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Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

Orson Scott Card

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Happiness is not a life without pain, but rather a life in which the pain is traded for a worthy price.”

“She will look at you as women look at men, and she will judge you as a woman judge men...not on the strength of their arguments, and not in their cleverness or prowess in battle, but rather on the force of their character, the intensity of their passion, their strength of soul, their compassion, and...ah, this above all...their conversation.”

“Love is random; fear is inevitable.”

“We were all fated to die, and so it is good that at least we can be sure our deaths today might bring about a good end, might make the world a better place.”

“Why should I worry about uncreating so much of human history? Why should I care that it will be worse than forgotten, that it will be unknown? Why should that seem to be a crime, when all of human history is an eyeblink compared to the billions of years the stars have shone?”

“This is all so silly,' said Diko. 'Who cares about what's real and what isn't real? [...] And as for our own history, the parts that will be lost, who cares if a mathematician calls us dirty names like "unreal"? They say such slanders about the square root of minus two as well.”

“Is the future, is the past, all that matters to you? Don't you have just a little bit of room for the present?”

“Europe was already Europe.”

“Only because of ignorance could he shape the world so fearlessly”

“History is a chaotic system. The details can shift endlessly, but the overall shape remains constant. Make a small change in the past, and it changes enough details in the present that we would not have come together at exactly this place and time to watch exactly this scene. And yet the great movements of history would be largely unchanged.”

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Book Keywords:

unreal, happiness, revisionist, history, math-humor, slander, square-root-of-minus-two

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