About Tom Killalea

Wondering how we can improve the experience of reading.

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  • Tom shared from Moby Dick: or, the White Whale by Herman Melville
    He saw God's foot upon the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad. So man's insanity is heaven's sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God.
    Note: Man's insanity is heaven's sense
  • Tom shared from Use of Weapons (Culture) by Iain M. Banks
    “If we kill him, and he turns out to have been important, then we might start a war, and too early.” “Perhaps, but I feel we must do what is not expected. To prove our humanity, to exploit our intrinsic advantage over the machines, if for no other reason.”
    Note: Game theory in Use of Weapons -- what defines humanity?
  • Tom shared from The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
    Should is a futile word. It’s about what didn’t happen. It belongs in a parallel universe. It belongs in another dimension of space.
    Note: @margaretatwood on the futility of "should".
  • Tom shared from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced—or seemed to face—the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.
    Note: The most understanding smile in literature?
  • Tom shared from House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
    Under the glitter of their opportunities she saw the poverty of their achievement.
    Note: Edith Wharton on society
  • Tom shared from Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by James McQuivey
    When people adopt technology, they do old things in new ways. When people internalize technology, they find new things to do.
    Note: @JMcQuivey is on to something
  • Tom shared from Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
    One of my favorite quotes comes from author Alice Walker, who observed, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
    Note: Lean In. A very relevant quote from Alice Walker.
  • Tom shared from My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
    This world doesn’t have too many Eskimos. It has too many sides and too many closed doors and too many people who don’t understand.
    Note: More wonderful words from the top of the world @DebbyEdwardson @EowynIvey
  • Tom shared from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
    The heart of the best woman is pitiless toward the sorrows of a rival.
    Note: Schadenfreude from Dumas
  • Tom shared from One Minus One (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries) by Ruth Doan MacDougall
    I looked at him. There were changes. But, still, he was I and I was he and there were all the years.
    Note: Wonderful sense of mood, time, and place in One Minus One. @Nancy_Pearl