Zaphod marched quickly down the passageway, nervous as hell, but trying to hide it by striding purposefully. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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No matter how much bravado someone musters, when he doesn’t genuinely believe he is good, others pick up on his shifting eyes and rising voice and other giveaways. Most people can spot fake confidence from a mile away.

Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone it has to be itself.” Berenice Abbott on Alone.


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But as in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of today, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.

– from “Berenice”

Edgar Allan Poe.

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Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties. The fantastic and unexpected, the ever-changing and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself.

To live is to war with trolls.” ― Henrik Ibsen

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“It was said in the old days that every year Thor made a circle around Middle-earth, beating back the enemies of order. Thor got older every year, and the circle occupied by gods and men grew smaller. The wisdom god, Woden, went out to the king of the trolls, got him in an armlock, and demanded to know of him how order might triumph over chaos.
“Give me your left eye,” said the king of the trolls, “and I’ll tell you.” 
Without hesitation, Woden gave up his left eye. “Now tell me.” 
The troll said, “The secret is, Watch with both eyes!” 

― John GardnerOn Moral Fiction


When she can’t bring me to heel with scolding, she bends me to shape with guilt.  Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing

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“Star Wars: Clone Wars: Chapter 21 (#3.1)” (2005)

Obi-Wan Kenobi: I know this will generate debate, but I suggest that in this time of war, we forego the trials and promote my padawan Anakin to Jedi Knight. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi: [by Hologram] Young one, the council requires your presence, immediately. 
Anakin Skywalker: I’ll be right there, master. 

Anakin Skywalker: If I’m late for another scolding, does it really matter? 
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Scolding? You’re not a little boy any more. But as long as you’re my student, you will heed my wisdom. 
Anakin Skywalker: You’re right, I’m not a little boy. And as far as your wisdom is goes, you’re no Qui-Gon Jinn! 

Obi-Wan Kenobi: And now we must leave our roles as master and student. It is time we became…brothers.