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My family trained me to be polite to people I had just met, and that included strangers. You speak when youre spoken to. You look people in the eye when they address you and when you address them back.
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The only important elements in any society are the artistic and the criminal, because they alone, by questioning the society's values, can force it to change.

— Samuel R. Delany

It is a magic book. Words mean things. When you put them together they speak. Yes, sometimes they flatten out and nothing they say is real, and that is one kind of magic. But sometimes a vision will rip up from them and shriek and clank wings clear as the sweat smudge on the paper under your thumb. And that is another kind.

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The pleasures of love are really quite wonderful
though I suspect they are rather a luxury and require a certain level of socioeconomic stability to be anything other than a mode of suffering.

— Samuel R. Delany

There are two types of codes, ciphers, and true codes. In the first, letters, or symbols that stand for letters, are shuffled and juggled according to a pattern. In the second, letters, words, or groups of words are replaced by other letters, symbols, or words. A code can be one type or the other, or a combination. But both have this in common: once you find the key, you just plug it in and out come logical sentences. A language, however, has its own internal logic, its own grammar, its own way of putting thoughts together with words that span various spectra of meaning. There is no key you can plug in to unlock the exact meaning. At best you can get a close approximation.

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He shrugged. Confusion was like struggling to find the proper way to sit inside his skin.

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He stopped, because he wasn't sure what Cryptography had established, and because he needed another moment to haul himself down from the ledges of her high cheekbones, to retreat from the caves of her eyes.

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When he's connected up to your nervous system, you'll be able to make him whistle, hiss, roar, flap his wings, and spit sparks, though it may take a few days to assimilate him into your body picture. Don't be surprised if at first he just burps and looks seasick. Take your shirt off, please.

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A number of things in 'Dhalgren' are just meant to function as mysteries. They're mysteries when the book begins, and they're mysteries when the book ends.

— Samuel R. Delany

My family trained me to be polite to people I had just met, and that included strangers. You speak when you're spoken to. You look people in the eye when they address you and when you address them back.

— Samuel R. Delany

Linguistics is very much a science. It's a human science, one of the human sciences. And it's one of the more interesting human sciences.

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The truth is always multiplex.

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There is a hollow, holey cylinder running from hilt to point in my machete. When I blow across the mouthpiece in the handle, I make music with my blade. When all the holes are covered, the sound is sad, as rough as rough can be and be called smooth. When all the holes are open, the sound pipes about, bringing to the eye flakes of sun on water, crushed metal. There are twenty holes. And since I've been playing music, I've been called all different kinds of fool - more times than Lobey, which is my name.

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Honesty is the best policy ; a policy is, after all, a strategy for living in the polis in the city ...

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