Grant Morrison Quotes

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Enough madness? Enough? And how do you measure madness? - The Joker
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
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Adults...struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform to the rules of everyday life. Adults foolishly demand to know how Superman can possibly fly, or how Batman can possibly run a multibillion-dollar business empire during the day and fight crime at night, when the answer is obvious even to the smallest child: because it's not real.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Sometimes it’s only madness that makes us what we are.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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I run blindly through the madhouse ... And I cannot even pray ... For I have no God.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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Your head's like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune's all we are.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution)
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Metaphor is one of a group of problem-solving medicines known as figures of speech which are normally used to treat literal thinking and other diseases.
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Grant Morrison (The Filth)
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I just wanted all the wars to be over so that we could spend the money on starships and Mars colonies.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Laugh and the world laughs with you!
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Grant Morrison
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The interior of our skulls contains a portal to infinity.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Only nothing is impossible.
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Grant Morrison
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There's a palace in your head, boy. Learn to live in it always.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution)
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Writers and artists build by hand little worlds that they hope might effect change in real minds, in the real world where stories are read. A story can make us cry and laugh, break our hearts, or make us angry enough to change the world.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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It's salt. Why don't you sprinkle some on me, honey? Aren't I just good enough to eat?
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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Then I reminded myself that all intelligent children suffer bad dreams.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.
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Jim Morrison
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Talking to oneself, I have often thought, is the best way to be sure of intelligent and witty conversation.
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Grant Morrison (Sebastian O)
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The moon is so beautiful. It's a big silver dollar, flipped by God. And it landed scarred side up, see? So He made the world.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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Sometimes... sometimes I think the Asylum is a head. We're inside a huge head that dreams us all into being. Perhaps it's your head, Batman. Arkham is a looking glass... and we are you.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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One must commit acts of the highest treason only when dressed in the most resplendent finery.
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Grant Morrison (Sebastian O)
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The only thing that made me, or any of us, special was that no one in the whole of history would ever see the universe exactly the same way any other of us saw it.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Afraid? Batman's not afraid of anything. It's me. I'm afraid. I'm afraid that The Joker may be right about me. Sometimes…I question the rationality of my actions. And I’m afraid that when I walk through those asylum gates... when I walk into Arkham and the doors close behind me... it’ll be just like coming home.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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Einstein was wrong! I'M the speed of light CRACKING through shivery rainbows and GOD the sky whirls and withers like a melting RAINBOW!
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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From now on, I'm opting for ontological terrorism.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Vol. 6: Kissing Mister Quimper)
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We tell our children they're trapped like rats on a doomed, bankrupt, gangster-haunted planet with dwindling resources, with nothing to look forward to but rising sea levels and imminent mass extinctions, then raise a disapproving eyebrow when, in response, they dress in black, cut themselves with razors, starve themselves, gorge themselves, or kill one another.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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It's quite possible we may actually be looking at some kind of super-sanity here. A brilliant new modification of human perception, more suited to urban life at the end of the twentieth century...He creates himself each day. He sees himself as the lord of misrule and the world as a theatre of the absurd.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
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Sometimes you wonder, in an interconnected universe, who's dreaming who?
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Grant Morrison (Animal Man, Vol. 2: Origin of the Species)
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I couldn't think of one clever way to stop this guy, so I just trusted to mindless violence.
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Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Crawling from the Wreckage)
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Seven actors have played Batman on the big screen, and if you can name all seven without reading any further, your youth has been wasted.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Before it was a Bomb, the Bomb was an Idea. Superman, however, was a Faster, Stronger, Better Idea.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Imagine the earth’s population of six billion people reduced to just one hundred representatives. Statistically, that makes 30 white, 70 non-white. It means 6 people own 59% of the wealth and they all live in North America. 80 are in substandard housing. One has an education. One owns a computer. Don’t blame me if it all sounds crazy.
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Grant Morrison
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Nothing could be taken for granted. Women who loved you tried to cut your throat, while women who didn't even know your name scrubbed your back. Witches could sound like Katharine Hepburn and your best friend could try to strangle you. Smack in the middle of an orchid there might be a blob of jello and inside a Mickey Mouse doll, a fixed and radiant star.
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Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon)
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We're the new power, come to replace the old. Cameras in the head, children with microchips, spin doctors rewriting reality as it happens.
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Grant Morrison
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If this book has made any point clear, I hope it's that things don't have to be real to be true. Or vice versa.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Because it all derived from Superman. I mean, I love all the characters, but Superman is just this perfect human pop-culture distillation of a really basic idea. He's a good guy. He loves us. He will not stop in defending us. How beautiful is that? He's like a sci-fi Jesus. He'll never let you down. And only in fiction can that guy actually exist, because real guys will always let you down one way or another. We actually made up an idea that beautiful. That's just cool to me. We made a little paper universe where all of the above is true.
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Grant Morrison
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Hell is only the Cringe Eternal and the Place of our Self's Undoing. When Nietzsche proclaimed "God is Dead!" he forgot to add that Satan is also dead and we are free from all that antique tat.
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Superhero science has taught me this: Entire universes fit comfortably inside our skulls. Not just one or two but endless universes can be packed into that dark, wet, and bony hollow without breaking it open from the inside. The space in our heads will stretch to accommodate them all. The real doorway to the fifth dimension was always right here. Inside. That infinite interior space contains all the divine, the alien, and the unworldly we’ll ever need.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Actually, it's as if [Superman is] more real than we are. We writers come and go, generations of artists leave their interpretations, and yet something persists, something that is always Superman.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Abandon the 'I', because it's a lie.
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Grant Morrison
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Ah, I feel a sadness on me, Dane. That's how the Irish people say it. In their language, you can't say, "I am sad," or "I am happy". They understood what we English have long forgot. We're not our sadness. We're not our happiness or our pain but our language hypnotizes us and traps us in little labelled boxes.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution)
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I see now the virtue in madness, for this country knows no law nor any boundary. I pity the poor shades confined to the Euclidean prison that is sanity
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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I should say I am far more cleverer than any of the people who put me here. As a matter of fact, I could leave any time I wanted. It's only a doll house after all. Anyway, I don't mind. I like dolls. Particularly the live ones.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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Routine is important, I think. A good routine diverts the mind from morbid imaginings.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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The perfect fascist state needs to operate in conditions of perpetual warfare. Have you ever noticed how the world has been in constant crisis since World War II?
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Vol. 6: Kissing Mister Quimper)
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It's not so much that history is simply cyclical, it seems to progress via recursive, repeated fractal patterns with minute variations.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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You have given them an ideal to aspire to, embodied their highest aspirations. They will race, and stumble, and fall and crawl....and curse....and finally.... They will join you in the sun, Kal-El. They will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders.
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Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Vol. 2)
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Animal Man: 'Listen, just tell me one thing: am I REAL or what?' Grant Morrison: 'Of COURSE you're real! We wouldn't be here talking if you weren't real. 'You existed long before I wrote about you and, if you're lucky, you'll still be young when I'm old or dead. 'You're more real than I am.
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Grant Morrison (Animal Man, Vol. 3: Deus ex Machina)
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These characters were like twelve-bar blues or other chord progressions. Given the basic parameters of Batman, different creators could play very different music.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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We've always known we'd eventually be called upon to open our shirts and save the day, and the superhero was a crude, hopeful attempt to talk about how we all might feel on that day of great power, and great responsibility.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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And I ask him why he cuts his arms with a razor. "Just fo feel. Just to feel something.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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When was the last time you had a thought that wasn't put there by THEM?
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution)
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Idealists and reformers all become executioners in their turn. The road to utopia ends with the steps of the scaffold, the endless moment of the guillotine.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution)
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Oh, yes! Fill the churches with dirty thoughts! Introduce honesty to the White House! Write letters in dead languages to people you've never met! Paint filthy words on the foreheads of children! Burn your credit cards and wear high heels! Asylum doors stand open! Fill the suburbs with murder and rape! Divine madness! Let there be ecstasy, ecstasy in the streets! Laugh and the world laughs with you!
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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Kipling: Where's your sense of humor? Rebis: We're working on reconstructing it...
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Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol, Vol. 2: The Painting That Ate Paris)
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I’m a false icon! The media collaborate in promoting my superficial lifestyle as somehow more valid, more worthy of attention than your real lives! - Gideon Stargrave
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Grant Morrison
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Look at us! Are we not proof that there is no good, no evil, no truth, no reason? Are we not proof that the universe is a drooling idiot with no fashion sense - Mr Nobody on the fundamental philosophy of the Brotherhood of DADA
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Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol, Vol. 2: The Painting That Ate Paris)
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Amid all the bangs and the drama and the grand passions, it's kindness and just ordinary goodness that stands out in the end.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Vol. 7: The Invisible Kingdom)
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We are the hands and eyes and ears, the sensitive probing feelers through which the emergent, intelligent universe comes to know its own form and purpose. We bring the thunderbolt of meaning and significance to unconscious matter, blank paper, the night sky. We are already divine magicians, already supergods. Why shouldn't we use all our brilliance to leap in as many single bounds as it takes to a world beyond ours, threatened by overpopulation, mass species extinction, environmental degradation, hunger, and exploitation? Superman and his pals would figure a way out of any stupid cul-de-sac we could find ourselves in - and we made Superman, after all. All it takes is that one magic word.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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He read me extracts from a medical journal describing the progress of a staphylococcus aureus infection. And then he pleasured me with a potato.
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Grant Morrison
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I will rise from the darkness, shining like the morning star. Illuminated woman am I.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution)
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It's stupid, I know, but I care. All the things that meant so much when we were young. Under the blankets late at night, listening to long-distance radio. All those things lost now or broken. Can you remember? Can you remember that feeling? Perhaps I ought to go to a doctor.
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Grant Morrison (Animal Man, Vol. 3: Deus ex Machina)
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The 'medium' is unaware of its attractiveness, that's all. Everyone loves comics. I've proven this to my own satisfaction by handing them out to acountants, insurance brokers, hairdressers, mothers of children, black belts, pop stars, taxi drivers, painters, lesbians, doctors etc. etc. The X-Files, Buffy, the Matrix, X-Men - mainstream culture is not what it once was when science fiction and comics fans huddled in cellars like Gnostic Christians dodging the Romans. We should come up into the light soon before we suffocate.
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Grant Morrison
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In the world of the superheroes, everything had value, potential, mystery. Any person, thing, or object could be drafted into service in the struggle against darkness and evil - remade as a weapon or a warrior or a superhero. Even a little bee named Michael - after God's own avenging angel - could pitch in to win the battle against wickedness.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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If our shallow, self-critical culture sometimes seems to lack a sense of the numinous or spiritual it's only in the same way a fish lacks a sense of the ocean.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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People look at us and see the poor and the mad, but they're looking at us through the bars of their cages. There's a palace in your head, boy. Learn to live in it always.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Volume 1: Say You Want a Revolution)
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This is the end of our sentence
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Grant Morrison
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Somewhere in our Darkest Nights we made up a story about a Man who will never let us down.
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Grant Morrison
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I loved IRON MAN: Robert Downey Jr. has been and probably will be my favourite actor for a long time…but IRON MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, SUPERMAN RETURNS and all the others feel a little like Saturday morning cartoons next to the carbon black glory that is 'The Dark Knight.' Trust me, *this* is the future of this sort of thing.
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Grant Morrison (JLA: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1)
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Ours is an overpopulated, under educated, shithole in the throes of mass extinctions - it's a wonderful world.
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Grant Morrison (Nameless)
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He can survive anywhere. Anytime. Surviving is what he does.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne)
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CYCLOPS: Emma… I knew you wouldn’t turn your back on us. EMMA: Sweet as you are, I didn’t come back for you Scott. I came for my handbag. Lucky for you, this is a Louis Vuitton.
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Grant Morrison
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I'm just an actor. My performance is not more important than your life. Stop watching. We're false images designed to sell you products by exploiting your insecurities. To make you spectators in life, not participants.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Vol. 5: Counting to None)
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Batman knew what it was like to trip balls without seriously losing his shit, and that savoir faire added another layer to his outlaw sexiness and alluring aura of decadence and wealth.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human)
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Doctor Doom was exactly the sort of bastard who would have armed al-Qaeda with death rays and killer robots if he thought for one second it would piss off the hated Reed Richards and the rest of his mortal enemies in the Fantastic Four, but here he was sobbing with the best of them, as representative not of evil, but of Marvel Comics' collective shock, struck dumb and moved to hand-drawn tears by the thought that anyone could hate America and its people enough to do this.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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The first light had cast the first shadow.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human)
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Sometimes I feel like I'm writing pornography in the notebook of the gods.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Vol. 6: Kissing Mister Quimper)
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But a far more virulent strain survived. It's having sex with your thoughts. You'll give birth to increasingly more monstrous ideas.
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Grant Morrison (Nameless)
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You're much stronger than you think you are. Trust me.
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Grant Morrison (Absolute All-Star Superman)
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We live in the stories we tell ourselves.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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All is one in Darkseid. The mighty body is my church. When I command your surrender, I speak with three billion voices...
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Grant Morrison (Final Crisis)
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Cassandra Nova impersonating Xavier: Imagine the responsibility of all that destructive potential. The power to crack the firmament and extinguish suns… Imagine that in the wrong hands.
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Grant Morrison (New X-Men, Volume 2: Imperial)
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...A thought robot activated by the tremendous energies unleashed during collisions of fundamental opposing qualities. A new fusion process powered by... 'dualites'? No. There are no dualities. Only symmetries." Final Crisis: Superman Beyond
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Grant Morrison (Final Crisis)
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[He]... watches the Joker rising from his wheelchair, the way a rabbit watches car headlights bearing down, unable to move a single, spotlit muscle. The madman's limbs appear to unlatch as though some psychotic god has chosen to give life to a complicated Swiss Army knife. The Joker's head rotates... the green lasers of his eyes target the keys at the big man's belt, and he shakes his head.
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Grant Morrison (Batman and Son vs. the Black Glove)
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To know that we are only angels weighed down by filth, free of guilt? The bacteria in our bellies are responsible for the farts which shame us, tiny monsters shitting in their billions all over our pure skin create the acid reek of "our" sweat. And Slade: when the "inner voices" tell us we're unworthy or instruct us to "love" and "hate," despite our best instincts... are these incessant distracting thoughts our own? Or do we only hear the voice of the eternal germ screaming in our heads?
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Grant Morrison (The Filth)
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Individual humans are not super, but the organism of which we are all tiny cellular parts is most certainly that. The life-form that's so big we forget it's there, that turns minerals on its planet into tools to touch the infinite black gap between stars or probe the obliterating pressures at the bottom of the oceans. We are already part of a superbeing, a monster, a god, a living process that is so all encompassing that it is to an individual life what water is to a fish. We are cells in the body of a three-billion-year-old life-form whose roots are in the Precambrian oceans and whose genetic wiring extends through the living structures of everything on the planet, connecting everything that has ever lived in one immense nervous system.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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My art school rejection letter arrived as a cold manila fist that closed around my fragile hopes [...] The fear was practically edible. Nothing would happen unless I get out and make it happen. Then, as if handing me the keys to the jet pack, my dad bought me a typewriter and a taped message to the inside of its case: 'Son- the world is waiting to hear from you'.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Everybody gets everything handed to them. The rich inherit it. I don't mean just inheritance of money. I mean what people take for granted among the middle and upper classes, which is nepotism, the old-boy network.
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Toni Morrison
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mmmmen stink! bossss stink! hungry
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Grant Morrison (We3)
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Don't patronize me or I'll break your face - Damian Wayne (Prime Earth)
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Grant Morrison
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All it takes is one wrong turn. And there's always one wrong turn.
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Grant Morrison (Joe the Barbarian)
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No matter how shitty things are, you can always get a song out of it.
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Grant Morrison (Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery)
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Madness is born in the blood. It is my birthright.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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Words are ugly when they travel in packs.
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Grant Morrison
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Your pleasures lessen in intensity the more the are repeated. Yet your capacity to experience ever more agony--is inexhaustible.
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Grant Morrison (Nameless)
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Self-awareness: there is the black worm in the apple. Our curse is to know there's something terribly wrong with us.
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Grant Morrison (Nameless)
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Look at it, Dane. Look at the city and the world in its proud array, like a cask of jewels laid open for you. It'll offer you everything you ever wanted but it's just pictures on billboards; dream cars, dream women, dream houses. Time to wake up now and say goodbye. Remember, Dane: there's other worlds out there. It's only empty air here. Jump out of the world, jump to the place I showed you and you'll not fall. Are you ready? Are you ready to jump right off the edge of everything?
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Vol. 3: Entropy in the U.K.)
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Modern man has successfully razed the imaginative landscapes of primal peoples the whole world over. Kill the gods first, slaughter the sacred animals, rewrite the mythologies, and build roads through the holy places. Do all this and watch the people decline. Without souls, they soon die, leaving dead shells, zombie cultures, shambling aimlessly towards oblivion.
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Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol, Vol. 6: Planet Love)
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Pop, like Chronos the Titan, always eats its darlings.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles Book Two Deluxe Edition)
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The interior of our skulls contain a portal to infinity...of course it's happening in your head but why on earth should that mean it's not real?
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Grant Morrison
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The multiverse model offers an elegantly postmodern solution to character stasis in a market-driven serial publishing system which privileges constancy over major change.
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JosΓ© Alaniz (Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond)
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Doomed planet. Desperate scientists. Last hope. Kindly couple.
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Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Vol. 1)
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If our shallow, self-critical culture sometimes seems to lack a sense of the numinous or spiritual it’s only in the same way a fish lacks a sense of the ocean. Because the numinous is everywhere, we need to be reminded of it. We live among wonders. Superhuman cyborgs, we plug into cell phones connecting us to one another and to a constantly updated planetary database, an exo-memory that allows us to fit our complete cultural archive into a jacket pocket. We have camera eyes that speed up, slow down, and even reverse the flow of time, allowing us to see what no one prior to the twentieth century had ever seen β€” the thermodynamic miracle of broken shards and a puddle gathering themselves up from the floor to assemble a half-full wineglass. We are the hands and eyes and ears, the sensitive probing feelers through which the emergent, intelligent universe comes to know its own form and purpose. We bring the thunderbolt of meaning and significance to unconscious matter, blank paper, the night sky. We are already divine magicians, already supergods. Why shouldn’t we use all our brilliance to leap in as many single bounds as it takes to a world beyond ours, threatened by overpopulation, mass species extinction, environmental degradation, hunger, and exploitation? Superman and his pals would figure a way out of any stupid cul-de-sac we could find ourselves in β€” and we made Superman, after all.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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A child can accept all kinds of weird-looking creatures and bizarre occurrences in a story because the child understands that stories have different rules that allow for pretty much anything to happen. Adults, on the other hand, struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform to the rules of everyday life. Adults foolishly demand to know how Superman can possibly fly, or how Batman can possibly run a multibillion-dollar business empire during the day and fight crime at night, when the answer is obvious even to the smallest child: because it’s not real.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human)
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Ah yes, jobs. Once upon a time, souls were traded for immortality or riches. Now we are bought and sold with the promise of jobs. The human spirit is devalued currency. How the devil must be laughing.
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Grant Morrison (Hellblazer, Vol. 4: The Family Man)
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All the comics are sigils. "Sigil" as a word is out of date. All this magic stuff needs new terminology because it's not what people are being told it is at all. It's not all this wearying symbolic misdirection that's being dragged up from the Victorian Age, when no-one was allowed to talk plainly and everything was in coy poetic code. The world's at a crisis point and it's time to stop bullshitting around with Qabalah and Thelema and Chaos and Information and all the rest of the metaphoric smoke and mirrors designed to make the rubes think magicians are 'special' people with special powers. It's not like that. Everyone does magic all the time in different ways. "Life" plus "significance" = magic.
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Grant Morrison
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May in Varanasi. 25Β° and wet. It's like the 6th circle of the inferno here, Edith - where they flail the arses off the howling heretics and the men who fuck marine life etc. NATO's stomping on the Balkans while India and Pakistan threaten one another with nukes. "Dead From the Waist Down" on MTV. The humidity's making me horny and mad. I miss Robin. In his new book, Ken Wilbur calls it "skin hunger". I feel like I'm building up a charge. Monsoon's on its way.
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Grant Morrison
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EMMA: Ah. There you are. Youβ€” littleβ€” John Sublime: Shhuhh… Hup. Don’t. Please… My mom met your parents in the Hamptons… I… I go through agonies of conscience every time we have to hurt one of you beautiful creatures… Emma… I’m doing God’s will… EMMA: Shut up! I am very cross about this! Very very very cross indeed! I look like a bloody heavyweight boxer!
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Grant Morrison
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The Hoodmen are far from being the worst of the servants of the Cult of the Unwritten Book, but they are among the most peculiar. You know when you’re trying to remember a word and it’s on the tip of your tongue but you can’t seem to get it out? Well, that’s because the Hoodmen have eaten it. They eat all the words that are on the tips of other people’s tongues. They thrive on misplaced words, savoring all the lost potential of each expression. They’re also able to convert words into electricity. Mr. Steele took an entire phrase.
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Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol, Vol. 2: The Painting That Ate Paris)
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But the superheroes showed me how to overcome the Bomb. Superhero stories woke me up to my own potential. They gave me the basis of a code of ethics I still live by. They inspired my creativity, brought me money, and made it possible for me to turn doing what I loved into a career. They helped me grasp and understand the geometry of higher dimensions and alerted me to the fact that everything is real, especially our fictions. By offering role models whose heroism and transcendent qualities would once have been haloed and clothed in floaty robes, they nurtured in me a sense of the cosmic and ineffable that the turgid, dogmatically stupid "dad" religions could never match. I had no need for faith. My gods were real, made of paper and light, and they rolled up into my pocket like a superstring dimension.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Even if it was against his will every time, Batman was hip to serious mind bending drugs. Batman knew what it was like to trip balls without seriously losing his shit, and that savoir faire added another layer to his outlaw sexiness and alluring aura of decadence and wealth.
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Grant Morrison
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anti-life equation = loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + self-worth Γ· mockery Γ· condemnation Γ· misunderstanding Γ— guilt Γ— shame Γ— failure Γ— judgment n = y where y = hope and n = folly love = lies life = death self = dark side β€”Grant Morrison, Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #3
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Fletcher Wortmann (Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
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It's always the same with lost people; you start out looking for them, and you end up losing yourself.
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Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol, Vol. 3: Down Paradise Way)
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ConstruΓ­ uma porta feita de palavras e por ela fugi
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Grant Morrison (New X-Men, Volume 1: E Is for Extinction)
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The multiverse has natural defenses none of you could have imagined. No one %$%$ with the judge of all evil.
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Grant Morrison (Final Crisis)
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So I sang out the barbarous words - karaoke from Hell.
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Grant Morrison (Nameless)
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Magneto Was Right' - Quentin Quire
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Grant Morrison
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I really think this is it... Third time lucky. This is the one... ...this is going to change everything.
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Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Vol. 2)
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Enjoy yourself out there... in the asylum.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth)
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Todo cuanto te ha ocurrido es real, incluso tus sueΓ±os. Ellos sobre todo
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Grant Morrison
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Your pleasures lessen in intensity the more they are repeated. Yet your capacity to experience ever more agony--is inexhaustible.
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Grant Morrison (Nameless)
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-Me ha parecido ver a Killer Croc. Es... sΓ³lo es una gabardina verde. -Un error muy comprensible. El otro dΓ­a confundΓ­ a una formidable monja con el PingΓΌino, seΓ±or.
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Grant Morrison (Batman and Son)
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El apocalipsis queda anulado. Hasta que yo lo diga.
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Grant Morrison (Batman and Son)
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Only a bitter little adolescent boy could confuse realism with pessimism.
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Grant Morrison (Flex Mentallo (1996) #4)
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He taught me that the measure of a man lies not in what he says but what he does.
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Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman #6)
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Home is run no more.
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Grant Morrison (We3)
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When the odds are impossible -- do the impossible.
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Grant Morrison
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Our stupidity has turned the world into a hand grenade. Our greed has pulled the pin.
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Grant Morrison (The Animal Man Omnibus)
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Of course I'm a threat. Why? Did you think for a moment that I wasn't?" - Emma Frost
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Grant Morrison (New X-Men by Grant Morrison: Ultimate Collection, Book 1)
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Grant slowly turned his head and got the barest glimpse before turning back. β€œNope,” Grant said. β€œNot a tourist. He’s one of the Italian meat-balls I punched out at the British Museum.
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Boyd Morrison (The Vault (Tyler Locke, #2))
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The whereabouts of Batman remain unknown. And yet… I can see him now, in the grip of implacable forces, innumerable foes. Somewhere without hope. In a place where all seems lost. And I know this… the enemy will look away, for just a moment, underestimating him for that single fraction of a second too long. And no matter how dark the night… there will be no hiding place for evil.
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Grant Morrison (Batman: Last Rites)
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few hours after I finished The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, something happened: I got it. Now, I can’t shake the sense that I read the best superhero single issue of the year. Morrison’s Multiversity project (available digitally on comiXology and Kindle , and in our third party marketplace ) is a grand one for DC Comics: eight single issues--each a #1, and
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Anonymous
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PHOENIX: As I was about to say… β€œTelekinesis” means β€œmind over matter.” U-Men: I’m not scared… I’ll match your natural powers with my electric blood transfusion. PHOENIX: No… No. I’m sorry, you won’t. All your minds… looking out through those little portholes… Naked insecurities crawling all over you like graffiti… So sad… You’ll be quiet and you’ll listen to someone else for just 5 minutes. Mind over matter? Think back to all that processed food you ate today to help calm your nerves. I’m thinking about it right now. I’m thinking of moving it up. U-Men: Aaautch! Bblaaauuurrr! PHOENIX: And moving it down. U-Men: Oh! Awwwww! PHOENIX: I don’t want you to get hurt but you have to understand… the more you annoy me the more I can’t help thinking about deconstructing you, molecule by molecule, memory by memory… until there’s nothing left but screaming, traumatized atoms. So don’t patronize me. Don’t threaten me. And don’t ever endanger any of my students again. Don’t even think about it. Or I’ll know.
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Grant Morrison
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But where in all of this description is the essential chair? Have we yet come even close to a full description of it? Did we even mention that several hundred years ago, it wasn't a chair but a tree? Where is it now? Here? Or in memory. We cannot even fully describe a chair and yet we say "I am." "I am...". Understand. There is no "I am." Nothing "is." Try to describe all that you are. Simultaneously discern the logical flaw in what I've just said. Now! Feel the white flame.
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Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, Vol. 4: Bloody Hell in America)
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Gotham City. Donde los sueΓ±os se vuelven sΓ³lidos y sangran. Donde los fantasmas existen y los monstruos dejan las huellas de sus pisadas entre el polvo. Donde vive el hombre sin precio, el hombre que no puede ser comprado ni vendido, ni apartado de su singular rumbo.
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Grant Morrison (Batman and Son)
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it’s the way those types of books should be done – to acknowledge that participation and to acknowledge the fact that the comic is an artifact in your hands that is brought to life by being in someone else’s hands who then applies their consciousness to it and extracts emotions and meanings, or not, depending on who they are.
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Cody Walker (The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison's Batman)
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I suggested in my last sermon that if Oolon Colluphid had tracked down the "God" who had left a message in five mile high letters of fire on the Quentulus Quazgar Mountains, he still wouldn't have found the person who actually created the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy – namely, Douglas Adams. Dorothy L. Sayers pressed the idea that "God is like an author" quite hard, and C.S. Lewis practically broke it. It's also been used by Mr Grant Morrison and Mr David Sim. But seriously. You "brights" will understand us Christians much better once you've grasped that when we talk about "God", we are thinking of something much less like a fairy and much more like a Douglas.
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Andrew Rilstone (Where Dawkins Went Wrong)
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At this point...my body's so worn out that the important stuff just kind of washes past me. But I'll tell you what. I'll never look at home the same way again. I'll never look at education the same way again. That's what's been missing here, the whole way, from Kampala to Juba. It's education. How are you supposed to want something if you've never seen it? And we totally take that for granted. I do, anyway. So, yeah, let's give it another day, but not much more than that. 'Cause I'm tired.
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Dan Morrison (The Black Nile: One Man's Amazing Journey Through Peace and War on the World's Longest River)
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When you take the time to look at the real relationship between faith and science, you find the two are not enemies; rather, they are friends. Granted, they are friends that do not always agree on everything. No friendship ever does. They have their points of tension. Every friendship has these as well. As friends, faith and science have a great deal of history together. They work hard to hold each other accountable and challenge one another to be better (I hope you have friends like that too).
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Jon Morrison (Clear Minds & Dirty Feet: A Reason to Hope, a Message to Share)
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So then, what exactly is freedom? Is it the ability to remain unaffected by an other, whether an individual, group, nation, or indeed, an ideology. How can such a Utopian freedom be attained? Thankfully, Newton's theoretical formula comes to our rescue! If we dwell in close proximity to an individual or group with a strong gravitational mass then it's extremely difficult to maintain our individual sense of freedom. Mathematics would suggest that the only way to diminish the imprisoning pull is to distance oneself from the physical proximity of the transmitter in question. Even a little separation will produce a significantly reduced mimetic force, one granting us a much needed taste of freedom.
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Dylan Morrison (Matrix Messiah)
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Movies have more power than any other medium to define the world we believe we live in.Β  When I was in high school, my classmates said that we didn’t have a β€œreal” high-school experience because it wasn’t like what we saw on TV.Β  Ironically, reality was less β€œreal” than fiction.Β  Motion pictures define our cultural consciousness.Β  I personally can’t imagine how I would process the world if I hadn’t watched movies.Β  There are certain experiences, like drugs and crime, that we know mostly from movies.Β  How we imagine the past and the future is largely determined by the films we’ve seen. And in some cases, the futures we’ve seen on screen influence the development of real technology and architecture, so that our fiction sets the course along which our reality will develop. The
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Patrick Meaney (Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's The Invisibles)
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Movies create the parameters against which we measure our lives.Β  They can either be a force for positive change or reinforce existing structures.Β  Mason asks, β€œHow do we take control of the hallucination?”  The series itself is a response:Β  The Invisibles is a fictional work that’s programmed to redefine the way we view reality.Β  Download this series into your mind, and you’ll come out the other side changed. This also ties into the way that Mason has discussed movies over the course of the series.Β  By finding the evolutionary message in non-intellectual, popular works like Speed and Independence Day, Mason is trying to take control of the hallucination.Β  Any work of art does not exist in a vacuum.Β  We assess it through cultural and social lenses, biased by our own circumstances and background.Β  Mason seeks out Invisible messages in everything he sees, and because that’s what he’s looking for, he finds them.Β  His goal is to teach everyone to think like that, to not see the intended pro-America or pro-hetero-normative message of a typical studio film, to instead find something subversive lurking in the most mundane entertainments.Β  If people build their lives in response to the films they see, then controlling the way they perceive the films means controlling the future direction of their lives. Next,
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Patrick Meaney (Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's The Invisibles)
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My interest in comics was scribbled over with a revived, energized passion for clothes, records, and music. I'd wandered in late to the punk party in 1978, when it was already over and the Sex Pistols were history. I'd kept my distance during the first flush of the new paradigm, when the walls of the sixth-form common room shed their suburban-surreal Roger Dean Yes album covers and grew a fresh new skin of Sex Pistols pictures, Blondie pinups, Buzzcocks collages, Clash radical chic. As a committed outsider, I refused to jump on the bandwagon of this new musical fad, which I'd written off as some kind of Nazi thing after seeing a photograph of Sid Vicious sporting a swastika armband. I hated the boys who'd cut their long hair and binned their crappy prog albums in an attempt to join in. I hated pretty much everybody without discrimination, in one way or another, and punk rockers were just something else to add to the shit list. But as we all know, it's zealots who make the best converts. One Thursday night, I was sprawled on the settee with Top of the Pops on the telly when Poly Styrene and her band X-Ray Spex turned up to play their latest single: an exhilarating sherbet storm of raw punk psychedelia entitled "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo" By the time the last incandescent chorus played out, I was a punk. I had always been a punk. I would always be a punk. Punk brought it all together in one place for me: Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius novels were punk. Peter Barnes's The Ruling Class, Dennis Potter, and The Prisoner were punk too. A Clockwork Orange was punk. Lindsay Anderson's If ... was punk. Monty Python was punk. Photographer Bob Carlos Clarke's fetish girls were punk. Comics were punk. Even Richmal Crompton's William books were punk. In fact, as it turned out, pretty much everything I liked was punk. The world started to make sense for the first time since Mosspark Primary. New and glorious constellations aligned in my inner firmament. I felt born again. The do-your-own-thing ethos had returned with a spit and a sneer in all those amateurish records I bought and treasured-even though I had no record player. Singles by bands who could often barely play or sing but still wrote beautiful, furious songs and poured all their young hearts, experiences, and inspirations onto records they paid for with their dole money. If these glorious fuckups could do it, so could a fuckup like me. When Jilted John, the alter ego of actor and comedian Graham Fellows, made an appearance on Top of the Pops singing about bus stops, failed romance, and sexual identity crisis, I was enthralled by his shameless amateurism, his reduction of pop music's great themes to playground name calling, his deconstruction of the macho rock voice into the effeminate whimper of a softie from Sheffield. This music reflected my experience of teenage life as a series of brutal setbacks and disappointments that could in the end be redeemed into art and music with humor, intelligence, and a modicum of talent. This, for me, was the real punk, the genuine anticool, and I felt empowered. The losers, the rejected, and the formerly voiceless were being offered an opportunity to show what they could do to enliven a stagnant culture. History was on our side, and I had nothing to lose. I was eighteen and still hadn't kissed a girl, but perhaps I had potential. I knew I had a lot to say, and punk threw me the lifeline of a creed and a vocabulary-a soundtrack to my mission as a comic artist, a rough validation. Ugly kids, shy kids, weird kids: It was okay to be different. In fact, it was mandatory.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Jane: Cliff...Oh! The metal's warm, like skin. Look at me, Cliff. Listen. Love means nothing at all. Life means nothing at all. Cliff: What?
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Grant Morrison (Doom Patrol, Vol. 2: The Painting That Ate Paris)
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There's only one joke worth laughing at and it's the joke of existence.
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Grant Morrison (Kid Eternity)
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Miles tells King Mob that β€œwe do not merely destroy our enemies.Β  We change them.”  This is a critical line because it illuminates the true nature of the war.Β  It is not a war of violence; it is a war of ideas.Β  The goal of each side is to win over people, to convince them that their side is right and the other’s is wrong.Β  Chaos and order are in perpetual conflict, and it is the interplay between the two elements that allows society to grow and change.Β  If one errs too far in one direction, things will fall apart – as we see with the descent into ultra-violence that is literally called β€œThings Fall Apart” (issue #9).Β  Generally, Morrison supports the Invisibles’ cause, as does the reader.Β  But the point of King Mob’s Volume Two arc, as well as the character of Jolly Roger, is to demonstrate that excessive chaos can result in the same kind of oppression as excessive order.Β  It’s best when the elements are in balance.
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Patrick Meaney (Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's The Invisibles)
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Want to know what The Invisibles is about?Β  Read the first page of this issue.Β  It contains an explanation for virtually everything that happens in the series.
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Patrick Meaney (Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's The Invisibles)
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Harmony House’s goal of a stable, safe society may be understandable, but their means effectively cut out the humanity that makes life worthwhile.Β  They want to remove the difficult parts of life, but it is that difficulty and that suffering that allows us to grow and eventually move on to a higher stage of consciousness.Β  Time is soil in which we can grow.
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Patrick Meaney (Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's The Invisibles)
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Why shouldn't we use all our brilliance to leap in as many single bounds as it takes to a world beyond ours, threatened by overpopulation, mass species extinction, environmental degradation, hunger, and exploitation? Superman and his pals would figure a way out of any stupid cul-de-sac we could find ourselves inβ€”and we made Superman, after all.
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Grant Morrison (Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human)
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Here the choice is simple. To remain at play within the field of living, fluid consciousness. Or to turn and face down evil one last time.
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Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Vol. 2)
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he experienced Thogal because he β€œwanted to taste the flavor of death” and that β€œin the cave, in Nanda Parbat, I hunted down and killed and ate the last traces of fear and doubt in my mind.
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Cody Walker (The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison's Batman)
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After Batwoman Katy Kane (she is usually β€œKathy Kane,” but Robin calls her β€œKaty” in this issue) breaks Bruce’s heart, Robin wonders how Bruce will survive and Alfred says, β€œHe learns. He perseveres. He begins again.” We see Batman going into Dr. Hurt’s isolation chamber in order to better understand the Joker. While we knew that Batman had undergone isolation in order to understand the Joker, the Katy Kane information gives us new context. So, rather than just an obsession with the Joker as it appeared back in Batman #673, Batman had to reinvent himself because his heart had been broken.
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Cody Walker (The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison's Batman)
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Dmitri-9: But the one I hated the most was the American space chimp., Ham, they called him. Handsome Ham! 'The John Glenn Of The Apes.' Did that privileged Capitalist shit ever have to drive a tractor?
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Grant Morrison (The Filth)
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Greg Feely/Ned Slade: Did you really shoot JFK? I didn't think chimpanzees lived that long. Dmitri-9: Stupid, imperialist bouffant? Ugly face? That shit was asking for it!
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Grant Morrison (The Filth)
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A blessing she was reckless enough to take for granted, lean on, as though Sweet Home was one... A bigger fool never lived.
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Toni Morrison (Beloved)