Christianity is a religion in a rush.
Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.
Why can't reason give greater answers? Why can we throw a question further than we can pull in an answer? Why such a vast net if there's so little fish to catch?
I felt like I was beating a rainbow to death.
Religion is more than rite and ritual.
It is simple and brutal: a person can get used to anything, even to killing.
The tennis challenger starts strong but soon loses confidence in his playing. The champion racks up the games. But in the final set, when the challenger has nothing left to lose, he becomes relaxed again, insouciant, daring. Suddenly he's playing like the devil and the champion must work hard to get those last points.
Dawn came and matters were worse for it. Because now, emerging from the darkness, I could see, what before I had only felt, the great curtains of rain crashing down on me from towering heights and the waves that threw a path over me and trod me underfoot one after another.
My alarm clock during my childhood was a pride of lions.
Why do people move? What makes them uproot and leave everything they've known for a great unknown beyond the horizon? ... The answer is the same the world over: people move in the hope of a better life.
I have a story that will make you believe in God.
Scientists are a friendly, atheistic, hard-working, beer-drinking lot whose minds are preoccupied with sex, chess and baseball when they are not preoccupied with science.
It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.
The worst pair of opposites is boredom and terror. Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.
First wonder goes deepest; wonder after that fits in the impression made by the first.
My ears were full. Nothing more, not one more sound, could push into them and be registered.
You can get used to anything - haven't I already said that? Isn't that what all survivors say?
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