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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes

Would that not be the final humbling of the human condition? That the trees and birds, the fox and the rabbit, the wolf and the deer ... reach a point at which they do not even notice us, as we are transformed.
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But what if you discover that the price of purpose is to render invisible so many other things?

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I am just the biologist; I don't require any of this to have a deeper meaning. I am aware that all of this speculation is incomplete, inexact, inaccurate, useless. If I don't have real answers, it is because we still don't know what questions to ask. Our instruments are useless, our methodology broken, our motivations selfish.

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If you don't know your passion, it confuses your mind, not your heart.

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God, but the coast here was painfully beautiful, the dark lush greens of the fir trees piercing his brain, the half-raging sky and sea, the surge of salt water against the rocks twinned to the urgent wash of blood through his arteries as he waited for her to kill him or hear him out. Seditious thoughts: there would be nothing too terrible about dying out here, about becoming part of all of this.

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Everything was imbued with emotion, awash in it, and I was no longer a biologist but somehow the crest of a wave building and building but never crashing to shore.

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A sudden flash of his partner Wyte, telling him he was compromised, him replying, I don't have an opinion on that.

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I'm not an answer," she said. "I'm a question." She might also be a message incarnate, a signal in the flesh, even if she hadn't yet figured out what story she was supposed to tell.

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The world we are a part of now is difficult to accept, unimaginably difficult. I don't know if I accept everything even now. I don't know how I can. But acceptance moves past denial, and maybe there's a defiance in that, too.

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Above all, don't think, for what you think happens!

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Become a type, no one saw you. Paranoid thought: What better disguise? But disguise for what?

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Some things came to you late, but late was better than never.

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I have always tended toward a lush prose style, but I take care to modulate it from story to story and to strip it down entirely when necessary.

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The music I listen to while writing is really scene-specific. It's just a great motivator, a way to put myself in the mood.

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My best time to write is right after coffee and breakfast - four eggs because, full disclosure: I'm really a komodo dragon - and that's because then I'm energized but not so awake that the critical voice clicks on, the voice that sometimes says, "Don't write that," or "Man, that sentence is terrible - you should give up and go pet the cats."

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If I could play an instrument, it would probably be a cello or an electric guitar.

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