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  • Gabriel shared from Stoner (New York Review Books Classics) by John Williams
    Their lives had been expended in cheerless labor, their wills broken, their intelligences numbed. Now they were in the earth to which they had given their lives; and slowly, year by year, the earth would take them. Slowly the damp and rot would infest the pine boxes which held their bodies, and slowly it would touch their flesh, and finally it would consume the last vestiges of their substances. And they would become a meaningless part of that stubborn earth to which they had long ago given themselves.
  • Gabriel shared from Burr: A Novel (Vintage International) by Gore Vidal
    “The law,” he likes to say, “is simply whatever is boldly asserted and plausibly maintained.”
  • Gabriel shared from Burr: A Novel (Vintage International) by Gore Vidal
    We do not want the old to be sharper than we. It is bad enough that they were there first, and got the best things.
  • Gabriel shared from A Mercy by Toni Morrison
    yearning for the home Lina once knew where everyone had anything and no one had everything.
  • Gabriel shared from The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
    Man's principal trait is a readiness to believe anything. Otherwise, how could the Church have survived for almost two thousand years in the absence of universal gullibility?"
  • Gabriel shared from The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
    People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.
  • Gabriel shared from Rats by Robert Sullivan
    Sometimes, Kit featured ferrets or weasels killing rats, but rat killing without dogs was considered a slower sport, more suited for women and children.
    Note: Rat fighting w/o dogs better suited for women and kids #humor
  • Gabriel shared from Rats by Robert Sullivan
    exterminator hypothesized that rats grow to enjoy the ethnic foods of the ethnic group in whose neighborhood they live. Post-Schein rat food studies corroborate this observation to some extent; this rat adaption is more technically described as a "local food dialect."
    Note: Rats adapt.
  • Gabriel shared from Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) by Cormac McCarthy
    Only nature can enslave man and only when the existence of each last entity is routed out and made to stand naked before him will he be properly suzerain of the earth.
  • Gabriel shared from Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) by Cormac McCarthy
    The way of the world is to bloom and to flower and die but in the affairs of men there is no waning and the noon of his expression signals the onset of night. His spirit is exhausted at the peak of its achievement. His meridian is at once his darkening and the evening of his day.