?  And if He does see...what must the nature of such a God be?  Where does He live?  How is it possible to live beyond infinity?
  • Only equals speak the truth.

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