The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


“And when you look at the sky you know you are looking at stars which are hundreds and thousands of light-years away from you. And some of the stars don’t even exist anymore because their light has taken so long to get to us that they are already dead, or they have exploded and collapsed into red dwarfs. And that makes you seem very small, and if you have difficult things in your life it is nice to think that they are what is called negligible, which means that they are so small you don’t have to take them into account when you are calculating something.”
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, pp. 126-27
By Mark Haddon
Published 2003

The God Delusion

“To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-down anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and ‘improved’ by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries. This may explain some of the sheer strangeness of the Bible. But unfortunately it is this same weird volume that religious zealots hold up to as the inerrant source of our morals and rules for living.”
The God Delusion, p. 237
By Richard Dawkins
Published 2006

Dry


“I’ve only been here a few hours and I already feel like a mess. At my core, I am a vain and shallow person, and being in LA always brings this buried truth closer to the surface. I fear that my soul wants not tranquility and wisdom, but long, blond hair extensions that hang loosely down over my eyebrows and a ripped, liposuctioned stomach. I want pec implants and a chemical peel. I want Gucci loafers. I want Rupert Everett to be in love with me, a Range Rover and a new, small cell phone in my pocket.”
Dry, p. 221
By Augusten Burroughs
Published 2003