Dan Simmons

A Quote by Dan Simmons on express, thought, genius, civilization, cosmos, word, idea, and human

Gass once wrote: "Language serves not only to express thought but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it." Here is the essence of mankind's creative genius: not the edifices of civilization nor the bang-flash weapons which can end it, but the words which fertilize new concepts like spermatozoa attacking an ovum. It might be argued that the Siamese twin infants of word/idea are the only contribution the human species can, will, or should make to the raveling cosmos.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 191

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A Quote by Dan Simmons on stagnation, immortality, humanity, and soul

There is no doubt that I have discovered the ultimate in stagnant human societies. The Bikura have realized the human dream of immortality and have paid for it with their humanity and their immortal souls.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 90

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A Quote by Dan Simmons

My three~ years [of wordless existence] allowed me to see, to feel, to hear--to remember, as if I literally had been born again. Little matter that I had been born again in hell; reworked experience is the stuff of all true poetry and raw experience was the birthing gift of my new life.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 189

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A Quote by Dan Simmons on history

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History viewed from the inside is always a dark, digestive mess, far different from the easily recognizable cow viewed from afar by historians.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 190

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A Quote by Dan Simmons on survival, dialogue, and talking

It occurs to me that our survival may depend upon our talking to one another.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 19

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A Quote by Dan Simmons on mystery, puzzle, and understanding

It is a mystery, and to tell the truth, I am intrigued by mysteries even if this is to be my last week of enjoying them. I would welcome some glimmer of understanding but, failing that, working on the puzzle will suffice.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 22

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A Quote by Dan Simmons

I confess that I felt something closer to exaltation than fear. Something inexplicable was happening. Forged in Jesuit logic and tempered in the cold bath of science, I nevertheless understood at that second the ancient obsession of the God-fearing for another kind of fear: the thrill of exorcism, the mindless whirl of Dervish possession, the puppet-dance ritual of Tarot, and the almost erotic surrender of seance, speaking in tongues, and Zen Gnostic trance. I realized at that instant just how surely the affirmation of demons or the summoning of Satan somehow can affirm the reality of their mystic antithesis--the God of Abraham.

Dan Simmons

Source: Hyperion, Pages: 79

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