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"Silence is the language of God.
All else is poor translation."
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 "They tell me I must wade into waters, where I will soon drown. Before I march in, I leave this on the shore for you. I pray you find it, sister, so you will know what was in my heart as I went under."

Khaled Hosseini: And the Mountains Echoed.

Some context: the quote is a  letter from a man to his sister, who was separated from him when they were both very young. By the time they finally meet again, his Alzheimer's has progressed to the point where he does not recognise her. It's simple but affecting. 

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 "Tolkien, when I encountered him in my teens, was a true genius, but his England was not mine."

...Fragano Ledgister, Making Light.
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"Born Edmund Scarasso, Lord Iron had taken his father's title and lands and ridden them, first to war, then to power, and finally to a notorious fame."
from 'The Cambist and Lord Iron', by Daniel Abraham.


'In the centre of the arrangement she hangs her own war standard, the torn coin-and-comet pennant that rallied her Dukes on the day the rebellion began, on the day it ended, and on all the days between."
from 'The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Her Field-General, And Their Wounds' by Seth Dickinson.

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"The game describes each animal with different hunting tactics and skills, but in practice it's easiest to run aimlessly through the woods until you see something, chase it until it runs into a tree and stab it when it doubles back towards you. Works up to and including elk. The only thing I felt guilty about killing was beavers because they're really slow and make a crying noise when you kill them, but they are so easy to hunt if you are level grinding"

-My sister on AC3. 

Also, back in the 1900s in Hastings (a small English seaside town I visited this weekend) there was once a winkle club. Members had to carry a winkle (a small seashell containing an edible mollusc) at all times and present it whenever they were challenged. If you could not produce your winkle on demand you had to pay a fine. Also, one guy had a suit made covered in silver-painted winkles. True story. 
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"It was not long until I felt an irresistible longing to travel again about the world, and to visit distant cities and islands in quest of profit and adventure."

-The Second Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor, from the Thousand and One Nights, translated by Sir Richard Burton 


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