Actually, the situation was intolerable. But then it was surprising how much intolerableness a man could tolerate.

The truth is that Trout, like Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and many others, writes parables. These are set in frames which have become called, for no good reason, science fiction. A better generic term would be 'future fairy tales'. And even this is objectionable, since many science fiction stories take place in the present or the past, far and near.

Look at those mountains. They go straight up, smooth as a politician denying he ever made a campaign promise.

The fortune of the man who sits also sits.

Invincible ignorance always upset him, even though he knew he should just laugh at it.

As science pushes forward, ignorance and superstition gallop around the flanks and bite science in the rear with big dark teeth.

It is no idle phrase that man was made in God's image. There is something worth saving in the worst of us, and out of this something a new man may be fashioned.

You had to make your choice between survival and efficiency, though in the long run survival was optimum efficiency, no matter how much time and effort it took.

This story is about love, which means that it is also about hate.

I seldom lie,' he said.

On returning to Germany, he rejoined Hitler, whom he believed to be the only man who could make Germany great again.

The n'k did not want to be enlightened. They resented the truth as if it threatened them. In this respect, they are most like humans.

It's not what a person says but what he does that reveals his true character.

For the unholy trinity of Bobs: Bloch, Heinlein, and Traurig— may I meet them on the banks of The River, where we'll board the fabulous Riverboat.

The ideal was the light; the real, the shadow.

First, humiliation, then humility, he would have said. And then comes humanity as a matter of course.

Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.

Know a man's faith, and you knew at least half the man. Know his wife, and you knew the other half.

Dullard: Someone who looks up a thing in the encyclopedia, turns directly to the entry, reads it, and then closes the book.

It was a shameful thing that she had nothing of which to be ashamed.

Experience was something it was difficult to avoid, though many people had managed to keep it to a minimum.