Sunday, January 3, 2021

Featured Tag: "quote"

Anytime and every time I've used someone else's words, I've used this tag. Sometimes I even quote myself, though that's far less common.

In the past nine years, I've taken a lot of people's words out of context and used them for my own means, and I feel no guilt for it. Regardless, this week, we're looking at some of the people I've quoted, whether they're strange, unexpected, bizarre, random, and/or continue to inspire.

This remains my most used tag (not counting tags based on year or viewership).

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But God also helped those who helped themselves, and presumably expected the chosen... to bring some common sense to the party.
 - from The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

This book remains a favorite of mine. It teaches more than a few lessons about self-reliance and self-preservation, and was one of the inspiring factors to get me to take the whole EDC and bug-out bag matter seriously.

There's a lot of terrible things happening in the world, and whether it merely seems like there's more because we're all so interconnected with each other, or because there actually is more... I can sleep well knowing that if I have to, I can wander off into the sunset and be able to take care of myself better than most people, come what may.

Related posts:
Sobering Reminders, 16 August 2020
A Rare Sense, 11 November 2012
Without Faith Leaves Only Doubt, 4 November 2012

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What goes around comes around. And sometimes you get what's coming around. And sometimes you are what's coming around.
 - Father Anthony Forthill, Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

The Dresden Files is ripe with quotable moments. It's probably my most used source, assuming you count an eighteen-book series as "one" source. I mean, if an oliphaunt only counts as one...

Jim Butcher's storytelling is masterful, even when he denies it (hey, I liked Restoration of Faith). And his narrator, one Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, is just as human as the rest of us, even if he does have buckets of magical power that he doesn't always know what to do with.

Too many other writers who tell tales of magic seem to struggle with making them relatable. They're high fantasy with only a middling basis on reality, just enough for a toe hold before you climb up into the clouds. But Harry's got his feet well planted, and in Chicago no less, which makes it even easier for anyone who lives in the vicinity.

Related Posts:
Sobering Reminders, 16 August 2020
One of these quotes is not relevant to this post, but I'm leaving it anyway, 12 May 2019
Where, 17 December 2017
MBWS: Decimate, 23 March 2014
Physical Affirmation, 9 February 2014
A Two-Edged Pen Cuts Both Ways, and There's Blood On My Hands, 3 February 2013

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"The enemy's gate is down."
-Andrew Wiggin, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game will forever be my first science fiction novel. It doesn't really hold up too well, especially the later stories, of which I used to own all of and now hardly own any. But I've grown.

There's still plenty of wisdom to be found in its pages, but it will forever be tainted by the moment I learned about the hard edge that Card drove in his homophobia. I think, even f he didn't approve of such things, he could have built a much better story if he'd not merely erased it from his world completely. Aside from that one scene, where it's a joke.

You can hate something, or disagree with something, and still let it have a place. Especially when you're writing a coming of age story that's being read by children who are coming of age, discovering themselves, and feeling attractions they don't always understand.

I've been tempted a few times to try to write a version of the story where homosexuality wasn't taboo. Or where it wasn't used in a single scene as an attempt to keep anybody, characters and readers alike, from taking somebody seriously.

But besides all that... The Wiggin Effect remains not only one of my top posts of all time, but it has received more attention through the effect that it describes more than any other post I know.

Related Posts:
Almost Forgotten Memories, 24 May 2020
Lengthening Shadows, 3 November 2019
The Wiggin Effect, 10 November 2013
Would you expect no homosexuality in a mostly-all-boys school?, 28 July 2013
Keeping Perspective to Keep Your Sanity, 10 September 2011