The creation by word-power of something out of nothing--what is that but magic? And, may I add, what is that but literature?
Extremes,' said the Controller, 'meet. For the good reason that they were made to meet.
Intellectuals are the kind of people who demand evidence and are shocked by logical inconsistencies and fallacies. They regard oversimplification as the original sin of the mind and have not use for the slogans, the unqualified assertion and sweeping generalization which are the propagandist's stock in the trade.
Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly—they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced. That's one of the things I try to teach my students—how to write piercingly.
Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.
They passed a bed of opium poppies, dispetaled now; the round, ripe seedheads were brown and dry - like Polynesian trophies, Denis thought; severed heads stuck on poles.