Robert Browning Quotes

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Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Great minds are always feared by lesser minds.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Google' is not a synonym for 'research'.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once.
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Robert Browning (The complete poetical works of Browning)
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To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, 'What is history, but a fable agreed upon?
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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God answers all prayers, but sometimes his answer is 'no'.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Nothing is more creative... nor destructive... than a brilliant mind with a purpose.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Nothing captures human interest more than human tragedy.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Our minds sometimes see what our hearts wish were true.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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The decisions of our past are the architects of our present.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Everyone loves a conspiracy.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Faith ― acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called Denial.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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The only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten you are divine.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Open your minds, my friends. We all fear what we do not understand.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, 'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!
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Robert Browning
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God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?
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Robert Browning (Men and Women and Other Poems (Everyman's Library))
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I walked a mile with Pleasure; She chatted all the way; But left me none the wiser For all she had to say. I walked a mile with Sorrow; And ne’er a word said she; But, oh! The things I learned from her, When Sorrow walked with me.
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Robert Browning Hamilton
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By its very nature, history is always a one-sided account.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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how sad and bad and mad it was - but then, how it was sweet
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Robert Browning
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Telling someone about what a symbol means is like telling someone how music should make them feel.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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These books can't possibly compete with centuries of established history, especially when that history is endorsed by the ultimate bestseller of all time." Faukman's eyes went wide. "Don't tell me Harry Potter is actually about the Holy Grail." "I was referring to the Bible." Faukman cringed. "I knew that.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Sometimes all it takes is a tiny shift of perspective to see something familiar in a totally new light.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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What really matters is what you believe.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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The power of human thought grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Remember tonight...for it's the beginning of forever. - Dante Alighieri
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Life is filled with secrets. You can't learn them all at once.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths… all faiths… are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Believe me, I know what it's like to feel all alone...the worst kind of loneliness in the world is the isolation that comes from being misunderstood, It can make people lose their grasp on reality.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven. The Bible is the product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Wide acceptance of an idea is not proof of its validity.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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I was made and meant to look for you and wait for you and become yours forever.
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Robert Browning
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When a question has no correct answer, there is only one honest response. The gray area between yes and no. Silence.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Forgiveness is God's greatest gift
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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My sun sets to rise again.
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Robert Browning
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The media is the right arm of anarchy.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their silence at times of crisis.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Knowledge grows exponentially. The more we know, the greater our ability to learn, and the faster we expand our knowledge base.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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stand tall, smile bright, and let them wonder what secrets making you laugh!
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Even the technology that promises to unite us, divides us. Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though, we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for the power that created us.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Days decrease, / And autumn grows, autumn in everything.
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Robert Browning
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Love is the energy of life.
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Robert Browning
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Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. β€”WINSTON CHURCHILL
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Dan Brown (Origin (Robert Langdon, #5))
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Imagine how different a world might be if more leaders took time to ponder the finality of death before racing off to war.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Can you keep secrets? Can you know a thing and never say it again?
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Nothing in Christianity is original.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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I believe that thinking about the problem … is your problem.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Madness breeds madness.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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The more man learned, the more he realized he did not know.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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I'm a fan of the truth... even if it's painfully hard to accept.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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No good deed goes unpunished.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Why, what is to live? Not to eat and drink and breathe,β€”but to feel the life in you down all the fibres of being, passionately and joyfully.
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barret Barrett 1845-1846)
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Sometimes, all you have to do is shift your perspective to see someone else’s truth.
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Dan Brown (Origin (Robert Langdon, #5))
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Learning the truth has become my life's love.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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I show you doubt, to prove that faith exists.
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Robert Browning
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Only one form of contagion travels faster than a virus. And that's fear.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Each of us is now electronically connected to the globe, and yet we feel utterly alone.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Best be yourself, imperial, plain, and true.
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Robert Browning
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May our philosophies keep pace with our technologies. May our compassion keep pace with our powers. And may love, not fear, be the engine of change.
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Dan Brown (Origin (Robert Langdon, #5))
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Darkness feeds on apathy.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Buddha had said: "Each of us is a God. Each of us knows all. We need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
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Robert Browning
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the most dangerous enemy is that which no one fears!
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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But believe me, just because the human mind can't imagine something happening...doesn't mean it won't.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.
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Robert Browning
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Denial is a critical part of the human coping mechanism. Without it, we would all wake up terrified every morning about all the ways we could die. Instead, our minds block out our existential fears by focusing on stresses we can handleβ€”like getting to work on time or paying our taxes.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Dante's poem, Langdon was now reminded, was not so much about the misery of hell as it was about the power of the human spirit to endure any challenge, no matter how daunting.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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No love is greater than that of a father for His son.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Skepticism has become a virtue. Cynicism and demand for proof has become enlightened thought. Is it any wonder that humans now feel more depressed and defeated than they have at any point in human history?
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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The truth can be glimpsed only through the eyes of death.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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We all fear what we do not understand.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Today is today. But there are many tomorrows
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Historically, the most dangerous men on earth were men of God…especially when their gods became threatened.
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Dan Brown (Origin (Robert Langdon, #5))
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There comes a moment in history when ignorance is no longer a forgivable offense... a moment when only wisdom has the power to absolve. - Bertrand Zobrist
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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I've got to stop being such a snob about leather-bound books, he reminded himself. E-books do have their moments.
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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Sometimes a legend that endures for centuries... endures for a reason.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Love is a private thing. The world does not need to know.
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Dan Brown (Origin (Robert Langdon, #5))
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Angels and demons were identical--interchangeable archetypes--all a matter of polarity. The guardian angel who conquered your enemy in battle was perceived by your enemy as a demon destroyer.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Fear cripples faster than any implement of war.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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If it wasn't painfully difficult, you did it wrong!
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Authors, he thought. Even the sane ones are nuts.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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But who is more ignorant? The man who cannot define lightning, or the man who does not respect its awesome power?
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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One does not need to have cancer to analyze its symptoms.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Paracelsus At times I almost dream I too have spent a life the sages’ way, And tread once more familiar paths. Perchance I perished in an arrogant self-reliance Ages ago; and in that act a prayer For one more chance went up so earnest, so Instinct with better light let in by death, That life was blotted out β€” not so completely But scattered wrecks enough of it remain, Dim memories, as now, when once more seems The goal in sight again.
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Robert Browning
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When swimming into a dark tunnel,there arrives a point of no return when you no longer have enough breath to double back.your choice is to swim forward into the unknown....and pray for an exit
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Dan Brown (Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4))
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There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness;....and, to know, rather consists in opening out a way where the imprisoned splendor may escape, then in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without.
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Robert Browning
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Don't tell anyone, but on the pagan day of the sun god Ra, I kneel at the foot of an ancient instrument of torture and consume ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh. ...And if any of you care to join me, come to the Harvard chapel on Sunday, kneel beneath the crucifix, and take Holy Communion.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Truth has power. And if we all gravitate toward similar ideas, maybe we do so because those ideas are true...written deep within us. And when we hear the truth, even if we don't understand it, we feel that truth resonate within us...vibrating with our unconscious wisdom. Perhaps the truth is not learned by us, but rather, the truth is re-called...re-membered...-re-cognized...as that which is already inside us.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))
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Every faith in the world is based on fabrication. That is the definition of faith―acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Every religion describes God through metaphor, allegory, and exaggeration, from the early Egyptians through modern Sunday school. Metaphors are a way to help our minds process the unprocessible. The problems arise when we begin to believe literally in our own metaphors. Should we wave a flag and tell the Buddhists that we have proof the Buddha did not come from a lotus blossom? Or that Jesus was not born of a literal virgin birth? Those who truly understand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical.
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Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2))
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Mr. Langdon, I did not ask if you believe what man says about God. I asked if you believed in God. There is a difference. Holy scripture is stories...legends and history of man's quest to understand his own need for meaning. I am not asking you to pass judgment on literature. I am asking if you believe in God. When you lie out under the stars, do you sense the divine? Do you feel in your gut that you are staring up at the work of God's hands?
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Lieutenant Chatrand: I don’t understand this omnipotent-benevolent thing. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: You are confused because the Bible describes God as an omnipotent and benevolent deity. Lieutenant Chatrand: Exactly. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: Omnipotent-benevolent simply means that God is all-powerful and well-meaning. Lieutenant Chatrand: I understand the concept. It’s just... there seems to be a contradiction. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: Yes. The contradiction is pain. Man’s starvation, war, sickness... Lieutenant Chatrand: Exactly! Terrible things happen in this world. Human tragedy seems like proof that God could not possibly be both all-powerful and well-meaning. If He loves us and has the power to change our situation, He would prevent our pain, wouldn’t he? Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: Would He? Lieutenant Chatrand: Well... if God Loves us, and He can protect us, He would have to. It seems He is either omnipotent and uncaring, or benevolent and powerless to help. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: Do you have children? Lieutenant Chatrand: No, signore. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: Imagine you had an eight-year-old son... would you love him? Lieutenant Chatrand: Of course. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: Would you let him skateboard? Lieutenant Chatrand: Yeah, I guess. Sure I’d let him skateboard, but I’d tell him to be careful. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: So as this child’s father, you would give him some basic, good advice and then let him go off and make his own mistakes? Lieutenant Chatrand: I wouldn’t run behind him and mollycoddle him if that’s what you mean. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: But what if he fell and skinned his knee? Lieutenant Chatrand: He would learn to be more careful. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: So although you have the power to interfere and prevent your child’s pain, you would choose to show you love by letting him learn his own lessons? Lieutenant Chatrand: Of course. Pain is part of growing up. It’s how we learn. Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca: Exactly.
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Dan Brown (Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1))
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Professor Langdon,' called a young man with curly hair in the back row, 'if Masonry is not a secret society, not a corporation, and not a religion, then what is it?' 'Well, if you were to ask a Mason, he would offer the following definition: Masonry is a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.' 'Sounds to me like a euphemism for "freaky cult." ' 'Freaky, you say?' 'Hell yes!' the kid said, standing up. 'I heard what they do inside those secret buildings! Weird candlelight rituals with coffins, and nooses, and drinking wine out of skulls. Now that's freaky!' Langdon scanned the class. 'Does that sound freaky to anyone else?' 'Yes!' they all chimed in. Langdon feigned a sad sigh. 'Too bad. If that's too freaky for you, then I know you'll never want to join my cult.' Silence settled over the room. The student from the Women's Center looked uneasy. 'You're in a cult?' Langdon nodded and lowered his voice to a conspiratorial whisper. 'Don't tell anyone, but on the pagan day of the sun god Ra, I kneel at the foot of an ancient instrument of torture and consume ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh.' The class looked horrified. Langdon shrugged. 'And if any of you care to join me, come to the Harvard chapel on Sunday, kneel beneath the crucifix, and take Holy Communion.' The classroom remained silent. Langdon winked. 'Open your minds, my friends. We all fear what we do not understand.
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Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3))