Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

— David Mitchell

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... in a cycle as old as tribalism, ignorance of the Other engenders fear; fear engenders hatred; hatred engenders violence; violence engenders further violence until the only "rights", the only law, are whatever is willed by the most powerful.

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Truth is singular. Its 'versions' are mistruths.

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...now I'm a spent firework; but at least I've been a firework.

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David Mitchell quote Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

Travel far enough, you meet yourself.

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If swans weren't real myths'd make up.

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Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.

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You say you're 'depressed' - all i see is resilience.

You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you're defective - it just means you're human.

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A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.

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I am going to tell you a secret. Everything is about wanting. Everything. Things happen because of people wanting. Watch closely, and you’ll see what I mean.

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My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean.

Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?

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What wouldn't I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.

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In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.

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I believe there is another world waiting for us. A better world. And I'll be waiting for you there.

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About David Mitchell

Quotes 225 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.

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How vulgar, this hankering after immortality, how vain, how false.

Composers are merely scribblers of cave paintings. One writes music because winter is eternal and because, if one didn't, the wolves and blizzards would be at one's throat all the sooner.

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What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?

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By each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.

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If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.

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Better a soulless clone... than a souled roach.

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- This isn't an interrogation or a trail.

Your version of the truth is the only thing that matters. -Truth is singular. It's 'versions' are mistruths.

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Me, I want to bloody kick this moronic bloody world in the bloody teeth over and over till it bloody understands that not hurting people is ten bloody thousand times more bloody important than being right.

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...it’s not just the person who fills a house, it’s their I’ll be back later!s, their toothbrushes and unused hats and coats, their belongingnesses.

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Creation never ceased on the sixth evening, it occurs to the young man.

Creation unfolds around us, despite us and through us at the speed of days and nights. And we call it love.

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An idler and a sluggard are as different as a gourmand and a glutton.

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Wars are never cured, they just go into remission for a few years.

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It's true that stammerers can become more adept at sentence construction.

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I understand now that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions.

All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so.

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All revolutions are the sheerest fantasy until they happen;

then they become historical inevitabilities.

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She has to lose her pre-Copernican view of a universe revolving around herself.

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Don't remember summer even saying goodbye.

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True knowledge without xperience is food without sustenance

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Go to hell, Willy, our souls eat poetry, but one has seven deadly sins to feed!

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I feel like something important has happened to me. Is this possible?

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Autumn is leaving its mellowness behind for its spiky, rotted stage.

Don't remember summer even saying goodbye.

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People are obscenities. Would rather be music than be a mass of tubes squeezing semisolids around itself for a few decades before becoming so dribblesome it'll no longer function.

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It's a small world. It keeps recrossing itself.

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Mother used to say escape is never further than the nearest book.

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Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.

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Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies, an' tho' a cloud's shape nor hue nor size don't stay the same, it's still a cloud an' so is a soul. Who can say where the cloud's blowed from or who the soul'll be 'morrow? Only Sonmi the east an' the west an' the compass an' the atlas, yay, only the atlas o' clouds.

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Only professional diplomats, inveterate idiots and women view diplomacy as a long-term substitute for war.

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In the 1970s and 1980s there was so little decent fiction for young people, but we're now in a golden age that shows no sign of fading. Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Lemony Snicket are only three of the best known among a good number of equals.

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I'm not from a milieu where high-register language or philosophical ideas were welcome.

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Probably in a parallel universe not far from here, I'm working for Nintendo.

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I have always preferred maps to books. They don't answer you back.

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Words are very powerful and can lead anyone reading them or hearing them, into contemplation and insight. How the mind follows suit is rarely palpable or expected. This impact is not a matter of metaphysical effects nor of an unexplainable phenomenon. It’s simply part of being human.

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The her that lived in her looked out through her eyes, through my eyes, and at the me that lives in me.

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Right, my phone. When these things first appeared, they were so cool. Only when it was too late did people realize they are as cool as electronic tags on remand prisoners.

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As an experienced editor, I disapprove of flashbacks, foreshadowings, and tricksy devices; they belong in the 1980s with M.A.s in postmodernism and chaos theory.

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Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience.

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Don't bemoan your misspent life quite yet.

Forgive me for flaunting my experience, but you have no conception of what a misspent life constitutes.

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