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Bridge of Birds

Barry Hughart

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Error can point the way to truth, while empty-headedness can only lead to more empty-headedness or to a career in politics.”

“Fable has strong shoulders that carry far more truth than fact can.”

“The supernatural can be very annoying until one finds the key that transforms it into science," he observed mildly... "Come on, Ox, let's go out and get killed.”

“The emotional health of a village depended upon having a man whom everyone loved to hate, and Heaven had blessed us with two of them.”

“O great and mighty Master Li, pray impart to me the Secret of Wisdom!" he bawled. "Take a large bowl," I said. "Fill it with equal measures of fact, fantasy, history, mythology, science, superstition, logic, and lunacy. Darken the mixture with bitter tears, brighten it with howls of laughter, toss in three thousand years of civilization, bellow kan pei — which means 'dry cup' — and drink to the dregs." Procopius stared at me. "And I will be wise?" he asked. "Better," I said. "You will be Chinese.”

“Blessed are the idiots, for they are happiest people on earth.”

“Immortality is only for the gods," he whispered. "I wonder how they can stand it.”

“...the problem with poetic justice is that it never knows when to stop.”

“Don't be ashamed of reliving your childhood, Ox, because all of us must do it now and then to maintain our sanity.”

“Mystery and terror are the bulwarks of tyranny.”

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Book Keywords:

humor, childhood, sanity

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