When you get close enough to someone you're never really alone again.
The past is a distraction, a source of envy, enmity, bitterness. Only the present matters, for only in the present can we shape the future. Cut loose the past; it is dead weight. Let the Extirpation continue. Let it never end.
[F]olks would better off dipping their heads in a bucket of liquid [nitrogen] and battering them against a tree very very hard than reading Baxter's Titan. It would not surprise me if reading that book causes birth defects.
A citizen of the Roman Empire, for example, would have placed less value on individual liberty in the modern Western sense than on collective responsibility.
We do teach our kids the golden rule - Do as you would be done by.
Imagine God inside your computer, your phone, everyone else's computer. Imagine someone who almost is the Black Corporation, with all its power and riches and reach. And who, despite all this, seems pretty sane and beneficent by the standards of most gods. Oh, and who sometimes swears in Tibetan...
The Long Earth is bountiful but not forgiving.
When you realize that you are an eternal being, you will laugh at things that used to give you anxiety attacks.
Authority. The antithesis of science.
We ought to call ourselves Homo clamorans. Noisemaking man.
In the Vortex that lies beyond time and space tumbled a police box that was not a police box.
We seem to be young, in a very old Galaxy. We're like kids tiptoeing through a ruined mansion.
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