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Dead anarchists make martyrs, you know, and keep living for centuries. But absent ones can be forgotten.
Odo said it all her life. 'Only peace brings peace, only just acts bring justice!
Where does your soul go, when you die in Hell?
You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.
You can’t crush ideas by suppressing them. You can only crush them by ignoring them. By refusing to think, refusing to change.
The universe as a giant harpstring, oscillating in and out of existence! What note does it play, by the way? Passages from the Numerical Harmonies, I supposed?
There is no break in the wholeness of time.
He loved Shevek, but he could not show him what freedom is, that recognition of each person's solitude which alone transcends it.
The strength of Shevek's personality, unchecked by any self-consciousness or consideration of self-defense, was formidable.
Nothing said in words ever came out quite even. Things in words got twisted and ran together, instead of staying straight and fitting together.
They argued because they liked argument, liked the swift run of the unfettered mind along the paths of possibility, liked to question what was not questioned.
A scientist can pretend that his work isn't himself, it's merely the impersonal truth. An artist can't hide behind the truth. He can't hide anywhere.
You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been.
An Odonian’s goal is positive, not negative. Suffering is dysfunctional, except as a bodily warning against danger. Psychologically and socially it’s merely destructive.
Power inheres in a center. You're going to the center.
There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
The individual cannot bargain with the State. The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issues the coins itself.
His eyes saved him. What they insisted on seeing and reporting to him took him out of the autism of terror.