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The Mysterious Stranger Quotes

11 of the best book quotes from The Mysterious Stranger
  1. #1
    ″... every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”
  2. #2
    “Foreordain it? No. The man’s circumstances and environment order it. His first act determines the second and all that follow after.”
  3. #3
    “Are you so unobservant as not to have found out that sanity and happiness are an impossible combination? No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is.”
  4. #4
    “You know that kind of quiver that trembles around through you when you are seeing something so strange and enchanting and wonderful that it is just a fearful joy to be alive and look at it.”
  5. #5
    ″‘And always we had wars, and more wars, and still other wars--all over Europe, all over the world. Sometimes in the private interest of royal families,’ Satan said, ‘sometimes to crush a weak nation; but never a war started by the aggressor for any clean purpose--there is no such war in the history of the race.‘”
  6. #6
    “I said it was a brutal thing.”
    “No, it was a human thing. You should not insult the brutes by such a misuse of that word; they have not deserved it.”
  7. #7
    “Only the mad can be happy, and not many of those.”
  8. #8
    “It gave an appalling idea of the value of an hour, and I thought I could never waste one again without remorse and terror.”
  9. #9
    ″... we had taken his silence as a sort of encouragement; necessarily, then, this talk of his was a disappointment to us, for it showed we had made no impression upon him... we knew then how the missionary must feel when he has been cherishing a glad hope and has seen it blighted.”
  10. #10
    “Among you boys you have a game: you stand a row of bricks on end a few inches apart; you push a brick, it knocks its neighbor over, the neighbor knocks over the next brick--and so on till all the row is prostrate. That is human life.”
  11. #11
    “To skip any one of the billion acts in Columbus’s chain would have wholly changed his life. I have examined his billion of possible careers, and in only one of them occurs the discovery of America.”