And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past.

— John Wyndham

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When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.

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Anybody who has had a great treasure has always led a precarious existence.

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Some quotations," said Zellaby, "are greatly improved by lack of context.

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But, as I understand it, your God is a universal God;

He is God on all suns and all planets. Surely, then, He must have universal form? Would it not be a staggering vanity to imagine that He can manifest Himself only in the form that is appropriate to this particular, not very important planet?

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The essential quality of life is living' the essential quality of living is change; change is evolution; and we are part of it.

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We all have our youthful follies, embarassing to recall -- but people somehow find it hard to dismiss as a youthful folly anything that has happened to be a financial success.

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Find a nice, self sufficient hilltop, and fortify it.

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If you want to keep alive in the jungle, you must live as the jungle does.

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It must be, I thought, one of the race's most persistent and comforting hallucinations to trust that "it can't happen here" -- that one's own time and place is beyond cataclysm.

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I don't think it had ever occurred to me that man's supremacy is not primarily due to his brain, as most of the books would have one think. It is due to the brain's capacity to make use of the information conveyed to it by a narrow band of visible light rays. His civilization, all that he had achieved or might achieve, hung upon his ability to perceive that range of vibrations from red to violet. Without that, he was lost.

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If you run away from a thing just because you don't like it, you don't like what you find either.

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Why should I? I've done nothing to be ashamed of. I am not ashamed - I am only beaten

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About John Wyndham

Quotes 27 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday July 10, 1903

I shall pray God to send charity into this hideous world, and sympathy for the weak, and love for the unhappy and unfortunate. I shall ask Him if it is indeed His will that a child should suffer and its soul be damned for a little blemish of the body.

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I'm a reliable witness, you're a reliable witness, practically all God's children are reliable witnesses in their own estimation--which makes it funny how such different ideas of the same affair get about.

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No... souls are just counters for churches to collect, all the same value, like nails. No, what makes man man is mind; it's not a thing, it's a quality, and minds aren't all the same value; they're better or worse, and the better they are, the more they mean.

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Knowing makes all the difference... It's the difference between just trying to keep alive, and having something to live for

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Why was I condemned to live in a democracy where every fool's vote is equal to a sensible man's?

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It's humiliating to be dependent, anyway, but it's still a poorer pass to have no one to depend on.

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Knowledge is simply a kind of fuel; it needs the motor of understanding to convert it into power.

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Children have a different convention of the fearful until they have been taught the proper things to be shocked at.

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There is an inability to sustain the tragic mood, a phoenix quality of the mind.

It may be helpful or harmful, it is just a part of the will to survive—yet, also, it has made it possible for us to engage in one weakening war after another. But it is a necessary part of our mechanism that we should be able to cry only for a time over even an ocean of spilt milk—the spectacular must soon become the commonplace if life is to be supportable.

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The humans have a curious force they call ambition.

It drives them, and, through them, it drives us. This force which keeps them active, we lack. Perhaps, in time, we machines will acquire it.

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There was often a great deal of grown-up fuss that seemed disproportionate to causes.

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...after all, what is a planet but an island in space?

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The simple rely on a bolstering mass of maxim and precept, so do the timid, so do the mentally lazy – and so do all of us, more than we imagine.

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The clock is the most sacred thing in a hospital.

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