— Holly Black, libro The Darkest Part of the Forest
Fuente: The Darkest Part of the Forest
„True, but the strength of god is mightier still,
And oft, in direst strait,
It lifteth from the lowest depths of ill
Him who, with cloud-veiled eyes, was desperate.“
— Aeschylus ancient Athenian playwright -525 - -456 a.C.
Original: (el) Ἔστι· θεοῦ δ᾽ ἔτ᾽ ἰσχὺς καθυπερτέρα·
πολλάκι δ᾽ ἐν κακοῖσι τὸν ἀμάχανον
κἀκ χαλεπᾶς δύας ὕπερθ᾽ ὀμμάτων
κρημναμενᾶν νεφελᾶν ὀρθοῖ.
Fuente: Seven Against Thebes (467 BC), lines 226–229 (tr. Anna Swanwick)
„Human beings are such knotted, desperate pieces of work-it's a rare thing to know one completely, to the core, and still love him.“
— Dean Koontz, libro Your Heart Belongs to Me
Fuente: Your Heart Belongs to Me
„You speak horse?" Hazel asked.
"Speaking to horses is a Poseidon thing," Percy said. "Uh, I mean a Neptune thing."
"Then you and Arion should get along fine," Hazel said. "He's a son of Neptune too."
Percy turned pale. "Excuse me?“
— Rick Riordan, libro El hijo de Neptuno
Fuente: The Son of Neptune
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Women & men
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
„Leo,” Hazel gasped, “I can’t—my arms—”
“Hazel,” he said. “Do you trust me?”
“Me neither,” Leo admitted.“
— Rick Riordan, La marca de Atenea
Fuente: The Mark of Athena
— Patrick Rothfuss, libro El nombre del viento
Fuente: The Name of the Wind
„Human beings have hope. Not matter how desperate things are, they convince themselves that they can change things for the better."
- John Gregory (Clash of the Demons)“
— Joseph Delaney, libro The Spook's Sacrifice
Fuente: The Spook's Sacrifice
„People still insist on things like holistic healing and things that have no real basis in evidence because they want it to be true—it’s as simple as that.“
— Stephen Fry English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist 1957
"Last Chance to Think" Interview (2010) by Kylie Sturgess in Skeptical Inquirer. Vol 34 (1)
Contexto: The powers of the placebo are so strong that it may be morally wrong to call homeopathy a lie because the moment you say it then a placebo falls to pieces and loses its power. I am a great believer in double-blind random testing, which is the basis of all drug testing. People still insist on things like holistic healing and things that have no real basis in evidence because they want it to be true—it’s as simple as that. If you’re dying of cancer or very, very ill, then you’ll cling to a straw. I feel pretty dark thoughts about the kind of people who throw straws at drowning, dying men and women, and I’m sure most of us would agree it’s a pretty lousy thing to do. Some of these people perhaps believe in the snake oil they sell or allow themselves to believe in it. That’s why James Randi is so good, because he knows what magicians know: if you do a card trick on someone, they will report that it was unbelievable, they describe the effect the magician wanted, and they miss out all the steps in between that seemed irrelevant because the magician made them irrelevant, so they didn’t notice them. People will swear that a clairvoyant mentioned the name of their aunt from nowhere, and they will be astonished if you then play a recording that shows that thirty-two names were said before the aunt’s name, none of which had any effect on them. That’s because they wanted to hear their aunt’s name; they wanted the trick to work, so they forgot all the failures in the same way as people forget all their dreams that have no relevance to their lives, but they mark when they dream of someone they haven’t met for ages that they see the next day. I would be astounded if everyone had coincidences like that—yet people say that is somehow closed-minded of me!
— Rick Riordan, libro La sangre del Olimpo
Fuente: The Blood of Olympus
— Richard Adams, libro La colina de Watership
Fuente: Watership Down
— Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832
Bridal of Triermain, canto i. Stanza 21.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
— John Lydon English singer, songwriter, and musician 1956
The Kate Bush Story (2014)
Contexto: My favourite album by her is The Dreaming, and I think she produced that one herself. That got a lot of criticism — but I loved it. It was overloaded with textures, and tones and all manner of things. It’s a record that I still can play to this day, and still hear new things.
„You will study bioscience control, that ought to be useful—it will teach you the folly of thinking you can go against your genetic inheritance, for one thing.“
— Michael Swanwick, libro Stations of the Tide
Fuente: Stations of the Tide (1991), Chapter 13, “A View from a Height” (p. 236)