2013 on Refined Quotes – Part 2 : The Books

Books

There was a lot of rereading for me (Infinite Jest, V, Mao II, Brave New World, Naked Lunch, Lord of Flies, The Trial, Swann’s Way, Crime and Punishment) and other side-stuff to do (a thesis on IP and philosophy courses) but still I managed to finally sink my teeth into a few great books. Here are short highlights:

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V. Pelevin – Buddha’s Little Finger

‘-Imagine that everything
which a beautiful woman can give one adds up to one
hundred per cent.’
‘-You bookkeeper . . .’
‘-Yes, one hundred. In that case, she gives ninety per cent of
that when one simply sees her, and everything else, the object
of a thousand years of haggling, is no more than an insignificant
remainder. Nor can that first ninety per cent be subdivided
into any component fractions, because beauty is
indefinable and indivisible, no matter what lies Schopenhauer
may try to tell us. As for the other ten per cent, it is no
more than an aggregate sum of nerve signals which would be
totally without value if they were not lent support by imagination
and memory.’

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V. Pelevin – Buddha’s Little Finger

In the old days anyone who felt like it could fling a rotten egg at the stage. Today, however, it’s the actors who are more

likely to rake the hall with machine-gun fire – they might even toss out a bomb. Think about it, who would you rather

be right now? An actor or a member of theaudience?’

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