Thursday, August 23, 2007

Quotes: Novel. November. Nuclear Holocaust.

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

Each novel is a new, self-contained world.
Novel 273 As the French novelist Fran├žois Mauriac has remarked, each great novel is a separate and distinct world operating under its own laws with a flora and fauna totally its own. Eiseley, The Star Thrower

Each element in a novel is interrelated.
Novel 233 John Irving quoting D.H. Lawrence: The novel is the highest example of subtle interrelatedness that man has discovered. Plimpton, ed. The Writer’s Chapbook

Novels are a form of new experience.
Novel 354 Bernard Malamud: The human race needs the novel[;] we need all the experience we can get. Plimpton, ed. The Writer’s Chapbook

Novels dealt with probability; romances with legend.
Novel romance legend 352 …tried hard to define the differences between the novel proper and the romance…the novel aimed at “a very minute fidelity, not merely to the possible, but to the probable and ordinary course of man’s experience”…a romance because…it dealt with a legend…. Mellow, Hawthorne in His Times.

I wish he were here to put November in perspective for us.
November xiii I wish he [Ted Browning] were here to put it in perspective for us. D. Thomas, Editor, The Kennett Paper. Browning, Notes from Turtle Creek.

Nuclear Holocaust
A nuclear holocaust would be the equivalent of five hundred WWII’s.
Nuclear Holocaust 597 When that day comes, and there is a massive exchange, then that is the end, because you are talking about…150 million fatalities in the first eighteen hours”…the equivalent for this country of five hundred World War II’s in less than a day. Sorenson, Kennedy

In the era of nuclear war, misjudgment on either side could produce more devastation than all the wars in history.
Nuclear war 364 In the thermonuclear age, any misjudgment on either side about the intentions of the other could rain more devastation in several hours than has been wrought in all the wars of human history. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

Khrushchev: England, could be destroyed by only six nuclear bombs, France by eight.
Nuclear war 420 Khrushchev: In early July…remarked to the British Ambassador in his genial way that it would take only six nuclear bombs to destroy England, eight to destroy France. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

Khrushchev boasted of detonating a bomb 2500 times bigger than the one that killed 100,000 in Hiroshima and 5 times larger than the total of all explosives in all wars in human history.
Nuclear war 426 Soon [Khrushchev] was boasting to the Communist 22nd Congress of his intention to detonate a 50-megaton bomb—2500 times bigger than the one which had killed 100,000 people at Hiroshima and five times larger than the total of all high explosives used in all the wars in human history. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

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