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Acknowledge your fear, odd one. Fearlessness is for the insane and the arrogant. You are neither. Those who rely on you for their lives will be well served only if you fear what you should fear. You are a unique soul, a child of grace, but you can still fail yourself and others. -- Dean Koontz
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Because when you're doing it, then it's just something you do. But
if you talk about it, then it's something you are -- Dean Koontz
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Now, an hour later, Ethan stood at a window, gazing at the rain, like threads of seed pearls, accessorizing the hills of Bel Air.
Watching weather clarified his thinking.
Sometimes only nature felt real, while all human monuments and actions seemed to be the settings and the plots of dreams. -- Dean Koontz
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She says that each of us has his or her role in life, and if we know ourselves well enough to understand what that role is, we will be happy doing nothing but what we can do best. -- Dean Koontz
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Mankind was, in reality, the most ruthless, dangerous, unforgiving species on earth. -- Dean Koontz
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When making his music, he [Elvis Presley] had been the essence of cool, but in his movies he was often a self-parody embarrassing to watch. Colonel Parker, his manager, who had picked movie scrips for him, had served Elvis less well than the monk Rasputin had served Czar Nicholas and Alexandra. -- Dean Koontz
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Although experience has taught me to trust my feelings, I did not go inside to stand guard near her. She had asked me to wait on the bench. I had no intention of crossing her. Like most men, I find it mortifying to be ass-kicked by a woman who doesn't even weigh 110 pounds after Thanksgiving dinner. -- Dean Koontz
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In this world only the paranoid survive. -- Dean Koontz
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Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer. -- Dean Koontz
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My only armor is my belief that life has meaning and that, when my last sun has set and my last moon has risen, when the dawn comes that marks the moment when I am born with the dead, there will be mercy. -- Dean Koontz
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I knew that suffering can purify, that it's a kind of fire that can be worth enduring, but there were degrees of it to which I chose not to subject myself. -- Dean Koontz
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She can put her life in Mitch's strong hands and fall at once into a dreamless sleep. In a sense, that is what marriage is about-a good marriage-a total trusting with your heart, your mind, your life. -- Dean Koontz
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We are destined to be together forever. We have a card that says so. Gypsy Mummy is never wrong. -- Dean Koontz
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The opportunity to love a dog and to treat it with kindness is an opportunity for a lost and selfish heart to be redeemed. They are powerless and innocent, and it is how we treat the humblest among us that surely determines the fate of our souls -- Dean Koontz
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I didn't tell her that death lies dormant in each of us and will bloom in time. -- Dean Koontz
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She might have been born this way, without an empathy gene and other essentials. In that case, she would interpret any kindness as weakness. Among predatory beasts, any display of weakness is an invitation to attack. -- Dean Koontz
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Sometimes I think there may be more truth in fiction than in real life. Or at least truth condensed so that it's more easily understood - Addison Goodheart pg. 84 -- Dean Koontz
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In the real world as in dreams nothing is quite what it seems. -The Book of Counted Sorrows -- Dean Koontz
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You don't find life by fleeing from it. -- Dean Koontz
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The divine has taken a few steps back from humankind, perhaps in revulsion, perhaps because we don't deserve to look directly upon holy beings anymore ... When the divine enters the world these days from outside of time, it manifests discreetly through children and animals. -- Dean Koontz
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The flesh on the nape of my neck did the crawly thing that it does so well. Some people say this is God's warning that the devil is near, but I've noticed I also experience it when someone serves me Brussels sprouts. -- Dean Koontz
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While life could be evaded, death could not. -- Dean Koontz
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The wall clock and her wristwatch had stopped, their sweep hands no longer wiping away the seconds, and the digital clock on the microwave had gone dark, as if something that lived outside of time had stepped into this world and brought its clockless ambiance with it. -- Dean Koontz
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When it reached him, the dog settled on its belly, then rolled onto its back with all four legs in the air, making itself vulnerable. It gave him a look that was full of love, trust, and a little fear. Crazily, -- Dean Koontz
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Life, Stormy says, is not about how fast you run or even with what degree of grace. It's about perseverance, about staying on your feet and slogging forward no matter what. -- Dean Koontz
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Think much about girls. Considering my long, pale face and hound-dog eyes behind black-rimmed glasses with thick lenses, maybe I already knew that even through adulthood -- Dean Koontz
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I stood there, inexpressibly grateful that my life, for all its terrors, is so filled with moments of grace. -- Dean Koontz
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In this uncertain space between birth and death, especially here at the end of the world in Moonlight Bay, we need hope as surely as we need food and water, love and friendship. -- Dean Koontz
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An elaborately jointed array of bones landed in my lap, spasming like a broken crab. My cry was every bit as manly as that of a young schoolgirl surprised by a hairy spider. I knocked the thing off me, onto the floor. It -- Dean Koontz
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I'm sure, you'll never again have a problem with a tool or a machine. No more hammered thumbs, no vacuum-cleaner catastrophes." "That'll take a second miracle." "Because all that clumsiness was never anything but an elaborate excuse not to have a gun, not to learn how to use one. -- Dean Koontz
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Humor is a petal on the flower of hope, and hope blossoms on the vine of faith. They have faith in each other and faith that life has meaning, and from this faith comes their indefatigable good humor, which is their greatest gift to each other - and to me. -- Dean Koontz
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From time to time, things in this world fall out of harmony, and there is a need to synchronize. -- Dean Koontz
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Remember, there are cookies waiting here for you. -- Dean Koontz
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Fear is the engine that drives the human animal. Humanity sees the world as a place of uncountable threats, and so the world becomes what humanity imagines it to be. They not only live in fear but use fear to control one another. Fearmongering is their true religion. -- Dean Koontz
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The true nature of the world was weirder than any bizarre fabric that anyone might weave from the warp and weft of imagination's loom. -- Dean Koontz
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I won't be able to run with ghosts and slip down dark alleyways in quite the swift and stealthy fashion that I do now; but perhaps children will be amused by my hippopotamic heroics, and no one will disagree that bringing laughter to children in a dark world is admirable. -- Dean Koontz
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Maybe the one dangerous thing about reading a library's worth of books was the way your imagination got pumped up like a bodybuilder on steroids. -- Dean Koontz
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What we do as a society is seek simple answers. -- Dean Koontz
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Cowards shrink from toil and peril, Vulgar souls attempt and fail; Men of mettle, nothing daunted, Persevere till they prevail. -- Dean Koontz
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How easy it might be to think that with the casting down of this crystal manna, the great metropolis has been sanctified, that it is as innocent as these bridal veils make it seem. -- Dean Koontz
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Evil is no faceless stranger, living in a distant neighborhood. Evil has a wholesome, hometown face, with merry eyes and an open smile. Evil walks among us, wearing a mask which looks like all our faces. -- Dean Koontz
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Watching the sea as it carried to shore millions of fragments of the sun and cast them, cooled and foaming, on the sand. -- Dean Koontz
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I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton's history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. -- Dean Koontz
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For a long time things were so bad. Very bad. Dark even when there was light.
The only thing that kept the dark back was the Forever Shiny Thing that was her secret ...
It is a word ... the word hangs on a silver chain. The word is HOPE. -- Dean Koontz
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The source of magic in this world is more mysterious than all the explanations that sorcerers and wizards have given for it, and it is more prevalent than can be understood by those who live according to the constricted form of reason so prevalent in our time. -- Dean Koontz
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I possess everyone who sleeps in the motor court, roam their memories, and embed recurrent nightmares that will destroy their sleep for weeks after I've departed them."
"I'd prefer a free continental breakfast. -- Dean Koontz
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These days, people spent too much time striving to understand their feelings - and then ended up with none that were genuine. -- Dean Koontz
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Always questioning your motivations is a healthy thing, but fearing your capacity for doing the wrong thing so that you retreat from many aspects of life is a terrible error in itself. -- Dean Koontz
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He had tried to shed his pain, to rise from the ashes like a drab phoenix with no hope except the cold peace of indifference. Now that events forced him to open himself to the world again, he was swamped by emotion as a novice surfer was overwhelmed by each cresting wave. -- Dean Koontz
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From birth to death we explore and seek, and in the end we arrive where we started, the past having made one great slow turn on a carousel to become our future, and if we have learned anything worth learning, the carousel will bring us to the one place we most need to be. -- Dean Koontz
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I've read more truth in fiction than in nonfiction, partly because fiction can deal with the numinous, and nonfiction rarely does. -- Dean Koontz
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Knowing the names of things is a way to pay respect to the beauty of the world ... -- Dean Koontz
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Fear is a hammer, and when the people are beaten finally to the conviction that their existence hangs by a frayed thread, they will be led where they need to go. -- Dean Koontz
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I fell in love with her for her sense of humour. If she ever lost her sense of humour, I would have to dump her. Then I'd kill myself because I couldn't live without her. -- Dean Koontz
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When I woke up and the dark wasn't gone yet, and the dark seemed so big, then she sang soft and made the dark small again.
That is the best of all things we can do for one another: Make the dark small. -- Dean Koontz
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Terror and pleasure are linked in us. We are a baldly miswired species, Martie. Terror delights us, both the experience of terror and the dealing out of it to others. We are healthier if we admit to this miswiring and do not struggle to be better than our natures allow. -- Dean Koontz
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Anyone who learns the true and hidden nature of the world will be terrified, Oddie, but there's a safe harbor past the terror. -- Dean Koontz
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Much of the world is beautiful, and much more is at least fair to the eye, and what might be ugly is nevertheless of the same texture as everything else and clearly belongs in the tapestry. -- Dean Koontz
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No one's life should be rooted in fear. We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are. -- Dean Koontz
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Our nature and purpose is, more than anything else, to love and to make love, to take joy from the beauty of the world, to live with an awareness that the future is not as real a place for any one of us as are the present and the past. -- Dean Koontz
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The dark makes the light stuff brighter. -- Dean Koontz
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That is, Jack thought, the way of life. The horror changes us, because we can never forget. Cursed with memory. It starts when we're old enough to know what death is and realize that sooner or later we'll lose everyone we love. We're never the same. But somehow we're all right. We go on. -- Dean Koontz
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All death matters."
"Only to the living. -- Dean Koontz
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I could live with one butt cheek - just sit at a slant for the rest of my life, not worry about how baggy the seat of my blue jeans looked, get used to the nickname Halfass - but I couldn't live with my brains blown out. -- Dean Koontz
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Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy. -- Dean Koontz
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The novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald said that the real dark night of the soul was always three o'clock in the morning, and those sixty minutes between three o'clock and four were reliably and literally the darkest in the city. -- Dean Koontz
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How obvious can it be? ... The purpose of makeup is to defy the degradations of time, and time is just a synonym for death. -- Dean Koontz
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I'm small, I'm young - and I'm so different. You've always respected that difference, and you've always trusted it. Trust me now. There's a reason I am the way I am, and there's a reason I was born to you. There's always a reason. We belong together. -- Dean Koontz
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The war had left his body pathetically damaged and weak, but his mind was as strong and clear as it had ever been, perhaps even tempered and made stronger by adversity. That, not madness, was his curse. -- Dean Koontz
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Although her eyes are neither golden nor heavenly blue, Terri Stambaugh has the vision of an angel, for she sees through you and knows your truest heart, but loves you anyway, in spite of all the ways that you have fallen from a state of grace. -- Dean Koontz
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We are born into time only to be born out of it, after living through the cycles of the seasons, under stars that turn because the world turns, born into ignorance and acquiring knowledge that ultimately reveals to us our enduring ignorance: The circle is the essential pattern of our existence. -- Dean Koontz
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Every beautiful facade seemed to conceal rot and ruin that I could almost see. -- Dean Koontz
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In a book, even the real bastards can't hurt you. And you can never loose a friend you make in a book. When you get to a sad part, no one's there to see you cry. Or wonder why you don't cry when you should. -- Dean Koontz
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Lying won't get you anything but misery. -- Dean Koontz
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Their melancholy drains me. Their need exhausts me. I am wrung by pity. Sometimes it seems that to exit this world, they must go through my heart, leaving it scarred and sore. -- Dean Koontz
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Sometimes it seems that to exit this world, they must go through my heart, leaving me scarred and sore. -- Dean Koontz
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I was finally convinced of something I had suspected for a long time: God has a sense of humor, and because the world is wondrous, God expects us to find reasons to smile even on the darkest days. -- Dean Koontz
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She'd been living in a prison since the day she'd been born, even after leaving her mother, a prison of fear and shame and lowered expectations, and she'd been so accustomed to her circumscribed life that she had not recognized the bars. -- Dean Koontz
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What we're talking about here is goodness, mercy, and justice- and those are not fantasies. They'll exist whether you believe in them or not. However, if you believe, then you'll put your beliefs in action; and if you act you will help ensure that evil doesn't triumph. But only if you act. -- Dean Koontz
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The things we worry about the most are never the things that bite us. The sharpest teeth always take their nip of us when we are looking the other way. -- Dean Koontz
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Being paid well for something you love to do - it's a grace. -- Dean Koontz
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But victimhood was seductive, a release from responsibility and caring. Fear would be transmuted into weary resignation; failure would no longer generate guilt but, instead, would spawn a comforting self-pity. -- Dean Koontz
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Lies such as love, guilt, hate, courage, loyalty, and honor. -- Dean Koontz
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To have your life blow up four times before you're thirty would take something out of anyone, and I think it drained from my mom just enough hope that she never quite built her confidence back to what it once had been. -- Dean Koontz
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Bad people succeed and good people fail, but that's not the end of the story. Miracles happen that nobody sees, and among us walk heroes who are never recognized, and people live in loneliness because they cannot believe they are loved. -- Dean Koontz
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A part of me knew ... from the moment I saw her;
her death would have been one wound too many that day. -- Dean Koontz
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Little mouse, you were so quick, so bright, so sweet, so full of life. And you still are everything you were then. None of it's lost forever. All that promise, all that hope, that love and goodness - it's still inside you. No one can take the gifts God gave you. Only you. -- Dean Koontz
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With a thick note of disbelief in her voice, Jilly said, 'You went through the wall to California?'
[Dylan] 'Yeah. Why not? Where'd you think we went-Narnia? Oz? Middle Earth? California's weirder than any of those places, anyway.'
Page 246 -- Dean Koontz
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Surrender to fear is an invitation to doubt. -- Dean Koontz
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If you're still, and if you don't hope too much, peace will come to you. It's a grace. But you have to choose happiness. -- Dean Koontz
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In all our lives, however, there are many days when we die a little, when we are wounded by loss or failure, or by fear, or by seeing the suffering of others for whom we are able to offer only pity, for whom we are powerless to offer aid, who are beyond mercy. -- Dean Koontz
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No offense intended to the satanists who might be reading this, but I have found that those who worship the devil tend to be sneaky, more deceitful by far than your average Methodist - and proud of it. -- Dean Koontz
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A short-order cook, just off work, makes easy tracking for lions and worse -- Dean Koontz
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Marriage is an expression of love and respect and trust and faith in the future, but the union of husband and wife is also an alliance against the challenges and tragedies of life, a promise that with me in your corner, you will never stand alone. -- Dean Koontz
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Home is the first refuge from - and last defense against - the disappointments and the terrors of life. -- Dean Koontz
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So," said the Russian, after regaining is composure, "the lesson of the model is that the universe - all its matter and forms of energy - arise out of thought. -- Dean Koontz
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Mr. Thomas, any scientist will tell you that in nature many systems appear to be chaotic, but when you study them long enough and closely enough, strange order always underlies the appearance of chaos. -- Dean Koontz
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And because we have been given thought, will, and imagination, albeit on a human scale, we too have this power to create. -- Dean Koontz
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Are you one of those people who uses words more for the sound than for the sense of them? -- Dean Koontz
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Quantum theory tells us, Mr. Thomas, that every point in the universe is intimately connected to every other point, regardless of apparent distance. In some mysterious way, any point on a planet in a distant galaxy is as close to me as you are. -- Dean Koontz
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Before you know it the hurt will be gone. It won't matter as much as it does now. I promise it won't. -- Dean Koontz
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His love was an architect that entirely remade the reality of the chapel, transforming it into a cathedral as grand as any in the world. -- Dean Koontz
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This was Greater Los Angeles in an age of change, crackling with the energy of doom, yearning for the Apocalypse, where an unintended slight or an inadvertent trespass on someone else's turf might result in a thermonuclear response. -- Dean Koontz
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The faintest scraping-ticking arose as the knuckles of the hinge leafs turned against pivot pins in need of oil, and the door swung ever so slowly into the kitchen, -- Dean Koontz
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To many people, free will is a license to rebel not against what is unjust or hard in life but against what is best for them and true. -- Dean Koontz
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Anyway, to maintain the right perspective, sweetie, we always should be at risk of failure, the possibility of making wrong choices. -- Dean Koontz
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I don't desire a change of scenery or exotic experiences. My heart yearns for familiarity, stability, the comfort of home- and my sanity depends on it. -- Dean Koontz
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This may be the primary purpose of dogs: to restore our sense of wonder and to help us maintain it, to make us consider that we should trust our intuition as they trust theirs and to help us realize that a thing known intuitively can be as real as anything known by material experience. -- Dean Koontz
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He said that the penny would not bring us luck, that even if it had been a million dollars, it would not of itself bring us luck and change our lives, that what happened to us was of our election - and therefore allowed us more hope than luck could ever provide. -- Dean Koontz
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kitchen radio brought news that the jihadists who had the previous day seized an ocean liner in the Mediterranean were now beheading passengers. -- Dean Koontz
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We are in this boot camp to learn, that if we don't persevere through all this world's obstacles and all its wounds, we won't earn our next life of great adventure. -- Dean Koontz
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If a man is a beast, he's a beast in his heart, and that's not the kind of heart that beats in you. -- Dean Koontz
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Dear, the man can't be eviscerated because he has no viscera. He's a walking colon. If you cut him open, you only end up covered in crap. -- Dean Koontz
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Although charismatic, James Dean is no Harrison Ford. In the majority of his movies, sooner or later he got the crap beaten out of him. -- Dean Koontz
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If my gift has a giver other than indifferent Nature and comes with a purpose, then the angel in charge of the Odd Thomas account must be operating on a shoestring budget. -- Dean Koontz
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Her direct stare probed, as if the story of my life were written in my eyes in a few succinct lines that she could read. -- Dean Koontz
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The dead don't talk. Perhaps they know things about death that the living are not permitted to learn from them. -- Dean Koontz
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If we were always conscious of the fact that people precious to us are frighteningly mortal, hanging not even by a thread, but by a wisp of gossamer, perhaps we would be kinder to them and more grateful for the love and friendship they give to us. -- Dean Koontz
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The more familiar that a place becomes, the more mysterious it becomes, as well, if you are alert to the truth of things. I have found this to be the case all of my life. -- Dean Koontz
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In our age, self-indulgence and self-destruction, rather than self-sacrifice, are the foundations for new heroic myths. -- Dean Koontz
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Never leave a friend behind. Friends are all we have to get us through this life
and they are the only things from this world that we could hope to see in the next. -- Dean Koontz
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... Any talent - whether to write songs or to write novels...came with the obligation to use it to the fullest of one's ability, with a fierce commitment barely distinguishable from neurotic obsession. ... In fact...commitment to the point of obsession wasn't merely an obligation but a necessity... -- Dean Koontz
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It was one of those rare times when remembering the dead was more inmportant than tending to the needs of the living. -- Dean Koontz
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You once told me that we're here to eat all the good Mexican food we can," I reminded him, "and when we've had our fill, it's time to move on. -- Dean Koontz
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She watched a serrated formation of brown pelicans slice the sky and leave no scar. -- Dean Koontz
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Every book has some real life in it. I was never pursued by an evil twin clone, but everything else in MR. MURDER was pretty much out of my own life. -- Dean Koontz
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I have learned a great deal from novels. Some of it is even true. -- Dean Koontz
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Sometimes the heart makes decisions the mind cannot, and though we know that the heart is deceitful above all things, we know that at rare moments of stress and profound loss it can be purged pure by suffering. -- Dean Koontz
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In our lives, we come to moments of great significance that we fail to recognize, the meaning of which sometimes does not occur to us for many years. Each of us has his agenda and focuses on it, and therefore we are often blind to what is before our eyes. -- Dean Koontz
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In certain fiction, she perceives truths that she rarely finds in nonfiction; therefore, in her quest to better understand the world and the meaning of her life, she reads those novels that suggest a world of wonders, dark and light, forever unfolding for eyes willing to see. -- Dean Koontz
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He actually felt as if God had sent the retriever to intrigue him, to remind him that the world was full of surprises and that despair made no sense when one had no understanding of the purpose - and strange possibilities - of existence. -- Dean Koontz
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People think power makes them big, but it brings out their inner bratty child and makes them small." - Grady Adams - "Breathless by Dean Koontz pg 287 chapter 59 -- Dean Koontz
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He's my father, whoever he is, so he must have had sex with my mother at least once, and I'd love to kill him for that. -- Dean Koontz
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If you really truly want to know, I've thought if I was ever free someday, I might discover I've held my tears so long that I can't cry anymore, that I'm a dry stone and nothing can ever be wrung from me. -- Dean Koontz
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If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I've read it. -- Dean Koontz
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Eventually he understood that he was crying for himself. He was ashamed of the man whom he had become, mourning the man whom he had expected to be when he'd been a boy. -- Dean Koontz
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Maybe from now on the bittersweet memory of a child lost would be only the sweet memory of a child loved. And maybe, henceforth, it would not be a memory so heavy that it oppressed the heart. -- Dean Koontz
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I sure hope she's wrong, because one of the implications of her cosmology is that the many terrors we know here are an inoculation against worse in the world to come. -- Dean Koontz
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People who were perfectly sane on Tuesday sometimes go nuts on Wednesday. -- Dean Koontz
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Power is the central promise of evil, the dark light of that lamp, because nothing extinguishes the soul more quickly than pride in power. -- Dean Koontz
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Where there's cake, there's hope. And there's always cake. -- Dean Koontz
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The only thing I know for sure is how much I do not know. -- Dean Koontz
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Ah, sir, that's just mean. She's not a Victoria's Secret model, but she's pretty in her way. -- Dean Koontz
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All these girls swooning over hunky vampires, what they really want is to give away their freedom, to be controlled and told what to do and not have to think
and never die, of course. It's sick is what it is. I don't want to be a forever-young living corpse. -- Dean Koontz
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I'll sit in the park and feed the pigeons for a while.'
We don't have pigeons.'
Then I'll feed the pterodactyls. -- Dean Koontz
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Because I can see them, I bridge life and death, and they hope I can open for them the door they are afraid to open for themselves. -- Dean Koontz
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Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool. -- Dean Koontz
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By doing, I learn what to do. By going, I learn where to go. One day, by dying, I'll learn how to die, and leave the world and hope to land in light. -- Dean Koontz
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For the first time, he considered that utter indifference might inspire not inner peace but a limitless capacity for evil. -- Dean Koontz
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Inaction counted as a choice. -- Dean Koontz
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Politics was an illusion of service that cloaked the corruption of power. -- Dean Koontz
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There's no use wasting are energy being afraid of the devils, demons and things that go bump in the night ... Because ultimately we'll never encounter anything more terrifying than the monster among us. Hell is where we make it. -- Dean Koontz
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Americans thrive on mobility and feel shrunken in spirit when they do not have it.(Odd Thomas) -- Dean Koontz
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Delayed gratification."
"Yeah, it makes things sweeter."
"Wait too long, and what was sweet and creamy can turn sour. -- Dean Koontz
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Her eyes were clear; she hadn't been crying. She was a cop's wife first, a woman second; she wouldn't give in to tears as long as Wyatt was fighting for his life because she was fighting with him in spirit. -- Dean Koontz
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Dogs know we need to give affection as much as they need to receive it. They were the first therapists; they've been in practice for thousands of years. -- Dean Koontz
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Every day we make our way through a moral forest, along pathways ever branching. Often we get lost. -- Dean Koontz
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What's gotten into you today? All evening -- Dean Koontz
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Freud would have had a grand time analyzing my have-to-die-clean complex. But then Freud was an ass. -- Dean Koontz
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The mommy-porn genre currently sweeping the book industry and the Babylonian excess of most television shows probably fall within the historical norm in our culture's sleaze index and are not omens of the imminent collapse of civilization, though if I were not so busy, I might start building an ark. -- Dean Koontz
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When balancing a bottle of nitroglycerin on the point of a sword, never complicate the task by trying to tap dance. -- Dean Koontz
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I would not cry. I do not cry. How bitter do you risk becoming by swallowing too many tears? -- Dean Koontz
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The crazy thing is, Mother, after more than twenty years of this crap, down at the bottom of my heart, where it ought to be the darkest, I think there's still this spark of love for you. It may be pity, I'm not sure, but it hurts enough to be love. -- Dean Koontz
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What sucks the worst is ... this world was a gift to us, and we broke it, and part of the deal is that if we want things right, we have to fix it ourselves. But we can't. We try, but we can't. -- Dean Koontz
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A dog can be a living work of art, a constant reminder of the exquisite design and breathtaking detail of nature, beauty on four paws. -- Dean Koontz
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In tragedy and despair, when an endless night seems to have fallen, hope can be found in the realization taht the companion of night is not another night, that the companion of night is day, that darkness always gives way to light, and that death rules only half of creation, life the other half. -- Dean Koontz
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Mankind has no right to employ its genius in the creation of another intelligent species, then treat it like property. If we've come so far that we can create as God creates, then we have to learn to act with the justice and mercy of God. -- Dean Koontz
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It's only life. We all get through it. -- Dean Koontz
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I've seen things that I don't understand but that nonetheless delight me - Addison Goodheart pg 74 -- Dean Koontz
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I do not permit blasphemy, the F-word, or obscenities such as soy milk at my table. Consider yourself chastised. -- Dean Koontz
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Sympathy is a nobler feeling than pity. But if sympathy is the principal reason that one person is drawn to another, there will always be an unbridgeable chasm between friendship and genuine love. -- Dean Koontz
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The value of any experience isn't in its positive or negative effect on his life but in the sheer luminous power of it, the vividness, the ferocity, the amount and degree of pure sensation that it provides. Intensity. -- Dean Koontz
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This time I would choose to err on the side of illogic. I had to trust intuition, and plunge as I had never plunged before, with blind faith. -- Dean Koontz
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The greatest danger, of course, was to believe that I was equal to them, because assurance can morph into arrogance that Death loves to prove unfounded. -- Dean Koontz
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Music is sound, sound consists of vibrations in the air, and these particular vibrations resonated with the marrow of my bones, with the tissues of my heart. - Addison Goodheart pg. 199 -- Dean Koontz
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I have to admit that when I watch a movie in which there is no moral context for the violence - I find that offensive. I think that's potentially damaging to society. -- Dean Koontz
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Life packed a clever one-two punch: cruelty and absurdity. -- Dean Koontz
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I've got a long list of books I wish I'd never written-and I've kept them all out of print for the past 20 years. -- Dean Koontz
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The concept of a weary severed hand, exhausted from relentless creeping, made no sense. -- Dean Koontz
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Nature frequently works to impress upon us our absurdity and thereby remind us that we are not the masters of the universe that we like to suppose we are. -- Dean Koontz
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I never plan for the future but wander into it with a smile on my face, hope in my heart, and the hair up on the nape of my neck. -- Dean Koontz
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Lots of people are unable to see all kinds of truths right in front of their eyes."
"The world is what we make it, and our future is ours to shape. -- Dean Koontz
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He had taught me how to be a man when my real father proved not to be much of one himself and incapable of showing a son the way." - Odd Thomas - "Odd Hours by Dean Koontz pg 239 chapter 30 -- Dean Koontz
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His glare could melt a polar bear's testicles. -- Dean Koontz
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I tend to believe in the traditional architecture of life and the afterlife. This world is a journey of discovery and purification. The next world consists of two destinations: One is a palace for the spirit and an endless kingdom of wonder, while the other is cold and dark and unthinkable. -- Dean Koontz
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You don't need to like [a gun] to know you got to have it. I don't like gettin' a colonoscopy every five years, but I grit my teeth and drop my drawers and get it done just the same. -- Dean Koontz
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We are all the walking wounded in a world that is a war zone. Everything we love will be taken from us, everything, last of all life itself. Yet everywhere I look, I find great beauty in this battlefield, and grace and the promise of joy. -- Dean Koontz
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I am the One, and I see all.
But the blind man in Apartment 1-A is blind in many ways, as are all human beings, even those with functioning eyes. They are blind to their folly, to their ignorance, to their history, to the future that they will make for themselves. A future born of self-loathing. -- Dean Koontz
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The dead are merely the countrymen of my future. -- Dean Koontz
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In time, however, I came to understand that one can adore and desire that which is forever beyond reach. This might, in fact, be the hardest truth of human existence. -- Dean Koontz
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I am not only in a cold dark place; I AM a cold dark place. -- Dean Koontz
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Your sense of responsibility to others can never be excessive. -- Dean Koontz
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And though the blood of Abel had once cried out from the Earth, we had come now to a time when so much blood had been spilled over the millennia that the throat of the Earth was clotted and choked, and fresh blood could not raise a voice from it. -- Dean Koontz
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Sometimes it seemed that the human heart, this side of Eden, feared life more than death, light more than darkness, freedom more than surrender. -- Dean Koontz
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Puppies are adorable. I'm not a puppy. -- Dean Koontz
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Guilt is deserved only when the effort to resist evil is never made. -- Dean Koontz
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I curse the night I let your idiot father squirt you into me. -- Dean Koontz
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After all, a society with such an enlightened tolerance of corruption and savagery needed to bear down hard on minor offenses to convince itself that it still had standards. -- Dean Koontz
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Nothing is predetermined for us, and yet all our possible choices are threads in the vast weave of things, so that we have free will even though the consequences of our will are predictable. -- Dean Koontz
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She was plagued again by the feeling that the room in which she stood, the earth on which it was built, and the universe in which it turned were as insubstantial as smoke, subject to sudden change. (pg. 249) -- Dean Koontz
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Don't you love your mother, dear?"
"I guess so. A hard, sharp, thorny kind of love that might be pity more than anything else. -- Dean Koontz
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Easy luck always turns bad. You want the kind of luck you have to earn. -- Dean Koontz
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The world howls for social justice, but when it comes to social responsibility, you sometimes can't even hear crickets chirping. -- Dean Koontz
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Some days I'm lucky to squeeze out a page of copy that pleases me, but I get as many as six or seven pages on a very good day; the average is probably three pages. -- Dean Koontz
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Even if there are moments during the day when all seems normal and when every action of your own and of those around you seems to be unremarkable, the appearance of ordinariness is an illusion, and just below the placid surface, the world is seething. -- Dean Koontz
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Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows in perception if not in reality. The best response to terror is righteous anger, confidence in ultimate justice, a refusal to be intimidated. -- Dean Koontz
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He often remembered his dad's admonition that envy was mental theft. If you coveted another man's possessions, Dad said, then you should be willing to take on his responsibilities, heartaches, and troubles along with his money. -- Dean Koontz
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And the funny thing was if you made the best of it, if you smiled through every storm, the bad things were never as terrible as you expected them to be, and the good things were better than anything you could have wished for yourself. -- Dean Koontz
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And your three-year-old Ford Explorer," Terezin said, "bought without your parents' money, a proud statement of your independence - of course it has a GPS. -- Dean Koontz
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Imagine that you are more than nothing. Evil made you, but you are no more evil than a child unborn. If you want, if you seek, if you hope, who is to say that your hope might not be answered? -- Dean Koontz
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The truth was stranger than the official fiction. -- Dean Koontz
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It will be a world made not bright but brighter, not clean but cleaner. -- Dean Koontz
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Jocko likes salty, Jocko likes sweet, but never bring Jocko any hot sauce, like with jalapenos, because it makes Jocko squirt funny-smelling stuff out his ears. -- Dean Koontz
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Another plum, another plum, another plum for me! Jocko shakes the cyber tree! Ah ha-ha-ha, Ah ha-ha-ha! -- Dean Koontz
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He was part of a family whether he wanted to be or not, the family of humanity, more often than not a frustrating and contentious clan, flawed and often deeply confused, but also periodically noble and admirable, with a common destiny that every member shared. -- Dean Koontz
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In Monterey, at the small airport rental agency, he hired a vomit-green Ford Tempo. It was an offense to his refined sense of color. The Tempo's tempo was satisfyingly allegro on flat roads but a bit adagio on the hills. -- Dean Koontz
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While I like people, I do also like being alone in a room and seeing what you can do with a particular theme or subject. -- Dean Koontz
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In a world that daily disconnects further from truth, more and more people accept the virtual in place of the real, and all things virtual are also malleable. -- Dean Koontz
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But of course we don't notice the descent until we're rocketing along at high velocity. -- Dean Koontz
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World is sensation. We drift in an ocean of sensory stimuli: motion, color, texture, shape, heat, cold, natural symphonies of sound, an infinite number of scents, tastes beyond the human ability to catalogue. Nothing but sensation endures. Living things all die. Great cities do not last. -- Dean Koontz
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With friends, this is a cool world; without friends, it would be unbearably cold. -- Dean Koontz
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We may lack riches, but the greatest fortune is what lies in our hearts. -- Dean Koontz
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What popped up more than that was the realization that I made as an adult that the world is this incredibly complex, layered, and mysterious place and if you stop and think about it the human cell is literally more complex than a fleet of 747s. -- Dean Koontz
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No, if there's any ultimate redemption, it would be because I passed though your life without scarring you, and did not diminish who you are. -- Dean Koontz
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I don't mean to imply that I'm afraid of Death. I'm just not ready to go out on a date with him. -- Dean Koontz
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If you let the news spoil your appetite, there wouldn't be a day you could eat. -- Dean Koontz
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The world is full of broken people. Splints, casts, miracle drugs, and time can't mend fractured hearts, wounded hearts, wounded minds, torn spirits. -- Dean Koontz
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In the healing ways of women that remained mysterious to [him] even as he watched them do their work, tears were followed by reminiscences that brought a smile and soothed, and hope was always found to be the flower that bloomed from every seed of hopelessness. -- Dean Koontz
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The only monsters in this world are those who pass for human, who cast shadows and are reflected in mirrors, who smile and speak of compassion and shed convincing tears. -- Dean Koontz
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We live in God's amusement park. -- Dean Koontz
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We have all been brought into the world for some reason, and we must wonder why and hope to learn. -- Dean Koontz
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If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that's more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people. -- Dean Koontz
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Not an insult sweetie. That was a thirteen word kiss. -- Dean Koontz
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When my wits fail me, I resort to self-deception. -- Dean Koontz
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What we had both done was keep on keeping on, which is all any of us can do. -- Dean Koontz
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Stay with me, God. The night is dark, The night is cold: My little spark Of courage dies. The night is long; Be with me, God, and make me strong. -- Dean Koontz
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The primitive in each of us climbs closer to the surface during the night, for the moon sings to it, and the cold void between the stars speaks its language. To that savage self, evil can look lovely in too little light. -- Dean Koontz
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We need to laugh at the irrationality of evil, for in doing so we deny evil's power over us, diminish its influence in the world, and tarnish the allure it has for some people. -- Dean Koontz
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The depth of your wardrobe dazzles the mind. Ralph Lauren weeps. -- Dean Koontz
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God does not shout; He whispers, and in that whisper is the way." Chyna Shepard in "Intensity -- Dean Koontz
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Moving the kids was not a good idea, but I sure wanted to see nuns in monster trucks plowing their way through a blizzard. -- Dean Koontz
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When I noticed that some of the gray-haired ladies had tears in their eyes, I understood for the first time why music matters so much, how it reminds us of who we are and where we came from, of all the good times and the sadness, too. -- Dean Koontz
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The sane understand that human beings are incapable of sustaining conspiracies on a grand scale, because some of our most defining qualities as a species are inattention to detail, a tendency to panic, and an inability to keep our mouths shut. -- Dean Koontz
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She said ... she said don't be scared, we wasn't born to be all the time scared, we was born happy, babies laugh at everything, we was born happy and to make a better world. -- Dean Koontz
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The idea that there's good and evil knowledge ... well, that's strictly a religious point of view. Actions can be either moral or immoral, yes, but knowledge can't be labeled that way. To a scientist, to any educated man or woman, all knowledge is morally neutral. -- Dean Koontz
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Life would be easy if common sense ruled; but sometimes the easy way doesn't feel like the right way. -- Dean Koontz
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We were friends, never paramours. A lover who is enigmatic will most likely prove to be a cataclysm waiting to happen. But a charming friend whose usual warmth is raveled through moments of cool inscrutability can be an intriguing companion. -- Dean Koontz
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The snow did not even whisper its way to earth, but seemed to salt the night with silence. -- Dean Koontz
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I know what it's like to desperately need help, and what I think is it would feel really good to be on the other side, to be able to give help to people who need it, desperately or otherwise. -- Dean Koontz
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Money and beauty are defenses against the sorrows of this world but neither can undo the past. Only time will conquer time. The way forward is the only way back to innocence and to peace. -- Dean Koontz
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The mild wind made the trees sway gently, in a lullaby rhythm, and the resultant susurration was like the soft sighs and dreamy murmurs of a thousand peacefully slumbering children. -- Dean Koontz
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I took comfort that its IQ, while no doubt high enough to allow it to run for elective office, seemed to be only a fraction of mine. -- Dean Koontz
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The whisper of the dusk
is night shedding its husk. -- Dean Koontz
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If our current barbaric world spirals into greater corruption and brutality, our descendants may become so cruel and so morally perverse that they cross time to watch us suffer, bearing orgasmic witness to the bloodbaths from which their sick civilization grew. -- Dean Koontz
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Either the gates of hell had opened, or Tom had lost his mind; for there could be nothing like this entity outside the precincts of the damned, except in the fevered fantasies of a raving paranoid psychopath -- Dean Koontz
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Grapes are juicy. Strawberries. Oranges. Good pork chops are succulent," said Dusty. "But the word isn't accurately descriptive of a person."
Smiling with delight, Ahriman said, "Oh, really, not accurately descriptive? Be careful housepainter. Your genes are showing. What if I were a cannibal? -- Dean Koontz
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Most people regarded Psychology as a science. Some called it a soft science, but those making such a distinction grew fewer by the year. -- Dean Koontz
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As individuals, as families, as neighbors, as members of one community, people of all races and political views are usually decent, kind, compassionate. But in large corporations or governments, when great power accumulates in their hands, some become monsters even with good intentions. -- Dean Koontz
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Books showed me that there were other ways to live a life. -- Dean Koontz
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risible. In the Community, none -- Dean Koontz
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Sometimes your life rolls away with you, like a big stone going downhill fast, -- Dean Koontz
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From their perspective, however, torture might make a sort of cockeyed sense if it was ritualistic, part of a ceremony that this fraternity of the demented required of themselves when they murdered one of their own. -- Dean Koontz
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Every eye sees its own special vision; every ear hears a most different song. In each man's troubled heart, an incision would reveal a unique, shameful wrong. -- Dean Koontz
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My life has a mysterious purpose that I don't understand, and day by day, conflict by conflict, I learn by going where I have to go. -- Dean Koontz
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It's funny, ma'am, how sometimes you're so sarcastic but it doesn't sting."
"Because of my dimples. Dimples are a get-out-of-jail-free card -- Dean Koontz
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Shakespeare again. Once you let him into your head, he takes up tenancy and will not leave. -- Dean Koontz
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Each man or woman was a mansion in a condition between grandness and disrepair, and even in a grand palace, sometimes a room existed in which no one but the resident would ever be welcome. -- Dean Koontz
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The hypocrisy of human interaction, wherein selflessness was publicly championed and selfishness privately pursued, both amused and disgusted him. Every act of kindness seemed, to him, to be performed only with an eye to the payback that might one day be extracted from the recipient. -- Dean Koontz
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Framed behind glass is a card from a carnival fortune-telling machine. It promises you are destined to be together
forever. -- Dean Koontz
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Although much that was precious has been taken from me in this life, I have reason to remain an optimist. After the numerous tight scrapes I've been through, by now I should have lost one leg, three fingers, one buttock, most of my teeth, an ear, my spleen, and my sense of fun. But here I am. -- Dean Koontz
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Creating a family in this turbulent world is an act of faith, a wager that against all odds there will be a future, that love can last, that the heart can triumph against all adversities and even against the grinding wheel of time. -- Dean Koontz
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What has been is no more. Change has come. -- Dean Koontz
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Was the dividing line between life and fiction as hazy for other people as it was for a writer? -- Dean Koontz
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unlike most Californians who fled their state and moved here and then wanted to make Montana into a version of what they left behind. -- Dean Koontz
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My rich Diana. Fly me to the moon with you. Dance among the stars.
Treacle. Romantic hogwash. Derivative. Unworthy.
My rich Diana. I hate you, hate you, hate you. Hate you, hate.
"Do it," he said. -- Dean Koontz
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Of course, one must always remember that although The Sound of Music is the most feel-good movie musical of all time, it is crammed full of Nazis. -- Dean Koontz
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They never learn. The smarter they are, the dumber they get. -- Dean Koontz
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Because the moon has always been to him the lamp of wisdom, a symbol of the right way to see the world. -- Dean Koontz
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Not everything that happens during the day is an open portending a good or evil development in the future, but everything has meaning to one degree or another, for the world is an ever-weaving tapestry from which no thread can be pulled without destroying the integrity of the cloth. -- Dean Koontz
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Because wherever else the future leads, it leads ultimately to death, the end that is present in my beginning and in yours. -- Dean Koontz
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Once, there were no predators, no prey. Only harmony. There were no quakes, no storms, everything in balance. In the beginning, time was all at once and forever - no past, present, and future, no death. We broke it all. -- Dean Koontz
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Being known by everyone is not the same as being loved. -- Dean Koontz
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Hold every moment sacred. Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment. - Thomas Mann, The Beloved Returns -- Dean Koontz
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Have fun, entertain yourself with your work, make yourself laugh and cry with your own stories, make yourself shiver in suspense along with your characters. If you can do that, then you will most likely find a large audience; but even if a large audience is never found, you'll have a happy life. -- Dean Koontz
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Everything and everyone we treasured in this world comes to an end. I loved the world not for itself but for the marvelous gift that it was, and my only hope against eventual despair was to love something larger than the world, larger even than a near-infinite sparkling universe full of worlds. -- Dean Koontz
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He gave us the rude number one with lots of emphasis and then came after us. -- Dean Koontz
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Laser beams slid around them, spurts of light sinking through the darkness, eventually touching the stars or lighting the water for a moment on their death ride to the murky bottom. -- Dean Koontz
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The selfless love that we give to others, to the point of being willing to sacrifice our lives for them, is all the proof I need that human beings are not mere animals of self-interest. We carry within us a divine spark, and if we chose to recognize it, our lives have dignity, meaning, hope. -- Dean Koontz
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I know it's hard being a single mother baby, he said, but we're talking fundamentals here. Homemade cookies are one of the best parts of christmas. It's an absolute fundamental. -- Dean Koontz
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... eerie in a way it is nowhere else in the world, the flats receding and the low hills rising as if they are just fields of mist and walls of fog, illusions of shapes and dimensions, reflections of reflections, and those reflections only reflections of a dream. -- Dean Koontz
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I just became fascinated with how complex and unlikely the universe is and life is and Catholicism gives me an answer to that. -- Dean Koontz
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Humanity was drawn to turmoil and self-destruction as inevitably as the earth was drawn to complete its annual revolution of the sun. -- Dean Koontz
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There's such a thing as trying too hard, he told himself. It causes constipation of the mind. But such admonishments did no good. He was still as blocked as a pipe full of concrete. -- Dean Koontz
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When you laugh at yourself, you gain perspective. Then you realize that the mistakes you made, as long as they didn't hurt anyone but yourself - well, you can forgive yourself for those. -- Dean Koontz
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Some argued that the youth of today were poorly educated and insufficiently industrious, but one of them had sought to validate his generation by spending considerable time and effort chiseling an obscene word in the concrete picnic table, and he had spelled it correctly. -- Dean Koontz
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There's just something unsettling about studying your reflection. It's not a matter of being dissatisfied with your face or of being embarrassed by your vanity. Maybe it's that when you gaze into your own eyes, you don't see what you wish to see - or glimpse something that you wish weren't there. -- Dean Koontz
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In memory, she lived and moved and laughed, but all that a photograph could offer was one frozen moment of a life. -- Dean Koontz
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I didn't have a cell phone because I never needed to play video games or surf the Net, or exchange nude photos with a congressman. - Odd Thomas - Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz pg 137 chapter 19 -- Dean Koontz
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Even with the intention to be quiet, human beings seldom can restrain from comment or at least grumbled cursing; we are the chattering species, as much as we are anything else - Odd Thomas - Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz pg 56 chapter 7 -- Dean Koontz
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The fog that slowly tumbled like great masses of dripping white laundry gradually gave way to sheer curtains and then to isolated tattered scraps. -- Dean Koontz
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People scare me more than anything, for I know too well the savagery of which humankind is capable. -- Dean Koontz
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Whiskers of the cat, Webbed toes on my swimming dog; God is in the details. -- Dean Koontz
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There's more to me than you see, another me down inside somewhere, full of hate, ready to hurt, cut, smash, or if maybe there's no Other and there's just me alone, then I'm not the person I thought I was, I'm something twisted and terrible, terrible. -- Dean Koontz
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The word impossible contains the word possible'
What's that
some Zen thing?'
I think Star Trek. Mr. Spock. -- Dean Koontz
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Sometimes he found it frustrating to be a sadist in an age when self-mutilation was all the rage -- Dean Koontz
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It's so damn hard to bloom ... to change. Even when you want to change, want it more than anything in the world, it's hard. Desire to change isn't enough. Or desperation. Couldn't be done without ... love, -- Dean Koontz
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He's got a chloroform-soaked rag in one hand, and before Judy realizes what's happening, the dude is all over her like fat on cheese. -- Dean Koontz
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Dogs are one of those things that make you happy and make you wonder. -- Dean Koontz
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From time to time, I do consider that I might be mad. Like any self-respecting lunatic, however, I am always quick to dismiss any doubts about my sanity. -- Dean Koontz
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Quick now, here, now, always, as if we are in a condition of complete simplicity ... -- Dean Koontz
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Life is a train ride, and at the many stations along the route, people important to us debark, never to get aboard again, until by the end of the journey, we sit in a passenger car where most of the seats are empty. -- Dean Koontz
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Life is a gift that must be given back and joy should arise from its possession. It's too damn short and that's a fact. Hard to accept this earthly procession to final darkness is a journey done, circle completed, work of art sublime, a sweet melodic rhyme. A battle won. -- Dean Koontz
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The fallow soil of loneliness is fertile ground for self-deception. -- Dean Koontz
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If you're going to keep the music in you, Jonah, you've got to play a little bit every day purely for pleasure. Otherwise, you'll lose the joy of it, and if you lose the joy, you won't sound good to those who know piano - or to yourself. -- Dean Koontz
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The truth was in her voice as sure as rain and sunshine are in a green blade of grass. -- Dean Koontz
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My unique path through life has led me, however, to fear known threats but seldom the unknown, while most people fear both. -- Dean Koontz
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Have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.' -- Dean Koontz
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I am learning my way toward something that will make sense of my life, and I learn by going where I have to go, with whatever companions I am graced. -- Dean Koontz
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When a leader used his power over the ruled for the purpose of settling scores and inflating his self-esteem, for remaking society according to his own grand designs, class warfare and genocide ensued. -- Dean Koontz
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Any life isn't just a story; it's thousands of them. -- Dean Koontz
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You can't fix things with a hug, but you can't make them any worse either. -- Dean Koontz
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the more infantile the students, the more seriously they take themselves. They are generally a humorless lot." In -- Dean Koontz
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Whatever happens here, trust your heart. It's as true as any compass. -- Dean Koontz
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I trusted providence to prevent a sneeze, refused to worry, declined to dwell on negative possibilities, and I did not sneeze, did not sneeze, still did not sneeze, but then I farted. -- Dean Koontz
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If one's friends do not openly laugh at him, they are not in fact his friends. -- Dean Koontz
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I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion. -- Dean Koontz
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I avoid contemporary TV ... politics ... art: all too frantic, fevered, and frivolous, or else angry, bitter. -- Dean Koontz
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After his dinner, the wolfhound liked to prowl the grounds, sniffing the grass to learn what creatures of field and forest had recently visited. The yard was Merlin's newspaper. -- Dean Koontz
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At times like this, tears exorcise emotions that would otherwise haunt me and, by their haunting, embitter me -- Dean Koontz
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I was the worst kind of fool. When I look back on that August night, changed forever by all my wounds and all my suffering, that undamaged Odd Thomas seems like a different human being from me, immeasurably more confident than I am now, still able to hope, but not as wise, and I mourn for him. -- Dean Koontz
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Evil travels the world in anonymity, its presence revealed only by the periodic consequences of its desires ... -- Dean Koontz
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And where the Ferris wheel carried its passengers high and brought them low and raised them high and brought them low again, as if it were not merely a carnival ride but also a metaphor for the basic pattern of human experience. -- Dean Koontz
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I think it's the people who have no doubt that every word they put down is gold that probably don't write very well. -- Dean Koontz
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Somebody asked me about the current choice we're being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it's like two of the scariest movies I can imagine. -- Dean Koontz
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The hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every time piece with a digital readout blinks us towards implosion. -- Dean Koontz
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Falling in love could be like falling off a cliff, no water below but plenty of rocks. -- Dean Koontz
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Echoing off the tile walls, the sizzle-splash of the falling water sounded like the hissing of serpents and the brittle laughter of strange children. -- Dean Koontz
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There is in me a darkness that, by darkness challenged, will rise up and have its way. -- Dean Koontz
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I was learning how people were with one another, how they acted and reacted and interacted, what they said and how they said it, what they wanted, what they hoped for - more than I could learn from books alone. -- Dean Koontz
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You've always been stone solid until now, like Joe Friday with no Y chromosome. Now you're Nancy Drew on a sugar rush. -- Dean Koontz
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For the first time in three years, Travis Cornell felt needed, felt a deep connection with another living creature. For the first time in three years, he had a reason to live. He -- Dean Koontz
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To protect the innocent, to avoid being one of Burke's good men who do nothing, you have to accept permanent scars that cincture the heart and traumas of the mind that occasionally reopen to weep again. -- Dean Koontz
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Storytelling can heal broken hearts and damaged minds. -- Dean Koontz
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I need those nukes, the chief said. I need them, I need them right now.
I don't want to be an enabler, sir. I'd rather get you into a twelve step program to help you break this addiction. -- Dean Koontz
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Because deception requires both bold lies and lies of omission, it stains the soul, muddies the conscience, blurs the vision, and puts you at risk of headlong descent into greater darkness. As a boy, I could not have put -- Dean Koontz
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A sixth sense is a miraculous thing, which in itself suggests a supernatural order. The human intellect, however, for all its power and triumphs, is largely formed by this world and is therefore corruptible. -- Dean Koontz
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Reality is perception perception change ... reality is fluid so if by reality you mean reliably tangible objects and immutable events then theres no such thing -- Dean Koontz
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All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined-those dead, those living, those generations yet to come-that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands. -- Dean Koontz
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The sole purpose of existence is to open oneself to sensation and to satisfy all appetites as they arise. -- Dean Koontz
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She was reduced to the dependency of an infant, too terrified of life itself to find solace anywhere but in the familiar succoring breast and in the sound of that same heartbeat remembered from the womb. -- Dean Koontz
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But the more people we love and the more deeply we love them, the more vulnerable we are to loss and grief and loneliness. -- Dean Koontz
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Winny didn't know what he would do without his books, except probably go berserk and start killing people and making ashtrays out of their skulls even though he didn't smoke and never would. -- Dean Koontz
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At fifty-one, why would she choose to dispose of her house, uproot herself, and come here to be a part of your work if she didn't feel that, for the first time in her life, she was profoundly known for who she is, that she was at last cherished for who she truly is? -- Dean Koontz
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Everything barbarians do is nothing, no matter how loudly they insist it's something. -- Dean Koontz
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But the universe in its immensity is nevertheless of a piece, and what applies at one end of it applies at the other. No doubt misery, like happiness and hope, is found throughout the stars. -- Dean Koontz
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A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit. Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope. -- Dean Koontz
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There were two types of survivors in life: those, like her, who found the requisite strength in having once been loved with great intensity; and those who, having not been loved, learned to thrive on hatred, suspicion, and the meager rewards of revenge. -- Dean Koontz
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No standards anymore. Now Ricky he watches all them old Disney and Warner Brothers toons on DVD. You never have to worry if maybe Bugs Bunny is goin' to get it on with Daffy Duck. -- Dean Koontz
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None of us can ever save himself; we are the instruments of one another's salvation, and only by the hope that we give to others do we lift ourselves out of the darkness into light. -- Dean Koontz
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In his mind he saw them standing with the tips of their organs pressed together ejaculating into each other's penis. -- Dean Koontz
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I had no idea where he went when he was not with me. Perhaps he enjoyed exploring new places as much as did any living dog, and went off to wander previously unvisited neighborhoods of Magic Beach. -- Dean Koontz
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I felt fear enter the halls of my mind, but I didn't give it the keys to every room. -- Dean Koontz
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We are an arrogant species, full of terrible potential, but we also have a great capacity for love, friendship, generosity, kindness, faith, hope, and joy. -- Dean Koontz
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For some, the past is a chain, each day a link, raveling backward to one ringbolt or another, in one dark place or another, and tomorrow is a slave to yesterday. -- Dean Koontz
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I'd probably long ago have gone seven kinds of crazy, one for each day of the week, if I didn't simplify my life in every area where I do have some control. -- Dean Koontz
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Dreams that are as rich as cream while they unfold are skim milk when we wake, and in time they wash out of our minds, leaving as little residue as water filtered through cheesecloth. -- Dean Koontz
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The clump-and-thud of avalanching books suggested that someone must be using the weapon of knowledge in an unconventional fashion. -- Dean Koontz
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Y'all take care of yourself now ... strange and interesting friends are hard to find. -- Dean Koontz
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My life would be constrained by the horror and fierce rage that my appearance inspired, but I would know peace as well as fear, tenderness as well as brutality, and even love in a time of cruelty. -- Dean Koontz
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Hope lies in action -- Dean Koontz
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Beyond the slumpstone wall lay a backyard, a swimming pool. Dappled with morning light and tree shadows, the water glimmered in shades of blue from sapphire to turquoise, as might a trove of jewels left by long-dead pirates who had sailed a sea since vanished. -- Dean Koontz
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Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct. -- Dean Koontz
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We not-much-of-anything types don't worry about the cost of leaving a light on unnecessarily. -- Dean Koontz
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Monkey stalactites -- Dean Koontz
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On a subconscious level we're aware that time isn't enduring, that it is not a required condition of our existence, that there comes a point when we will have no need of it. -- Dean Koontz
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This is A Moment, stay with it, I told myself, -- Dean Koontz
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I don't procrastinate because I love the English language and the process of storytelling, and I'm always curious to see what will come to me next. If you procrastinate a lot, you might be one who loves having written, but doesn't so much like writing. -- Dean Koontz
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I never knew whether I was drawn to eccentric people or if they were drawn to me. -- Dean Koontz
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I am no theologian. I would not be surprised, however, if Heaven proved to be a cozy kitchen, where delicious treats appeared in the oven and in the refrigerator whenever you wanted them, and where the cupboards were full of good books. -- Dean Koontz
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Keep in mind the roots of violence: Lust, envy, anger, avarice, and vengeance ... the taproot ... the killer's ultimate and truest motivation ... is the hatred of truth ... the hatred of truth is a vice. From it comes pride and an enthusiasm for disorder. -- Dean Koontz
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Life was like the ice on an early-winter pond: more fragile than it appeared to be, riddled by hidden fractures, with a cold darkness below. -- Dean Koontz
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I'd always had an ear for beauty, and maybe I'd had an eye for it as well, but until that day, I'd not recognized that the truth in great music could be found also in great art, that the heart could be lifted and the mind sharpened equally by both. -- Dean Koontz
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I suspected eccentricity was often if not always a response to pain, a defense mechanism against anguish and torment and sorrow. -- Dean Koontz
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After a silence, because he knew me well, he said, Not all wounds are the bleeding kind. -- Dean Koontz
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The way Winny saw it, the best thing and the worst thing were the same thing: nothing lasted ... what to say and felt you didn't belong anywhere, books were a way to lead another life, a way to be someone else entirely, to be anyone at all. -- Dean Koontz
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Beauty that steals the heart is often imperfect, suggests grace and kindness, and inspires tenderness more than it incites lust. -- Dean Koontz
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She said you need to eat well, say prayers without fail each morning and night, and avoid drinking strong spirits."
"One problem. Drinking strong spirits is how I pray. -- Dean Koontz
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Is this the sunniest of sunny days or isn't it?" "What?" "You've got eyes, child. Look around, look around!" "Sure, it's sunny." "Then you be sunny, too, and things will turn out better than if you aren't. -- Dean Koontz
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There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him. -- Dean Koontz
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We are the most alive and closest to the meaning of existence when we are most vulnerable, when experience has humbled us and has cured the arrogance which, like a form of deafness, prevents us from hearing the lessons that this world teaches. -- Dean Koontz
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Amazement and astonishment express the momentary overwhelming of the mind by something beyond expectation. Amazement is an emotional response, astonishment an intellectual one. -- Dean Koontz
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A FRIGHTENED, ANGRY, FOUR-HUNDRED-POUND, antisocial chef with a combat shotgun never leads to anything good. -- Dean Koontz
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It's just, well, I can't stand it when someone's unfair to Mr. Wolflaw, because he's really so ... he's so incredible." "I understand. It really steams me when people say bad things about Vladimir Putin. -- Dean Koontz
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He continued to stroke its back and scratch its ears, but after a minute or two he realized he was seeking something from the dog that it could not provide: meaning, purpose, relief from despair. -- Dean Koontz
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This is nuts," Travis said, putting A Tale of Two Cities back where he'd gotten it. "I'm giving plot synopses to a dog, for God's sake!" Dropping -- Dean Koontz
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resplendent chambers of a true king's tomb. -- Dean Koontz
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In twenty-one years, I have not considered changing to Todd. The bizarre course of my life suggests that Odd is more suited to me, whether it was conferred by my parents with intention or fate. -- Dean Koontz
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People have a natural tendency to anthropomorphize their pets, to ascribe human perceptions and intentions to the animal where none exist -- Dean Koontz
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Imminent death didn't terrify her as much as did the prospect of having lived a life in perpetual retreat, a life that would amount now to so much less than she'd ever hoped, ... -- Dean Koontz
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Boo fell in at my side. He is the only ghost dog I have ever seen. Animals always move on. For some reason he had lingered more than a year at the abbey. Perhaps waiting for me. -- Dean Koontz
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If wishes were filet mignon, we'd always eat well at dinner -- Dean Koontz
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Behind every closed door might wait a thief of minds and a collector of souls. -- Dean Koontz
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Her stare was direct and unwavering, full of confidence earned from painful experience ... -- Dean Koontz
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I believe in the possibility of miracles but, more to the point, I believe in our need for them. -- Dean Koontz
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When I am battered and oppressed by the world that humanity has made - which is difference from the world that is was given - my primary defense, my consolation, is the absurdity of that world -- Dean Koontz
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Nolly Wolfstan, private detective, had the teeth of a god and a face so unfortunate that it argued convincingly against the existence of a benign deity. -- Dean Koontz
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Regardless of how hard the winds of chance might blow or how heavy the weight of experience might become, Stormy always stays on her feet ... -- Dean Koontz
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More likely, they would just cease to exist."
"That's death."
"No, it's different. Death leaves a corps. -- Dean Koontz
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I am my own worst enemy. This, more than any other trait, proves my fundamental humanity. -- Dean Koontz
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You couldn't be afraid of anything if you were sure you could bear the pain it might cause you. -- Dean Koontz
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Everyone thinks his family is strange," Del said, scratching Scootie behind the ears, "but it's just that ... because we're closer to the people we love, we tend to see them through a magnifying glass, through a thicker lens of emotion, and we exaggerate their eccentricities. -- Dean Koontz
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Stormy Llewellyn didn't want a pedestal. She wanted only someone who would look her straight in the eyes and always tell her the truth. -- Dean Koontz
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We are coming out of a century that was taught that one way of looking at the world, that one form of behavior, is as valid as another. The idea of true evil has been blown away. -- Dean Koontz
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A silent dark ... as black as a moonless lake, as a ravine's wings, darkness there and nothing more, merely this and nothing more ... -- Dean Koontz
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She'd been acutely aware that terror, betrayal, and cruelty had a human face, but she had not sufficiently appreciated that courage, kindness, and love had a human face as well. -- Dean Koontz
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Literary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish. -- Dean Koontz
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Are human reactions what they've always been, or has a century or more of movies influenced our response to every stimulus -- Dean Koontz
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The hatred of truth is the taproot of violence. -- Dean Koontz
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All but universally, human architecture values front elevations over back entrances, public spaces over private. Danny Jessup says that this aspect of architecture is also a reflection of human nature, that most people care more about their appearance than they do about their souls. -- Dean Koontz
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If you think about it, you were born into a world populated by the dead, because every one of them will die one day. -- Dean Koontz
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Doubt is poison. It leads to a loss of faith in yourself, and in all that's good and true. -- Dean Koontz
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By their subtle reversal of all images, mirrors seemed to be windows to another world in opposistion to this one, a world where everything appeared familiar but was infact profoundly different -- Dean Koontz
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Moral responsibility is on the shoulders of those who take the technology out of the lab and use it to immoral ends. -- Dean Koontz
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SHE WAS A GIRL WHO OPENED DOORS, NOT BECAUSE she wanted to open them, but because she knew that she needed to open them. -- Dean Koontz
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A wasted opportunity wasn't just a missed chance, but was a wound to your future. Miss too many opportunities, thus sustaining too many wounds, and you wouldn't have a future at all. -- Dean Koontz
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Over dinner, I had agreed to be her paladin, and no self-respecting paladin would decide on a course of action based on a majority vote of a committee of two. -- Dean Koontz
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His jewelry was custom designed for the very rich and tasteless, people who would find it necessary to buy hundred-thousand-dollar necklaces to wear to a thousand-dollar-a-plate charity dinner, and never grasp the irony. -- Dean Koontz
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Human cruelty and treachery surpassed all understanding. There were no answers. Only excuses. -- Dean Koontz
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power past the Hummer and regain the roadway, we were forced counterclockwise. When -- Dean Koontz
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If you have to pay the bills, and you write something you're not proud of, use a pen-name for that. -- Dean Koontz
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Sudden falls can come to societies that know too little history or that have furnished their minds with easy one-note propaganda in place of the true complexity and terrible beauty of the storied past. -- Dean Koontz
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Free will," she agreed, "our greatest gift, the thing that makes life worth living, in spite of all the anguish it brings. -- Dean Koontz
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These days, all I ask of Fate is that the people she hurls into my life, whether they are evil or good, or morally bipolar, should be amusing to one degree or another ... Most good people have a sense of humor. The problem is finding smile-inducing evil people, because the evil are mostly humorless. -- Dean Koontz
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But all organic matter must have cell structure," Sara said. "Cell structure is virtually a definition of organic matter, a requisite of all living tissue, plant or animal. -- Dean Koontz
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Perhaps everything else that mattered in a relationship grew from trust - from a tranquil faith in the courage, integrity, and kindness of the other person. -- Dean Koontz
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Annamaria had preferred oil rather than electric lamps. She said that sunshine grows plants, the plants express essential oils, and years later those oils fire the lamps - giving back 'the light of the other days'. -- Dean Koontz
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In this age, lies were the universal lubricant of the culture. A love of Truth and commitment to it were seldom rewarded and were often punished. -- Dean Koontz
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The joys of life can be found anywhere. Far places only offer exotic ways to suffer. -- Dean Koontz
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Guns don't feel nothin' about you, one way or t'other. No fair reason for you to feel bad towards them. -- Dean Koontz
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Dogs might love a place, as people do, but the only place they love beyond all others is the place where you are. -- Dean Koontz
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My instinct is a winning coach, and when it said "Batter up,"I didn't argue that I wasn't ready for the game. I gripped the bat in both hands, assumed the stance, and said a prayer to Mickey Mantle. -- Dean Koontz
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Every human face is more enigmatic than the timeworn expression on the famous Sphinx out there in the sands of Egypt. -- Dean Koontz
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Although the human heart is selfish and arrogant, so many struggle against their selfishness and learn humility; because of them, as long as there is life, there is hope that beauty lost can be rediscovered, that what has been reviled can be redeemed. -- Dean Koontz
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We're all bisexual, don't you think? I have the urge for a man, sometimes, and with some of them I've indulged it. It's all sensation. Just sensation. -- Dean Koontz
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Mother seemed to wish that she'd never had a childhood, perhaps because all delight was fleeting and because the promise of one day was not fulfilled even just until the next. -- Dean Koontz
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These days, all I ask Fate is that the people she hurls into my life, whether they are evil or good, or morally bipolar, should be amusing to one degree or another. -- Dean Koontz
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If emotions were universal, then in one sense he was not alone, never had been alone, and never could be alone....No pain or happiness was unique. All humanity drank from the same river of emotion; and by drinking, every race, religion, and nationality became one indivisible species. -- Dean Koontz
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Time doesn't, as advertised, heal all wounds. Although the wrenching immediacy of grief eventually passed, the settled sorrow that replaced it might in its own way be even more intense. -- Dean Koontz
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Some people like to hear themselves talk, but I like to hear myself silent. -- Dean Koontz
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Funny how people that don't believe in nothin' are so quick to believe every crazy story about people like us. -- Dean Koontz
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I had remained hopeful that, among the millions on this Earth, there might be a few who could summon the courage to know me for what I am and have the self-confidence to still walk part of this life with me. -- Dean Koontz
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In an infinite universe, anything that could be imagined might somewhere exist. -- Dean Koontz
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Oh, my adorable fry cook, wait till you see them. They're the most hideous, terrifying creatures, and wickedly cunning, and there's ever so much that can go wrong. But what you always know now, what we all know here, is exactly what we're fighting for and how right it is to fight for it. -- Dean Koontz
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So many things in my continuing education are learned by going where I have to go and doing what I have to do. Therefore, my only answer is: I guess I'll find out. -- Dean Koontz
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Maybe when all was said and done, the imagination was the most powerful of all weapons. It was the imagination of the human race that had allowed it to dream of a life beyond cold caves and of a possible future in the stars. -- Dean Koontz
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Amalia insisted he wasn't cold, but only wounded by life and emotionally isolated. -- Dean Koontz
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Tommy told Sal about the strange white-cloth figure with black stitches that he had found on the front porch.
"Sounds like Pillsbury Doughboy gone punk," Sal said. -- Dean Koontz
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Maybe magic and love, together, can achieve what magic alone cannot. -- Dean Koontz
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Reality isn't what it used to be. -- Dean Koontz
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I need useful work to keep my mind occupied, but I'd like to find work where it's ... quieter. -- Dean Koontz
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There are no explanations for human evil. Only excuses. -- Dean Koontz
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Although we universally celebrate imagination, it is in fact a power that can uplift us and save us
or as easily demean and destroy us. Mozart imagined great music. Hitler imagined death camps and built them. -- Dean Koontz
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How passionately we love everything that cannot last: the dazzling crystallory of winter, the spring in bloom, the fragile flight of butterflies, crimson sunsets, a kiss, and life. -- Dean Koontz
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My point of view is this: If you like root-beer floats so much, have one on Monday, another on Tuesday, and a third on Wednesday. -- Dean Koontz
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In this brave new digital world, reality is plastic, and your identity is whatever you wish it to be. As is your future: Wish it, build it, live it. -- Dean Koontz
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Some days are so difficult that if we didn't let wine steal our wits, how would we sleep? -- Dean Koontz
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On a small table beside his chair were other haphazardly stacked volumes by such poets as Emerson, Whitman, and Wallace Stevens, a dangerous crew to let into your head. -- Dean Koontz
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I'd rather live the now than talk about the was. -- Dean Koontz
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Most people can't wait to leave kidhood behind. But I keep the kid in my heart, you know, and once in a while she gets out. It's a writer thing. The past is material. You never want to forget it, how it was, how it felt. -- Dean Koontz
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You had a good dinner of properly fried food, and if you want to live long enough to have another one, you've got to weaponize properly. -- Dean Koontz
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When she realized that the tears might be as persistent as the shakes, she ran for the only medicine that reliably cured any bout of unpleasant feelings: a book. Although -- Dean Koontz
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She ran for the only medicine that reliably cured any bout of unpleasant feelings: a book. -- Dean Koontz
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Some will accuse me of being judgmental. Thank you. And proud of it. You wreck a kid's life, I have no pity for you. -- Dean Koontz
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Life's about living and being happy, not about dying. -- Dean Koontz
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This isn't a stupid horror movie, odd one. It's never too late to do the intelligent thing. -- Dean Koontz
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I'm a bad case of arrested development, stuck in early adolescence, more screwed-up-twisted-up-tangled-up than a couple earthworms makin' babies. -- Dean Koontz
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Here lie your hopes and dreams, shattered and swept aside ... -- Dean Koontz
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Pain is a gift. Humanity, without pain, would know neither fear nor pity. Without fear, there could be no humility, and every man would be a monster. The recognition of pain and fear in others give rise in us to pity, and in our pity is our humanity, our redemption. -- Dean Koontz
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Your this beautiful ship that will sail a long way, and I'd only be your anchor"
"A ship without an anchor can never be at rest -- Dean Koontz
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One of the good things about being twelve or younger is that you tend to believe that you'll live forever. -- Dean Koontz
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Death came, Death went, but Commerce flowed Eternal. -- Dean Koontz
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You won't find the truth of life in morbidity, only in hope. -- Dean Koontz
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Only the moonlit mind allows wonder, and it is in the thrall of wonder that you can see the intricate weave of the world of which you are but one thread, one fantastic and essential thread. -- Dean Koontz
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Besides, I can't get to where I want to go by conscious or unconscious suicide. I've got my strange little life to lead. Leading it the best I can - that's how I buy the ticket to where I want to be. -- Dean Koontz
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What really holds their marriage together are mutual respect of an awesome depth, a shared sense of humor, faith that they were brought together by a force greater than themselves, and a love so unwavering and pure that it is sacred. -- Dean Koontz
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I reminded myself that the heart is deceitful above all things - Addison Goodheart pg. 88 -- Dean Koontz
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I don't allow flying nuns in my convent," she said. "They tend to be frivolous, and during night flight, they're prone to crashing through windows. -- Dean Koontz
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He had the raw, rough voice of one who had marinated his larynx in whiskey and slow-cooked it in years of cigarette smoke. -- Dean Koontz
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He held the sandwich in his right hand, a cigarette in his left, alternating between the two. When witness to this, I always hoped that in error he would take a bite of the cigarette or attempt to smoke the sandwich, but he never became confused. -- Dean Koontz
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Out of sight above the house, the mirror moon reflected the sun of a day not yet dawned, shining the pale light of tomorrow on the yard and on the paper birches. -- Dean Koontz
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He drops the pistol into the right-hand pocket of his raincoat. He is not expecting trouble. Nevertheless, he goes nowhere unarmed. One can never be too careful. Besides, opportunities often arise unexpectedly. In -- Dean Koontz
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Talking about a problem sometimes makes it worse. -- Dean Koontz
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She has suffered so much, and that sorrows me. But she has been strong in the face of unthinkable adversity, and that inspires me. -- Dean Koontz
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instrument for nothing, and she had wanted to learn to play it largely because -- Dean Koontz
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I could only lose her if, from this moment forward, I made wrong choices, or if she made them. But I would take those odds rather than the odds that luck offered. -- Dean Koontz
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Hope, however, isn't all that's needed to achieve change. Hope is a hand extended, but two hands are required to be pulled out of this deep hole. The second hand was faith ... -- Dean Koontz
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Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect too much, enjoy what you have. -- Dean Koontz
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But the line between moral behavior and narcissistic self-righteousness is thin and difficult to discern -- Dean Koontz
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What's dropped your heart into your shoes? -- Dean Koontz
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Unlike the beasts of the wild, the many cruel varieties of human monsters, when at last cornered, seldom fight with greater ferocity. Instead, they reveal the cowardice at the core of their brutality. -- Dean Koontz
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The problem with omens is that they never come with an illustrated pamphlet explaining what they mean. -- Dean Koontz
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A man and a woman cannot live together without having against each other a kind of everlasting joke. Each has discovered that the other is not only a fool, but a great fool. -- Dean Koontz
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If a girl wasn't loved a little bit, without the depth of affection that might at least be mistaken for love, she was being used, and no one was the better for being used -- Dean Koontz
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Eccentricity is the universal trait of humanity. -- Dean Koontz
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I fall down on the side of free will, simply because if you look at where I came from, and what I was able to do in my life, what was able to happen. -- Dean Koontz
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Fact: No matter how smart and courageous and well-intentioned you are, there's always a chance that you would not become the person you envisioned yourself being, because your own mind or body could fail you. -- Dean Koontz
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The dead can be even more frustrating to deal with than are many of the living, which is astonishing when you consider it's the living who run the Department of Motor Vehicles. -- Dean Koontz
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The normality of the house terrified her: the gleaming surfaces, the tidiness, the homey touches, the sense that a person lived here who might walk in daylight on any street and pass for human in spite of the atrocities that he had committed. -- Dean Koontz
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You should have more faith in fiction. It lets you come sideways at the truth, which is the only way anyone ever gets near it. -- Dean Koontz
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That's life. Always something, more good than bad, but always interesting if you're paying attention. -- Dean Koontz
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Boo seemed to be less a ghost than he was a guardian spirit, always happy and ready to serve, still on the earth not because he had remained behind after death but because he had been sent back. Consequently, perhaps he had the power and permission to move between worlds as he wished. -- Dean Koontz
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Even when God is your co-pilot, it pays to pack a parachute. -- Dean Koontz
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Don't be negative. Negative thinking disturbs the fabric of the cosmos. -- Dean Koontz
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Loving the ideal more than the reality is the cause of all the misery the human species creates for itself. -- Dean Koontz
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You can change the road you take, but sometimes it can bend back to lead you straight to that same stubborn fate. -- Dean Koontz
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Now, sprawled comfortably in his motel bed, Anson Sharp enjoyed the sleep of the amoral, which is far deeper and more restful than the sleep of the just, the righteous, and the innocent. -- Dean Koontz
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in this dangerous time when shadows cast shadows of their own, when darkness often passed for light, the just and the unjust wore the same face. Weaving -- Dean Koontz
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If she could seldom bring herself to touch me and even more seldom look at me directly, she nonetheless made a place for me in her life. -- Dean Koontz
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Rub-a-dub-dub. Cerebrum in a tub. -- Dean Koontz
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Don't worry too much about the future. The past is past. The future is an illusion. All we have is now, and we'll get through it minute by minute. -- Dean Koontz
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My name is Malcolm Pomerantz, and I'm an axe man, though not like those guys on that reality-TV show about loggers. -- Dean Koontz
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In a universe in which past, present, and future came into existence all at once, complete from beginning to end, with all possible outcomes of every life woven through the tapestry, there is no chance, only choice, no luck, but only consequences. -- Dean Koontz
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The biggest advice is being true to what you want to do. Don't worry if other people understand it or don't understand it. If what you're doing has merit, it will find its way. -- Dean Koontz
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My guess was that when you descended to a certain depth of depravity, the Fogs could smell you as a hound, catching a murderer's spoor, could track the criminal through forest, field, and moor. -- Dean Koontz
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Gradually, however, she revealed a frustration with the willful ignorance that is an abiding human trait, an indignation at the cruelty that people visit upon one another. She might see the world as hopeless, but she believed it did not have to remain that way. -- Dean Koontz
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Hands of Mercy and tanks of hell. -- Dean Koontz
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Every human being has appetites difficult to control but far fewer have humility, gentleness, and an awareness of their weaknesses. -- Dean Koontz
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If you evoked that frown, what you feared was his disapproval, and when you learned that you had disappointed him, you realized that you needed his approval no less than you needed air, water, and food. -- Dean Koontz
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Loneliness comes in two basic varieties. When it results from a desire for solitude, loneliness is a door we close against the world. When the world instead rejects us, loneliness is an open door, unused. -- Dean Koontz
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Sometimes truth was elusive... -- Dean Koontz
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All she wanted was love with respect, respect was so important to her, and I could give her that. -- Dean Koontz
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lookout for a retriever with -- Dean Koontz
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Taking in money, banks were like industrial vacuum cleaners. Giving it out, they were clogged faucets -- Dean Koontz
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Out of the seething crowd, out of the light and the darkness, came Blossom Rosedale, the one and only Happy Monster, which was a name that she had given herself, not because she loathed the way she looked but because she was truly happy in spite of all her suffering. -- Dean Koontz
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We don't have time for such uncertainty because it reliably breeds indecision, and indecision is one of the mothers of failure. -- Dean Koontz
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Please, don't torture me with cliches. If you're going to try to intimidate me, have the courtesy to go away for a while, acquire a better education, improve your vocabulary, and come back with some fresh metaphors. -- Dean Koontz
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By her stare, this woman settled a solemn awe upon my heart, and I was frightened by the degree to which I felt humbled and by the intensity with which I felt loved, and I had to look away. -- Dean Koontz
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Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the variations in style and genre, as long as they get that sense of story, of character, of empathetic involvement. -- Dean Koontz
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Like all of us, I was born for joy. This broken world, however, breaks most of us, grinding relentlessly on its metaled tracks. -- Dean Koontz
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Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love. -- Dean Koontz
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The less depth a belief system has, the greater the fervency with which its adherents embrace it. The most vociferous, the most fanatical are those whose cobbled faith is founded on the shakiest grounds. -- Dean Koontz
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He loved her as he had never loved another, and he trusted her as he had allowed himself to trust no one else. But by the nature of the world, those who loved and trusted were uniquely vulnerable -- Dean Koontz
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The nip that twitches through your blood is the chill of the sudden suspicion that you are a stranger in a strange land. -- Dean Koontz
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And because it was so wonderful, I slipped back down into that dream of dogs and children and beautiful people who met my eyes and knew me in full, knew me and did not reject me. -- Dean Koontz
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If allowed to be, the heart is self-policing, and a reasonable measure of guilt guards against corruption. -- Dean Koontz
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I hate violence. I hate injustice more. I just want to be a fry cook, but the world demands more from me than eggs and pancakes. -- Dean Koontz
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A swelled head is just a result of nature's frenzied efforts to fill a vacuum. -- Dean Koontz
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The hard rain nailed the night to the city. -- Dean Koontz
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I am wary of any gun, anywhere, anytime - except when it's in Stormy's hand. She could sit with her finger on the detonation button of a nuclear weapon, and I would feel safe enough to nap. -- Dean Koontz
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Human beings, however, were different from apples and oranges: The flavor of the peel did not reliably predict the taste of the pulp. -- Dean Koontz
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Southerners have many fine qualities, charm and civility among them, and a sense of the tragic ... -- Dean Koontz
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Belief and trust, twined together, can meet any danger. -Gwyneth pg 88 -- Dean Koontz
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A man begins dying at the moment of his birth. Most People live in denial of Death's patient courtship until, late in life and deep in sickness, they become aware of him sitting bedside. -- Dean Koontz
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Get out of here while you can. She's crazier than a syphilitic suicide bomber with mad-cow disease. -- Dean Koontz
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I come down on the side of free will but I have sympathy for those who believe in fate because there is something about life which we feel we have no control over. -- Dean Koontz
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I didn't think she would willingly give me up to the hulk; but he would break her like a ceramic bank to get at the coins of knowledge that she held. -- Dean Koontz
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Say, Sometimes I think there may be more truth in fiction than in real life. Or at least truth condensed so that it's more easily understood. But what do I know of real people or the world, considering my strange existence? -- Dean Koontz
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I think there may be more truth in fiction than in real life. Or at least truth condensed so that it's more easily understood. -- Dean Koontz
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