|—||Catch-22, by Joseph Heller|
|—||Yossarian, in Catch-22 by Joseph Heller|
‘Nothing doing,’ said Yossarian, shaking his head. ‘The only place I’m going is to sleep.’
Milo turned livid with indignation, his slim long nose flickering spasmodically between his black eyebrows and his unbalanced orange-brown mustache like the pale, thin flame of a single candle. ‘Yossarian, remember your mission,’ he reminded reverently.
‘To hell with my mission,’ Yossarian responded indifferently. ’ And to hell with the syndicate too, even though I do have a share. I don’t want any eight-year-old virgins, even if they are half Spanish.’
‘I don’t blame you. but these eight-year-old virgins are really only thirty-two. And they’re not really half Spanish but only one-third Estonian.’
‘I don’t care for any virgins.’
‘And they’re not even virgins,’ Milo continued persuasively. ‘The one I picked out for you was married for a short time to an elderly schoolteacher who slept with her only on Sundays, so she’s really almost as good as new.’
|—||Catch-22, by Joseph Heller|
“Dove?’ he asked, and he held his breath in suspense.
His heart cracked, and he fell in love.
|—||Catch-22, by Joseph Heller.|
|—||Carl Sagan, Contact (via im1004)|
|—||Tiffany Aching, “I Shall Wear Midnight” by Terry Pratchett|
|—||Havelock Vetinari, “Unseen Academicals” by Terry Pratchett|
He said, “Miss Tiffany, the witch… would you be so good as to tell me: What is the sound of love?
Tiffany looked at his face. The noise from the tug-of-war was silenced. The birds stopped singing. In the grass, the grasshoppers stopped rubbing their legs together and looked up. The earth moved slightly as even the chalk giant (perhaps) strained to hear, and the silence flowed over the world until all there was was Preston, who was always there.
And Tiffany said, “Listen.”
|—||Terry Pratchett, “I Shall Wear Midnight”|
Wash, on “Firefly”
By Joss Whedon
Terry Pratchett, “Snuff.”
I remember that he said it, if I recall correctly, in a footnote in “Men at Arms.”
|—||Lord Havelock Vetinari, “Snuff” by Terry Pratchett|
I have no problem with smuggling. It involves the qualities of enterprise, stealth and original thinking. Attributes to be encouraged in the common man. In truth, it doesn’t do that much harm and allows the man in the street a little frisson of enjoyment. Everyone should occasionally break the law in some small and delightful way. It’s good for the hygiene of the brain…
In short, a certain amount of harmless banditry amongst the lower classes is to be smiled upon if not actively encouraged, for the health of the city, but what should we do when the highborn and wealthy take to crime? Indeed, if a poor man will spend a year in prison for stealing out of hunger, how high would the gallows need to be to hang the rich man who breaks the law out of greed?
Lord Havelock Vetinari, in “Snuff” by Terry Pratchett.
Vetinari, in this case, is talking about smuggling tobacco since he has implemented a tax upon it. He is strictly against the smuggling of dangerous drugs.
|—||Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033|
One cartridge - one death. Someone’s life removed. A hundred grammes of tea cost five human lives. A length of sausage? Very cheap if you please: just fifteen lives. A quality leather jacket, on sale today, is just twenty-five so you’re saving five lives. The daily exchange at this market was equal in lives to the entire population of the metro.
Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033
An interesting look at the barter system of the post-apocalyptic setting of the book “Metro 2033.”