March 22, 2014
"But you must recall, Severian, that when a gift is deserved, it is not a gift but a payment. The only true gifts are such as you now receive. I cannot forgive you for what you have done, but I cannot forget what you were."

— Gene Wolfe’s Shadow and Claw, Location 1659

March 18, 2014
"Furthermore, though I loved the guild I hated it too - not because of the pain it inflicted on clients who must sometimes have been innocent, and who must often have been punished beyond anything that could be justified by their offenses; but because it seemed to me inefficient and ineffectual, serving a power that was not only ineffectual but remote. I do not know how better to express my feelings about it than by saying that I hated it for starving and humiliating me and loved it because it was my home, hated and loved it because it was the exemplar of old things, because it was weak, and because it seemed indestructible."

— Gene Wolfe’s Shadow and Claw, Location 1310

March 18, 2014
"To me the most interesting is that of the Historians, which tells of a time in which every legend could be traced to half-forgotten fact. You see the paradox, I assume. Did that legend itself exist at that time? And if not, how came it into existence?"

— Gene Wolfe’s Shadow and Claw, Location 809

March 18, 2014
"I had been a man (if I was truly a man) such a short time; I could not endure to think that I had become a man so different form the boy I had been. I could remember each moment of my past, every vagrant thought and sight, every dream. How could I destroy that past?"

Gene Wolfe’s Shadow and Claw, Location 498

November 3, 2013
"I am the third wind
I come to you
When you have nothing left"

— Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman, Location 898

November 3, 2013
"For a long time he waited and watched the lion women groom themselves. Certainly they were among the most beautiful of animals, one of the nine sacred creatures, and how could it be otherwise? What living creature could be more godlike, with their indolent grace and murderous power, their feline wolfishness? The way they looked around with their black tear streaks dripping away from their eyes like festival paint; the way their gaze would come to rest on you, and you would quail and shrink; no, there was nothing like it. They could kill anything they wanted to."

— Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman, Location 361

November 3, 2013
"The lions were big and beautiful, glowing with the magical presence they always had—immense cats, the same in form as the little ones that hung around camp, except these biggest ones, as heavy as two or three men, ran in packs like wolves. That was an awesome combination, terrifying in what it meant for any other creature. Beautiful gods wandering the world, hunter gods who feared nothing."

— Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman, Location 355

November 3, 2013
"'Have you thought about what it means to be a god?' asked the man. He had a beard and a baseball cap. 'It means you give up your mortal existence to become a meme: something that lives forever in people's minds, like the tune of a nursery rhyme. It means that everyone gets to re-create you in their own minds. You barely have your own identity any more. Instead, you're a thousand aspects of what people need you to be. And everyone wants something different from you. Nothing is fixed, nothing is stable.'"

— Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Location 8712

November 3, 2013
"'My people went from here to America a long time ago. They went there, and then they returned to Iceland. They said it was a good place for men, but a bad place for gods. And without their gods they felt too… alone.'"

— Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Location 8621

November 3, 2013
"'But you know, the only thing I've really learned about dealing with gods is that if you make a deal, you keep it. They get to break all the rules they want. We don't. Even if I tried tow all out of here, my feet would just bring me back.'"

— Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Location 8525

November 3, 2013
"'You people talk about the living and the dead as if they were two mutually exclusive categories. As if you cannot have a river that is also a road, or a song that is also a color.'"

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Location 7124

November 6, 2011
"I sometimes think, Harry, that there are only two eras of any importance in the world’s history. The first is the appearance of a new medium for art, and the second is the appearance of a new personality for art also. What the invention of oil-piainting was to the Venetians, the face of Antinous was to late Greek sculpture, and the face of Dorian Gray will some day be to me."

— Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Location 140

November 6, 2011
"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul."

— Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Location 76

November 6, 2011
"Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless."

— Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Location 13

November 6, 2011
"At some point in your life, this statement will be true: Tomorrow you will lose everything forever."

— Charles Yu’s How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Location 2306