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Occasionally one may read a passage from a book that has a powerfully independent intrinsic message.  Often a character is explaining his or her justification for action in the course of a fictional story.  For me such statements become the heart of the book.  Often they concisely sum up an entire work of philosophy.     

"Reason, under pressure, usually produces prudence when boldness is called for."

From the science fiction book "Eternity Road," by Jack McDevitt (Published by Harper Paperbacks, copyright 1997 by Cryptic, Inc., ISBN:0-06-105208-6) the robotic form of Winston speaks to Chaka in the Grotto as he was attempting to describe why the value of reason is often exaggerated.

"Any world that produces intelligent creatures will necessarily appear to have been designed specifically for them .  It is impossible that it should be otherwise."

From the science fiction book "Eternity Road," by Jack McDevitt (Published by Harper Paperbacks, copyright 1997 by Cryptic, Inc., ISBN:0-06-105208-6) the computer (model MICA/SR Mark IV) called Mike speaks to Avila in the Grotto as it was explaining why there was no reason to believe that God made the world for intelligent life.

"I thought I would have enough moral authority to have all the influence in the new company. If you go into business, be very careful with whom you merge. I thought I was buying Time Warner, but they were buying me.... Then they merged with AOL, and that was a complete disaster... (and) I lost 85 percent of my wealth."  Ted Turner in an interview after Steve Case announced he was leaveing AOLTW January 2003  

  

 

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