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You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
When you tire of living, change itself seems evil, does it not? for then any change at all disturbs the deathlike peace of the life-weary.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
I'm not so sure he's mad, Father. Just a little devious in his sanity.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz)
Bless me Father, I ate a lizard.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
The closer men came to perfecting for themselves a paradise, the more impatient they became with it, and with themselves as well. They made a garden of pleasure, and became progressively more miserable with it as it grew in richness and power and beauty; for then, perhaps, it was easier to see something was missing in the garden, some tree or shrub that would not grow. When the world was in darkness and wretchedness, it could believe in perfection and yearn for it. But when the world became bright with reason and riches, it began to sense the narrowness of the needle's eye, and that rankled for a world no longer willing to believe or yearn.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
[...]How can a great civilization have destroyed itself so completely?" "Perhaps,"said Apollo, "by being materially great and materially wise and nothing else.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
Listen, are we helpless? Are we doomed to do it again and again and again? Have we no choice but to play the Phoenix in an unending sequence of rise and fall? Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Carthage, Rome, the Empires of Charlemagne and the Turk: Ground to dust and plowed with salt. Spain, France, Britain, America—burned into the oblivion of the centuries. And again and again and again. Are we doomed to it, Lord, chained to the pendulum of our own mad clockwork, helpless to halt its swing? This time, it will swing us clean to oblivion.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
....to abuse the intellect for reasons of pride, vanity, or escape from responsibility, is the fruit of that same tree.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
The visage of Lucifer mushroomed into hideousness above the cloudbank, rising slowly like some titan climbing to its feet after ages of imprisonment in the Earth.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
There were spaceships again in that century, an dthe ships were manned by fuzzy impossibilities that walked on two legs and sprouted tufts of hair in unlikely anatomical regions. They were a garrulous kind. They belonged to a race quite capable of admiring its own image in a mirror, and equally capable of cutting its own throat before the altar of some tribal god, such as the deity of Daily Shaving. It was a species that considered itself to be, basically, a race of divinely inspired toolmakers; any intelligent entity from Arcturus would instantly have perceived them to be, basically, a race of impassioned after-dinner speechmakers.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
Quanto mais perto os homens chegavam de se proporcionar a si mesmos um paraíso perfeito, mais impacientes pareciam se tornar com ele - e consigo também". "Sic transit mundus".
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
LADY REPORTER: Are you in favor of Motherhood, Lord Ragelle? DEFENSE MINISTER: I am sternly opposed to it, Madam. It exerts a malign influence on youth, particularly upon young recruits. The military services would have superior soldiers if our fighting men had not been corrupted by Motherhood.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz)
After the Guam conference ended, it was reported that Pope Gregory ceased to pray for peace in the world. Two special Masses were sung in the basilica: the Exsurge quare obdormis, Mass against the Heathen, and the Reminiscere, Mass in Time of War; then, the report says His Holiness retired to the mountains to meditate and pray for justice.
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))
That's just it." He laughed. "The untrained man reads a paper on natural science and thinks; 'Now why couldn't he explain this in simple language.' He can't seem to realize that what he tried to read was the simplest possible language– for that subject matter. In fact, a great deal of natural philosophy is simply a process of linguistic simplification– an effort to invent languages in which half a page of equations can express an idea which could not be stated in less than a thousand pages of so-called 'simple' language. Do I make myself clear?
Walter M. Miller Jr. (A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1))