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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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The effect of this cannot be understood without being there. The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you.

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Nothing that lived and breathed was truly objective-even in a vacuum, even if all that possessed the brain was a self-immolating desire for the truth.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: We all live in a kind of continuous
We all live in a kind of continuous dream," I told him. "When we wake, it is because something, some event, some pinprick even, disturbs the edges of what we've taken as reality.

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You can either waste time worrying about a death that might not come or concentrate on what's left to you.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: Whenever i write first drafts i like to
Whenever I write first drafts, I like to maximize the possibility of f-ups, mistakes, mis-written words, digressions, crazy changes in tone, etc. This is why I don't use outlining software or even a computer and why I spread pages and images and research materials kinda crazy across the table. Never know what'll happen.

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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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Was he the woman with no clue where the ant was or the ant, unaware it was on the woman?

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I had long ago stopped believing in promises. Biological imperatives, yes. Environmental factors, yes. Promises, no.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: I am just the biologist i dont require
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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And God said, Let there be light. God said that, Saul, and He has come from so far away, and His home is gone, but His purpose remains. Would you deny Him His new kingdom?

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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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The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats. Beyond the marsh flats and the natural canals lies the ocean and, a little farther down the coast, a derelict lighthouse. All of this part of the country had been abandoned for decades, for reasons that are not easy to relate. Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors' equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat.

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

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Control thought of the theories as "slow death by," given the context: Slow death by aliens. Slow death by parallel universe. Slow death by malign unknown time-traveling force. Slow death by invasion from an alternate earth. Slow death by wildly divergent technology or the shadow biosphere or symbiosis or iconography or etymology. Death by this and by that. Death by indifference and inference. His favorite: "Surface-dwelling terrestrial organism, previously unknown." Hiding where all of these years? In a lake?

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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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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: Everything was imbued with emotion awash
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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We must trust our thoughts while we sleep. We must trust our hunches. We must begin to examine all of those things that we think of as irrational simply because we do not understand them. In other words, we must distrust the rational, the logical, the sane, in an attempt to reach for something higher, for something more worthy.

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I aimed my flashlight at the ground-and leapt back, gasping. Incredibly, a human face seemed to be rising out of the earth.

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You're on your own, like you've always been on your own. You have to keep going forward, until you can't go forward anymore.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: A sudden flash of his partner wyte
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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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: I felt in that moment as if it were all
I felt in that moment as if it were all a dream-the training, my former life, the world I had left behind. None of that mattered anymore. Only this place mattered, only this moment, and not because the psychologist had hypnotized me. In the grip of that powerful emotion, I stared out toward the coast, through the jagged narrow spaces between the trees. There, a greater darkness gathered, the confluence of the night, the clouds, and the sea. Somewhere beyond, another border.

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What's wrong with asking questions?" "Nothing." Everything. Once the questions snuck in, whatever had been certain became uncertain. Questions opened the way for doubt. His father had told him that. "Don't let them ask questions. You're already giving them the answers, even if they don't know it." "But you're curious, too," she said. "Why do you say that?" "You guard the light. And light sees everything.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: The longer i looked the more certain i
The longer I looked the more certain I became that these figures were real and living, though perhaps not according to the standards that the camera and the biologist would insist upon.

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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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Thieves slept the sleep of the just, their fingers still in someone else's till.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: Hellooo pelican come in come in no okay
Hellooo Pelican, come in, come in? No? Okay. You just be that way, you petulant bird.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: Above all dont think for what you think
Above all, don't think, for what you think happens!

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: Hes a man who measures words as if he
He's a man who measures words as if he had only a few given to him by Fate; too generous a syllable from his lips, and he might fall over dead.

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

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That is why the human race is dying-too limited an imagination. No thought for the consequences.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: Some things came to you late but late
Some things came to you late, but late was better than never.

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That is the tragedy of everyday life: when you are in it, you can never see your self clearly.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: Writing for me is like trying to restart
Writing, for me, is like trying to restart an engine that has rested for years, silent and rusting, in an empty lot
choked with water and dirt, infiltrated by ants and spides and cockroaches. Vines and weeds shoved into it and sprouting of it. A kind of coughing splutter, an eruption of leaves and dust, a voice that sounds a little like mine but is not the same as it was before.

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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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There's also a lot of gritty Americana type of bands. I actually have a lot of Britpop on my iPod, too.

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Trust your imagination. Don't be afraid to fail. Write. Revise. Revise. Revise.

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Even a dream as inspiration doesn't mean anything unless you then find that it's sparked an actual story with a plot.

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Dreams, though, are just one kind of inspiration - no more or less special than something in a newspaper article or from the world around you sparking inspiration.

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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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You can be deeply non-serious and still focused, disciplined, and on task.

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When they give you things, ask yourself why. When you're grateful to them for giving you the things you should have anyway, ask yourself why.

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The city might be savage, stray dogs might share the streets with grimy urchins whose blank eyes reflected the knowledge that they might soon be covered over, blinded forever, by the same two pennies just begged from some gentleman, and no one in the fuming, fulminous boulevards of trade might know who actually ran Ambergris-or, if anyone ran it at all, but, like a renegade clock, it ran on and wound itself heedless, empowered by the insane weight of its own inertia, the weight of its own citizenry.

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My parents read to me a lot as a kid, and I started writing very early, probably spurred on by Aesop's fables. Then they gave me The Lord of the Rings way too early for me to fully understand what I was reading, which was actually kind of cool. It was almost better - comprehension's overrated when you're reading.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: If i could play an instrument it would
If I could play an instrument, it would probably be a cello or an electric guitar.

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Jeff VanderMeer Quotes: One of the most important things as a
One of the most important things as a writing instructor is to provide a lot of different entry points to subjects. To not impose your own personal experience as the One True Way.

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I like delivering a message, but what I find interesting is providing those details in a different context. Then the readers can make up their minds what it means.

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