Persons [ ] Lines | Iain Banks, 1954 – 2013

 Iain Banks, Map of the island from The Wasp Factory, 1984

“All reality is a game.”

“It’s a library, only the stupid or the evil are afraid of those”

“Empathize with stupidity and you’re halfway to thinking like an idiot”

“One should never mistake pattern for meaning.” ~

“My enemy is twice dead, and I still have him.” *

“It was just a stage I was going through.” *

“My gratitude extends beyond the limits of my capacity to express it,” ^

“Escape is a commodity like anything else” ^

“It never ceased to amaze him how quickly a small child’s face could turn from peach to beetroot.” >

“It’s like a sealed, forgotten chamber in me; I shan’t feel complete until I’ve discovered its entrance.’

‘Sounds like a tomb. Aren’t you afraid of what you’ll find in there?’

“There is only darkness, starless and complete. The waves glitter like a million dull knives.” –

“I don’t think you really belong here, Aviger.” Xoxarle nodded wisely, slowly.

Aviger shrugged, and did not raise his eyes. “I don’t think any of us do.”

“The brave belong where they decide.” Some harshness entered the Idiran’s voice.”

“Yes of course I know it’s all a dream. Isn’t everything?”

 Iain Banks, 1954 – 2013
* The Wasp Factory,1984 /  – The Bridge,1986 / ^ The Player of Games,1988 /
>The Crow Road,1992 /  ~ The Hydrogen Sonata, 2012

“As a writer, you get to play, you get to alter time, you get to come up with the smart lines and
the clever comebacks you wish you’d thought of.”

“Half the fun of writing a novel is finding out from other people later on what you actually meant.”

Iain Banks

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