Dean Koontz

Born: July 9, 1945

Occupation: Author

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What year these events transpired is of no consequence. Where they occured is not important. The time is always, and the place is everywhere.

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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...

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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...

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Fear is a poison produced by the mind, and courage is the antidote stored always ready in the soul

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...like a scene from the swamps of Louisiana or the mind of Poe on opium.

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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.

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In a clutch or a corner, I tend to make a weapon out of what is near at hand. That can be anything from a crowbar to a cat, though if I had a choice, I would prefer an angry cat, which I have found to...

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here in the summer desert, winter found my blood

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Don't tell me what's necessary, you presumptupus pup. What's necessary is whatever I wish to do, regardless of how unnecessary it might be.

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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.

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We are not strangers to ourselves, we only try to be.

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...,we wasn't born to be all the time scared, we was born happy,

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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.

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Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect too much, enjoy what you have.

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Authors of so-called 'literary' fiction insist that action, like plot, is vulgar and unworthy of a true artist. Don't pay any attention to misguided advice of that sort. If you do, you will very likely...

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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...

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Pain is all I know." He murmured. "Peace is all I want

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The only thing we can't buy more of is time." she said. "And dodo birds. We can't buy any more of them. they're extinct. And dinosaurs.

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Intuition is seeing with the soul.

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In self-defense and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin.

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No degree of prosperity can be sufficient to eliminate all misfortune, and sloth is impervious to opportunity.

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The recognition of pain and fear in others give rise in us to pity, and in our pity is our humanity, our redemption.

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Modesty is related to diffidence, diffidence is related to shyness, Shyness is a synonym for timidity, timidity is a characteristic of the meek, the meek do not inherit the Earth, they serve those who...

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If she possessed any memory whatsoever of the days when she'd been whole, her shattered recollections were scattered across the darkscape of her mind in fragments so minuscule that she could no more easily...

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...what makes humanity beautiful is our free will, our individuality, our endless striving in spite of our imperfection. BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON Chapter 27 Page 214

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Six billion of us walking the planet, six billion smaller worlds on the bigger one. Shoe salesmen and short-order cooks who look boring from the outside - some have weirder lives than you. Six billion...

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Every life is complicated, every mind a kingdom of unmapped mysteries.

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Much of her life had been lived like a balancing act on a spearpoint fence, and on a particularly difficult night when she was twelve, she had decided that instinct was, in fact, the quiet voice of God....

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A scar is not always a flaw. Sometimes a scar may be redemption inscribed in the flesh, a memorial to something endured, to something lost.

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Perhaps extreme danger strips us of all pretenses, all ambitions, all confusions, focusing us more intensely than we are otherwise ever focused, so that we remember what we otherwise spend most of our...

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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.

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Each book is a mind alive, a life revealed, a world awaiting exploration, but living people are all those things, as well—and more, because their stories haven’t yet been completely told.

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The dead are merely the countrymen of my future.

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In real life during the last decade of the twentieth century, Rumpelstiltskin would probably get the queen's daughter. He would no doubt addict her to heroin, turn her out as a prostitute, confiscate her...

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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.

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Maybe there's nothing impossible tonight. We're down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us." If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.

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There is nothing fatherly about time and what it does to us, either.

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Only time conquers time and its burdens.

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Rub-a-dub-dub. Cerebrum in a tub.

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I have been reading Stephen King since CARRIE and hope to read him for many years to come.

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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...

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The world needed a little Evil, so Good had something to compare itself to, but you couldn't let it think it had the right-of-way on the road and an invitation to dinner.

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I am my own worst enemy. This, more than any other trait, proves my fundamental humanity.

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The desire to write well can never be fulfilled without hard work.

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As long as I have laughter, I am not without hope

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If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that’s more than just entertainment-w hich is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.

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Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard,...

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The human imagination may be the most elastic thing in the universe, stretching to encompass the millions of dreams that in centuries of relectless struggle built modern civilization, to entertain the...

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Not funny ha ha, funny weird

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The hard rain nailed the night to the city.

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At the core of every ordered system, whether a family or a factory, is chaos. But in the whirl of every chaos lies a strange order, waiting to be found.

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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.

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The geometry of judgment is a circle. Hate is a snake that turns to consume itself from the tail, a circle that diminishes to a point, then to nothing. Pride is such a snake, and envy, and greed. Love,...

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Guilt is a tireless horse. Grief ages into sorrow, and sorrow is an enduring rider.

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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...

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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.

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Not all popular novelists are good, but all good novelists are, sooner or later, popular.

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Whiskers of the cat, Webbed toes on my swimming dog; God is in the details.

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Every human being has appetites difficult to control but far fewer have humility, gentleness, and an awareness of their weaknesses.

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It's only life. We all get through it. Not all of us complete the journey in the same condition. Along the way, some lose their legs or eyes in acidents or altercations, while others skate through the...

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Life had not taught me to distrust ministers, but it had taught me to trust no one more than dogs.

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Evil men often easy to mislead, because they have spent so long deceiving that they no longer recognise the truth and mistake deseption for it.

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Loss is the hardest thing, I said. But it's also the teacher that's the most difficult to ignore.

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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.

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If one's friends do not openly laugh at him, they are not in fact his friends.

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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...

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Language can't describe reality. Literature has no stable reference, no real meaning. Each reader's interpretation is equally valid, more important than the author's intention. In fact, nothing in life...

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Death came, Death went, but Commerce flowed Eternal.

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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...

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Every world has dogs or their equivalent, creatures that thrive on companionship, creatures that are of a high order of intelligence although not the highest and that therefore is simple enough in their...

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On the Road that I have taken, one day walking I awaken, amazed to see where I've come, where I'm going, where I'm from.

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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.

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In the end, it's all about perseverance.

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He once told me that an August evening was "as hot as three toads in a Cuisinart," a comparison that left me blinking two days later.

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Pure, hard-core liberals believe in a superior race. They think they're it. They believe they're more intelligent than the general run of mankind, better suited than the little people are to manage the...

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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...

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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.

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Not an insult sweetie. That was a thirteen word kiss.

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Some lives, conducted with grace, are beautiful arcs bridging this world to eternity.

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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...

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Too many dogs continue to be abused and abandond - one is too many - and people continue to kill people for money and envy and no reason at all. Bad people succeed and good people fail, but that's not...

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A great deal of phenomenal experience has fostered in me a flexibility of the mind and imagination that some might call madness

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Human beings are such knotted, desperate pieces of work-it's a rare thing to know one completely, to the core, and still love him.

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Or maybe they were just doing it for fun. A lark. Their religion is tolerant of extreme forms of recreation. Boys will be boys, after all, and sociopathic boys will be sociopathic.

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More to the point, I know why soldiers, home from war, seldom tell their families about their exploits in more than general terms. We who survive must go on in the names of those who fall, but if we dwell...

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After once having made the mistake of watching television news, I had worried for a while about an asteroid hitting the earth and wiping out human civilization. The anchorwoman had said it was not merely...

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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.

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The broom wasn't as comforting as a flamethrower would have been, but it was better than a mop and certainly more threatening than a feather duster.

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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.

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I am sustained by the certainty that life has meaning...as does death.

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The wives of Spartans are the secret pillars of the world."--Odd Thomas

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When we don't allow ourselves to hope, we don't allow ourselves to have purpose. Without purpose, without meaning, life is dark. We've no light within, and we're just living to die.

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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...

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Because people see violence on the movie screen, they're not going to go out and hold up a liquor store and kill somebody. It really doesn't correlate.

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Do as little harm to others as you can; make any sacrifice for your true friends; be responsible for yourself and ask nothing of others; and grab all the fun you can. Don't give much thought to yesterday,...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Most universities are no longer temples of knowledge, but of power, and true moderns worship there.

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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.

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Even in the darkest moments, light exists if you have the faith to see it. Fear is a poison produced by the mind, and courage is the antidote stored always in the soul. In misfortune lies the seed of future...

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There's lots of law these days, but not much justice. Celebrities murder their wives and go free. A mother kills her children, and the news people on TV say she's the victim and want you to send money...

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We're out of cocktail olives, it's a tragedy of historic proportions, but we're coping because we're Americans.

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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.

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we must seize life because we never know how much of it remains for us, that faith is the antidote to despair and that laughter is the music of faith.

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... one of those librarians who rules the stacks with an intimidating scowl, whispers quiet sharply enough to lacerate the tender inner tissues of the ear, and will pursue an overdue-book fine with the...

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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.

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Y'all take care of yourself now... strange and interesting friends are hard to find.

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What most people find important, you do not. This is Wisdom. To what you believe is important, you are ready to give your mind, heart, and soul. This is Grace.

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A good dog is one of the best things of all to be.

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Even if God exists, does He know that you do?

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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...

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You won't find the truth of life in morbidity, only in hope.

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We can approach belief from an intellectual path, but in the end, God must be taken on faith. Proofs are for things of this world, things in time and of time, not beyond time.

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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.

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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.

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Although she had resisted this knowledge all her life, had lived determinedly in the future focused there by ambition, she understood at last that this was the real condition of humanity: The dance of...

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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,...

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Although the constant shadow of certain death looms over everyday, the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and affecting that the heart is nearly stilled in astonishment.

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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.

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I don't find slashing and blood flying everywhere to be scary. I just find it repulsive.

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In spite of where we were, how we had gotten here and why we had come, I felt that at this moment of our lives, this place was exactly where we belonged. We were not drifting but rising, rising toward...

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Evil itself may be relentless. I will grant you that, but love is relentless too. Friendship is a relentless force. Family is a relentless force. Faith is relentless force. The human spirit is relentless,...

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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...

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Fire, ice, asteroids and pole shifts are bogeymen with which we distract ourselves from the real threat of our time. In an age when everyone invents his own truth, there is no community, only factions....

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I'm no more a wonder than anyone. And that's what makes the world magical. Every baby's a seed of wonder - that gets watered or it doesn't.

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That was interesting, riding in the trunk," Milo said, "but I wouldn't want to do it again.

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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

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Lies hurt people; imagination makes life more fun.

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The hatred of truth is the taproot of violence.

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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.

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The most identifying trait of humanity is our abilty to be inhumane to one another.

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In the real world as in dreams nothing is quite what it seems. -The Book of Counted Sorrows

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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...

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Even in the darkest moments, light exists if you have faith to see it.

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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.

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Night has patterns that can be read less by the living than by the dead.

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One door away from heaven And the key is ours to lose. One door away from heaven But oh, the entry dues.

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I am twenty years old. To a world-wise adult, I am little more than a child. To any child, however, I am old enough to be distrusted, to be excluded forever from the magical community of the short and...

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I'm alive but I have no life. I'm alive but also dead. I'm dead and alive.

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The truth was stranger than the official fiction.

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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?

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What doesn't quicken dies. That's an indisputable truth of life.

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What has been is no more. Change has come.

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...in an infinite universe, anything that could be imagined might somewhere exist.

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Britney: You in a fight? Odd: No, It's an employment-related fork wound.

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Like children, dogs want discipline and are most secure when they have rules to live by. The happiest dogs are those with gentle masters who quietly but firmly demand respect.

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Reality isn't what it used to be.

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Home is the first refuge from - and last defense against - the disappointments and the terrors of life.

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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...

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Human cruelty and treachery surpassed all understanding. There were no answers. Only excuses.

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There are no explanations for human evil. Only excuses.

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One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us

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The process, not the final achievement, is what it's all about.

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No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves...

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Good fences make good neighbors, and these were apparently good enough that they had not felt the need for razor wire at the top. I crested the fence, threw myself into the yard beyond, fell, rolled to...

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Nothing is worse than being alone on the evening of the day when one's cow has exploded.

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Only once in a generation does anything as fresh as a vomiting detective come along.

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The word impossible contains the word possible' What's that-- some Zen thing?' I think Star Trek. Mr. Spock.

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Not all or even most suffering is at the hands of fate; it befalls us at our invitation.

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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.

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In this world only the paranoid survive.

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Truth is always stranger than fiction. We craft fiction to match our sense of how things ought to be, but truth cannot be crafted. Truth is, and truth has a way of astonishing us to our knees. Reminding...

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One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us. The disappointments of life, the injustices, the battering events that are beyond our control, and the betrayals we endure,...

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Each smallest act of kindness, reverberates across great distances and spans of time --affecting lives unknown to the one who’s generous spirit, was the source of this good echo. Because kindness is...

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Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.

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The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can't get off your knees for a...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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She says what holds their marriage together is that she feels too damn sorry for him to ask for a divorce.

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When things are baffling they usually don't unbaffle themselves.There's just, you know, a certain amount of baffling stuff that always, like, really baffles you, and I've found that it's best to accept...

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He said, if you allow yourself to be enchanted by the beauty to be seen in even ordinary things, then all things proved to be extraordinary.

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On those occasions when he had killed in the dark, he later needed to see his victims' faces because, in some unlit corner of his heart, he half expected to find his own face looking up at him, ice-white...

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Every day we make our way through a moral forest, along pathways ever branching. Often we get lost. When the array of paths before us is so perplexing that we can't make a choice, or won't, we can hope...

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Given enough time, you could convince yourself that loneliness was something better, that it was solitude, the ideal condition for reflection, even a kind of freedom. Once you were thus convinced, you...

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Appearances are not reality; but they often can be a convincing alternative to it. You can control appearances most of the time, but facts are what they are. When the facts are too sharp, you can craft...

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In each little life, we can see great truth and beauty, and in each little life we glimpse the way of all things in the universe. If we alow ourselves to be enchanted by the beauty of the ordinary, we...

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Always, the eye sees more than the mind can comprehend, and we go through life self-blinded to much that lies before us. We want a simple world, but we live in a magnificently complex one, and rather than...

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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.

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Sometimes waiting is the hardest thing.

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Being alone can be good. It's easy to find peace alone. But sometimes, being alone is a king of death.

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Dean Koontz

The whisper of the dusk is night shedding its husk.

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Dean Koontz

If you write with passion in your own style, you will make a place for yourself

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Dean Koontz

Living in the modern age, death for virtue is the wage. So it seems in darker hours. Evil wins, kindness cowers. Ruled by violence and vice we all stand upon thin ice. Are we brave or are we mice, here...

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Dean Koontz

Life without meaning cannot be borne. We find a mission to which we're sworn -or answer the call of Death's dark horn. Without a gleaning of purpose in life, we have no vision, we live in strife, -or...

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Dean Koontz

...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...

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Dean Koontz

Home was not a perfect place. But it was the only home they had and they could hope to make it better.

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

Love was a sacred garment, woven of a fabric so thin that it could not be seen, yet so strong that even mighty death could not tear it, a garment that could not be frayed by use, that brought warmth into...

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Dean Koontz

its a rare thing to know one completly to the core and stil love him

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Dean Koontz

the worst happens when you least expect it

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

Bunny slippers remind me of who I am.You can't get a swelled head if you wear bunny slippers. You can't lose your sense of perspective and start acting like a star or a rich lady if you keep on wearing...

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Dean Koontz

Any drunk who has tried to put his car where a lamppost stands is a self-educated physicist.

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Dean Koontz

Best thing that can happen to a man is a good woman.

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Dean Koontz

We may lack riches, but the greatest fortune is what lies in our hearts.

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Dean Koontz

Maybe I'm needy, neurotic, paranoid. Under the circumstances, of course, if I weren't needy, neurotic, and paranoid, I'd obviously be psychotic.

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Dean Koontz

Funny, how one good cookie could calm the mind and even elevate a troubled soul.

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Dean Koontz

I've a long list of things I don't know how I've done, but I've done them. In the end, it's always about perseverance.

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Dean Koontz

Too much mystery is merely an annoyance. Too much adventure is exhausting. And a little terror goes a long way.

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Dean Koontz

You can con God and get away with it, Granny said, if you do so with charm and wit. If you live your life with imagination and verve, God will play along just to see what outrageously entertaining thing...

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Dean Koontz

Evil was coming. I wondered whose face it would be wearing.

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Dean Koontz

Most people tend to think the best of those who are blessed with beauty; we have difficulty imagining that physical perfection can conceal twisted emotions or a damaged mind.

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Dean Koontz

I believe that we carry within us a divinely inspired moral imperative to love ... We have within us the ability to change for the better and to find dignity as individuals rather than as drones in one...

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Dean Koontz

What will happen will happen. There is time for miracles until there is no more time, but time has no end.

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Dean Koontz

The more you expect from life, the more your expectations will be fulfilled. By laughing, you do not use up your laughter, but increase your store of it. The more you love, the more you will be loved....

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Dean Koontz

It's only life. We all get through it.

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Dean Koontz

Loyal companions are an unequaled grace, stanching fear before it bleeds you numb, a reliable antidote for creeping despair.

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Dean Koontz

He felt ... a suspicion-no, a conviction-than he had been abandoned, forgotten, and that no one in the whole world cared or would ever care enough about him to really find out what he was like and what...

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Dean Koontz

Being polite is not only the right way to respond to people but also the easiest. Life is so filled with unavoidable conflict that I see no reason to promote more confrontations.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

Maybe the devil in human beings isn't the reflection of the devil, perhaps the devil is only a reflection of the savagery and brutality of our kind. Maybe what we've done is create the devil in our own...

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Dean Koontz

...I felt fear enter the halls of my mind, but I didn't give it the keys to every room.

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Dean Koontz

I see dead people. But, then by God, I do something about it!

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Dean Koontz

No one can grant you happiness. Happiness is a choice we all have the power to make.

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Dean Koontz

Sorrow is not a raven perched persistently above a chamber door. Sorrow is a thing with teeth, and while in time it retreats, it comes back at the whisper of it's name.

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Dean Koontz

The functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.

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Dean Koontz

Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows.

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Dean Koontz

Always, beneath every apparent chaos, order waits to be revealed.

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Dean Koontz

If we were capable of thinking of everything, we would still be living in Eden, rent-free with all-you-can-eat buffets and infinitely better daytime TV programming.

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Dean Koontz

Duty doesn't need to call; it only needs to whisper. And if you heed the call, no matter what happens, you have no need for regret." Odd Thomas

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

Every talent is unearned, however, and with it comes a solemn obligation to use it as fully and as wisely as possible.

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Dean Koontz

I can love October in September. September doesn’t care.

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Dean Koontz

Thanks to the circus between my ears, I can seize upon the smallest disquieting observation and from it extrapolate a terror of cataclysmic proportions.

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Dean Koontz

In the wind, the trees, like agitated lions preparing to roar, shook their great green manes.

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Dean Koontz

The rain wasn't the usual glittering silver, but dark and dirty, as if nature were a scrubwoman wringing out a filthy mop.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

The retriever took each bit of meat from his master's hand with a delicacy almost equal to that of a hummingbird sipping sugar water from a garden feeder, and when it was all gone, he gazed up at Dusty...

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Dean Koontz

When we hope, we usually hope for the wrong thing.

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Dean Koontz

We yearn for tomorrow and the progress that it represents. But yesterday was once tomorrow, and where was progress in it? Or we yearn for yesterday, for what was or what might have been. But as we are...

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Dean Koontz

Between birth and burial, we find ourselves in a comedy of mysteries. If you don't think life is mysterious, if you believe you have it all mapped out, you aren't paying attention or you've anesthetized...

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Dean Koontz

... and she had worn bitterness as though it were a crown.

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Dean Koontz

Narcissists are everywhere in this ripe age of self-love, which amazes me because so much in life would seem to foster humility. Each of us is a potential source of foolishness, each of us must endure...

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Dean Koontz

In our age, self-indulgence and self-destruction, rather than self-sacrifice, are the foundations for new heroic myths.

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Dean Koontz

When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching...

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Dean Koontz

Darkness dwells within even the best of us. In the worst of us, darkness not only dwells but reigns.

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Dean Koontz

The best part of a Mr. Goodbar is not the wrapper, is it? No, and the best part of a Coke is not the can. On those nights when you lie awake, either man or boy, wondering about yourself, peeling away one...

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Dean Koontz

The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs it, leaving on the canvas a less dark, less sharp version of the truth.

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Dean Koontz

Dare we linger, dare we skate? Dare we laugh or celebrate, knowing we may strain the ice? Preserve the ice at any price?

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Dean Koontz

What we do as a society is seek simple answers.

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

Change isn't easy... changing the way you live means changing what you believe about life. That's hard... When we make our own misery, we sometimes cling to it even when we want so bad to change because...

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Dean Koontz

Is there some meaning to this life? What purpose lies behind the strife? Whence do we come, where are we bound? These cold questions echo and resound through each day, each lonely night. We long to...

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

...at it's best fiction is medicine.

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Dean Koontz

Odd: I wish I could believe in reincarnation. Chief Porter: Not me. Once down the track is enough of a test. Pass me or fail me, Dear Lord, but don't make me go through high school again. Odd: If there's...

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Dean Koontz

We have a responsibility to stand watch over one another, we are watchers, all of us, watchers, guarding against the darkness.

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Dean Koontz

Golden retrievers are not bred to be guard dogs, and considering the size of their hearts and their irrepressible joy in life, they are less likely to bite than to bark, less likely to bark than to lick...

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Dean Koontz

I was looking forward to having a halo. It would make such a convenient reading lamp.

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Dean Koontz

I survive by finding the sweet spot between reason and unreason, between the rational and irrational.

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

Fate isn’t one straight road…there are forks in it, many different routes to different ends. We have the free will to choose the path.

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Dean Koontz

Humanity is a parade of fools, and I am at the front of it, twirling a baton.

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Dean Koontz

The snow did not even whisper its way to earth, but seemed to salt the night with silence.

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Dean Koontz

People who go to work every day, make sacrifices to raise families, and get through life without hurting other people if they can help it-those are the real heros.

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Dean Koontz

Then what are you? An electronic Hannibal Lector? You can't eat my liver with fava beans through a modem, you know.

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Dean Koontz

We are not born to wait. We are born to do.

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Dean Koontz

They said there was no rest for the wicked. In fact, there was rest neither for the virtuous nor the wicked, nor for guys like Billy, who were uncommitted regarding the whole idea of virtue versus wickedness...

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Dean Koontz

With blue vinyl-tile floor, pale-green wainscoating, pink walls, a yellow ceiling, and orange-and-white stork-patterned drapes, the expectant fathers' lounge churned with the negative energy of color overload....

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Dean Koontz

The brain acknowledged the approach of death while the heart stubbornly insisted upon immortality.

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Dean Koontz

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

Human beings can always be relied upon to exert, with vigor, their God-given right to be stupid.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.

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Dean Koontz

I believe that I was a dog in a past life. That's the only thing that would explain why I like to snack on Purina Dog Chow.

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Dean Koontz

I've not seen in my lifetime any politician who is a heroic figure. The manipulation that all politicians use on one level or another is so transparent.

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Dean Koontz

I do give books as gifts sometimes, when people would rather have one than a new Ferrari.

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Dean Koontz

A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power.

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Dean Koontz

I don't write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing.

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Dean Koontz

I think the world is full of evil people. I think in some ways we're in more danger now than before.

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Dean Koontz

Writing a novel is like making love, but it's also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.

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Dean Koontz

Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time.

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Dean Koontz

Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text.

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Dean Koontz

Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool.

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Dean Koontz

I think it's perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion.

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Dean Koontz

Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

Although I've said a million times that I'm not a horror writer, I do like horror.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

I like to deal with EVERY aspect of our condition, and that means terror and humor in equal mix. Some books have more room for humor than others.

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Dean Koontz

I never discuss a novel while I'm writing it, for fear that talking about it will diminish my desire to write it.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I've read it.

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Dean Koontz

If you have to pay the bills, and you write something you're not proud of, use a pen-name for that.

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Dean Koontz

If you want to publish two books a year under your own name and your publisher doesn't, maybe you need a different publisher.

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Dean Koontz

In my personal life, I'm a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we're human beings.

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Dean Koontz

Literary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish.

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Dean Koontz

Never, never try to scope the market.

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Dean Koontz

Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct.

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Dean Koontz

My wife is my first audience. She's a tough lady, so I can't say that I ever scare her. Except, of course, when she sees me the way I look before breakfast.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

I receive about 10,000 letters a year from readers, and in the first year after a book is published, perhaps 5,000 letters will deal specifically with that piece of work.

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Dean Koontz

I try not to spend too much time on partisan politics. Life's too short for that. I don't really believe that there have been many human problems solved by politics.

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Dean Koontz

One of the things I like enormously about Bob Weinstein is that that he's the only studio head I have ever known who will change his mind and say he was wrong.

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Dean Koontz

The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original. Too many sequels diminish the original.

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Dean Koontz

If God is an author and the universe is the biggest novel ever written, I may feel as if I'm the lead character in the story, but like every man and woman on Earth, I am a suporting player in one of billions...

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Dean Koontz

That was one of the most fundamental and sacred duties good friends and families performed for one another! They tended the flame of memory, so no one’s death meant an immediate vanishment from the world;...

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Dean Koontz

She lived for others, her heart tuned to their anguish and their needs.

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Dean Koontz

His blue eyes were seas where sorrow sailed.

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Dean Koontz

He is different, and there will be many people you love who will be unhappy with you. You don’t want them to feel you’ve dishonored them. Yes, I know how it is. But life is short. A chance for great...

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Dean Koontz

Envy, envy eats them alive. If you had money, they’d envy you that. But since you don’t, they envy you for having such a good, bright, loving daughter. They envy you for just being a happy man. They...

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Dean Koontz

She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells.

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Dean Koontz

But once an idea for a novel seizes a writer...well, it’s like an inner fire that at first warms you and makes you feel good but then begins to eat you alive, burn you up from within. You can’t just...

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Dean Koontz

Hunches [are] just messages from the subconscious, which [is] thinking furiously all the time and processing information we have not consciously noted.

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

Sometimes, life seems to have a higher meaning. Events unfold in uncanny sequences. Long-forgotten acquaintances turn up with news that changes lives. A stranger appears and speaks a few words of wisdom,...

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

A short-order cook, just off work, makes easy tracking for lions and worse

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Dean Koontz

Alliteration seems to offend people.

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Dean Koontz

Given my heritage and the ordeal of my childhood, I sometimes wonder why I myself am not insane. Maybe I am.

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Dean Koontz

Inaction counted as a choice.

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Dean Koontz

Perseverance is impossible if we don't permit ourselves to hope.

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Dean Koontz

Without trust, there can be no tranquil resting of the mind.

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Dean Koontz

Wealth is power, and power is the only thing about which contemporary culture cares.

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Dean Koontz

Are you prepared for the first wound?

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Dean Koontz

Holy men tell us life is a mystery. They embrace that concept happily. But some mysteries bite and bark and come to get you in the dark.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

There are days when it seems to me that in literature the most convincing depiction of the world in which we live is to be found in the phantasmagorical kingdom through which Lewis Carroll took Alice on...

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Dean Koontz

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,...

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Dean Koontz

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,...

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Dean Koontz

I've since discovered that many human beings need no supernatural mentoring to commit acts of savagery; some people are devils in their own right, their telltale horns having grown inward to facilitate...

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Dean Koontz

If dogs talked, one of them would be president by now. Everybody likes dogs.

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Dean Koontz

Grief is a healthy emotion, and it's healthy to embrace it. By accepting loss, we clarify our values and the meaning of our lives.

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Dean Koontz

Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself.

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Dean Koontz

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.

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Dean Koontz

Hope is the destination that we seek. Love is the road that leads to hope. Courage is the motor that drives us. We travel out of darkness into faith.

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Dean Koontz

It will all be better in the end and if it is not better then it must not be the end yet

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Dean Koontz

Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake.

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Dean Koontz

It was one of those rare times when remembering the dead was more inmportant than tending to the needs of the living.

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

I have learned a great deal from novels. Some of it is even true.

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Dean Koontz

Southerners have many fine qualities, charm and civility among them, and a sense of the tragic....

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Dean Koontz

I have avoided becoming stale by putting a little water on the plate, lying on the plate, and having myself refreshed in a toaster oven for 23 minutes once every month.

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

Change isn't easy. Changing the way you live means changing the way you think, means changing what you believe about life. That's hard.

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Dean Koontz

Sometimes it seemed that the human heart, this side of Eden, feared life more than death, light more than darkness, freedom more than surrender.

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Dean Koontz

I can do what I need to do. I can get where I want to go, no matter how hard it is.

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Dean Koontz

Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges...

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Dean Koontz

The mockery of friends is affectionate, and inoculates against foolishness.

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Dean Koontz

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...

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Dean Koontz

You've taught me that we're all needed, even those who sometimes think we're worthless, plain and dull. If we love and allow ourselves to be loved...well, a person who loves is the most precious thing...

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Dean Koontz

But the more people we love and the more deeply we love them, the more vulnerable we are to loss and grief and loneliness.

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss