John C. Wright quotes
John C. Wright
Birthdate: 22. October 1961
John C. Wright is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. A former lawyer, newspaperman, and newspaper editor. He was a Nebula Award finalist for his fantasy novel Orphans of Chaos. Publishers Weekly said he "may be this fledgling century's most important new SF talent" when reviewing his debut novel, The Golden Age. Wikipedia
Quotes John C. Wright
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 19, “The Swift God, Thrice-Greatest” Section 9 (p. 267)
Source: Orphans of Chaos (2005), Chapter 5, “To Walk with Owls” Section 3 (p. 86)
„You have reached that unfortunate age where you have all of life’s answers and you know everything more perfectly and more profoundly than your elders.“
Source: Fugitives of Chaos (2006), Chapter 1, “Interlude with Amelia” (p. 16)
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 22, “The Bubble Bath” (p. 300)
„Need I say that, if the universe is destroyed, it is unlikely that the British Isles will be preserved?“
Source: Fugitives of Chaos (2006), Chapter 18, “Festive Days on the Slopes of Vesuvius” (p. 280)
„Merlin and Solomon can tell you how well the wise and learned can withstand the foolishness of love!“
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 10, “Love’s Proper Hue” Section 6 (p. 154)
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 18, “Dream Storm” Section 14 (p. 250)
„Reality is complex. The most we can hope for in life is partial solutions. And even such partial solutions as that are temporary, and may require irritating compromises. That is why I defined my actions in terms of an operational process, not in terms of an end goal. There is no end. Nothing ever ends. We do what we can when we can. Factors beyond our control—” He made a gesture at the horizon and the sky, a gesture that seemed to encompass the material world, humanity, the stars, the fates, the actions and opinions of other people, all of external reality. “—factors beyond our control…we disregard.“
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 3, “Within Sight of the Land of Freedom” Section 1 (p. 43; ellipsis in the original)
„This thought had led to the fear that I might pick the wrong God to pray to. I thought that, because praying to the wrong God was expressly a sin, and because a merciful God might forgive me for forgetting to pray, it therefore followed that, even without knowing which one was the right one, my best chances lay in staying quiet and hoping for the best. That strategy worked in class when I didn’t know the answer, so I supposed it might work in the arena of theology, also.“
Source: Orphans of Chaos (2005), Chapter 3, “The First of the Secrets” Section 8 (p. 48)
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„When I was young, I thought the act of getting older meant, year by year, getting more sophisticated, more hard, cool, and unpitying. Less innocent.
Maybe that was a childish idea of what getting older was about. Maybe adults, mature adults, get more innocent with time, not less. Because the word “innocent” does not mean “naïve,” it means “not guilty.”
Children do small evils to each other, schoolyard fights and insults, not because their hearts are pure, but because their powers are small. Grownups have more power. Some of them do great evils with that power. But what about the ones who don’t? Aren’t they more innocent than children, not less?“
Source: Fugitives of Chaos (2006), Chapter 12, “North by Northwest” (p. 181)
„Educators know there are only two types of schooling: indoctrination and education.
Indoctrination teaches a student how to cleave to a party line, and to recite the slogans and bromides of the accepted conformity. He is taught only how to swallow lies, and there is no assurance he will not swallow the propaganda of foes as easily as that of friends. Such folk are hopelessly provincial to their time and place. Unable to distinguish truth from fable, they swallow both or spit both out, and become zealots, or, worse yet, cynics. The zealot holds that truth can be won with no effort; the cynic, that no effort will suffice.
Education teaches the art of skeptical inquiry. The student learns the thoughts of all the great minds of the past, so that the implications and mistakes of philosophy of various schools are not unknown to him. And he learns, first, current scientific theories and, second, how frail and temporary such theories can be. He learns to be undeceived by those who claim to know a last and final truth.“
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 22, “The Bubble Bath” (p. 309)
Source: Fugitives of Chaos (2006), Chapter 17, “The Ire of the Heavens” (p. 260)
Source: Orphans of Chaos (2005), Chapter 9, “Otherspace” Section 5 (p. 138)
„The Maiden had been abducted by the Unseen One, and raped. When the crime of the Unseen One finally came to light, instead of punishing his brother, Lord Terminus (who feared him) gave him the Maiden as his wife.
We have never forgiven Lord Terminus his crime, this cynical and smirking act of corruption. What kind of punishment is it to a rapist, to have the victim of his outrages be given to him in bounds of matrimony, his victim to be his, forever after? Lord Terminus decreed that when a husband takes a wife by violence, it is not rape, but holy matrimony; honor is satisfied once the wedding is performed.
Honor was satisfied, but we were not satisfied.“
Source: Orphans of Chaos (2005), Chapter 22, “Tales of the Demiurge” Section 3 (p. 293; cf. Deuteronomy 22.28-29 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+22%3A28-29&version=KJV)
„So that was my task as leader. Escape from a situation that was complex, dangerous, and littered with unknowns. Get out of the burning labyrinth without stepping on the buried land mines.“
Source: Fugitives of Chaos (2006), Chapter 3, “Circuitous Acts” (p. 42)
„You were raised perfectly well, better than most. If you feel that the world has treated you unfairly, you have achieved a state of mind well known to all teenagers, but maintained only by adults of a more shrill and self-absorbed type.“
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 22, “The Bubble Bath” (p. 306)
„Whatever dwelt among the stars had nothing to do with earthly concerns. I wonder if you will understand me if I said, staring at the indifference of the cold heavens, that I never felt less religious than in that moment, but staring at their majesty, the grandeur, I never felt more. Cruel Saturn’s created world was worthy of awe.“
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 7, “Works and Days” Section 5 (p. 93)
„I have an ongoing operational preference, rather than an end goal. I was raised in a prison, as a war hostage. War is illogical, wasteful. Wars become less frequent the more incentives rational beings have to cooperate rather than to compete. A free and peaceful commonwealth embracing all rational entities of this and every other universe, Cosmic and Chaotic, mortal and immortal, will deter wars.
The primary requirement, however, is freedom: universal freedom. If there are other people out there, raised in imprisonment as I was, I have a duty to liberate them, for the same reason why I would have welcomed any outside liberator who would have attempted to free me. We were in the most pleasant prison imaginable. It was still unacceptable. The present condition of the universe is unacceptable. Anything I can do, large or small, along these lines, I will do. Other problems are secondary, and may resolve themselves once this primary problem is solved.“
Source: Titans of Chaos (2007), Chapter 3, “Within Sight of the Land of Freedom” Section 1 (pp. 42-43)