Gene Wolfe Quotes.

1. "all time exists.that is the truth beyond the legends the epopts tell. if the future did not exist now, how could we journey toward it? if the past does not exist still, how could we leave it behind us?"
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

2. "I was young, so that I desired high things only."
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

3. "One can’t found a novel theology on Nothing, and nothing is so secure a foundation as a contradiction."
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

4. "if a pauper were to leap from the parapet of this bridge each time we draw breath, we should live forever, because the city breeds and breaks men faster than we respire."
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

5. "A legend, a lie, and a likelihood make a tradition’?"
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

6. "There are beings—and artifacts—against which we batter our intelligence raw, and in the end make peace with reality only by saying, It was an apparition, a thing of beauty and horror. Somewhere among the swirling worlds I am so soon to explore, there lives a race like and yet unlike the human. They are no taller than we. Their bodies are like ours save that they are perfect, and that the standard to which they adhere is wholly alien to us. Like us they have eyes, a nose, a mouth; but they use these features (which are, as I have said, perfect) to express emotions we have never felt, so that for us to see their faces is to look upon some ancient and terrible alphabet of feeling, at once supremely important and utterly unintelligible."
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

7. "We have books whose papers are matted of plants from which spring curious alkaloids, so that the reader, in turning their pages, is taken unaware by bizarre fantasies and chimeric dreams."
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

8. "In the final reckoning there is only love, only that divinity. That we are capable only of being what we are remains our unforgivable sin."
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

9. "I would take an oath that I smelled Agilus’s blood on the rain-washed air before his head banged into the basket."
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

10. "He who had given all books into my keeping made me blind so that I should know in whose keeping the keepers stand."
- Gene Wolfe, Shadow & Claw

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