Dean Koontz Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 Dean Koontz Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Dean Koontz Sayings: Guns don't feel nothin' about you, one way or t'other. No fair reason for you Guns don't feel nothin' about you, one way or t'other. No fair reason for you to feel bad towards them.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: We don't call them inmates,' Molly said, quoting one of the psychiatrists.'We call them patients. We don't call them inmates,' Molly said, quoting one of the psychiatrists.'We call them patients.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: It will all be better in the end and if it is not better then 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 Sayings: He felt ... a suspicion-no, a conviction-than he had been abandoned, forgotten, and that no 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 his dreams were. He was an outcast, a creature somehow vastly different from all other people, an object of scorn and derision, an outsider, secretly loathed and ridiculed by everyone who met him, even by those few who professed to love him.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Humanity was drawn to turmoil and self-destruction as inevitably as the earth was drawn to Humanity was drawn to turmoil and self-destruction as inevitably as the earth was drawn to complete its annual revolution of the sun.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Were you always such a snake," the child asked, "or did you grow into what Were you always such a snake," the child asked, "or did you grow into what you are?
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Doubt is poison. It leads to a loss of faith in yourself, and in all Doubt is poison. It leads to a loss of faith in yourself, and in all that's good and true.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Love was the closest thing to immortality that men would ever know and that the Love was the closest thing to immortality that men would ever know and that the only
and best
answer to death is loving. Loving.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: The hands of every clock are shears, trimming us away scrap by scrap, and every 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 Sayings: She blinked, sat up, and saw Chris in the bathroom doorway. He'd just gotten out She blinked, sat up, and saw Chris in the bathroom doorway. He'd just gotten out the shower. His hair was damp, and he was dressed only in his briefs. The sight of his thin, boyish body - all ribs and elbows and knees - pulled at her heart, for he looked so innocent and vulnerable. He was so small adn fragile that she wondered how she could ever protect him, and renewed fear rose in her.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Bad people succeed and good people fail, but that's not the end of the story. Bad people succeed and good people fail, but that's not the end of the story. Miracles happen that nobody sees, and among us walk heroes who are never recognized, and people live in loneliness because they cannot believe they are loved.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: If you really truly want to know, I've thought if I was ever free someday, If you really truly want to know, I've thought if I was ever free someday, I might discover I've held my tears so long that I can't cry anymore, that I'm a dry stone and nothing can ever be wrung from me.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Death was everywhere, he was legion, and you couldn't escape his attention, but in some Death was everywhere, he was legion, and you couldn't escape his attention, but in some places he manifested in greater numbers than in others.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: I tend to believe in the traditional architecture of life and the afterlife. This world I tend to believe in the traditional architecture of life and the afterlife. This world is a journey of discovery and purification. The next world consists of two destinations: One is a palace for the spirit and an endless kingdom of wonder, while the other is cold and dark and unthinkable.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: My instinct is a winning coach, and when it said "Batter up,"I didn't argue that My instinct is a winning coach, and when it said "Batter up,"I didn't argue that I wasn't ready for the game. I gripped the bat in both hands, assumed the stance, and said a prayer to Mickey Mantle.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: You once told me that we're here to eat all the good Mexican food we You once told me that we're here to eat all the good Mexican food we can," I reminded him, "and when we've had our fill, it's time to move on.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: That was one of the most fundamental and sacred duties good friends and families performed 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; in some sense the deceased would live on after their passing, at least as long as those who loved them lived. Such memories were an essential weapon against the chaos of life and death, a way to ensure some continuity from generation to generation, an order of endorsement and meaning.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: I build a book the way coral reefs are built: millions of little calcareous skeletons I build a book the way coral reefs are built: millions of little calcareous skeletons piling up one atop another, though in my case the skeletons are drafts.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Every place is the same place in the end. Every place is the same place in the end.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: There is nothing fatherly about time and what it does to us, either. There is nothing fatherly about time and what it does to us, either.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Little mouse, you were so quick, so bright, so sweet, so full of life. And 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 still inside you. No one can take the gifts God gave you. Only you.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: pessimism is strictly for people who are over-educated and unimaginative. pessimism is strictly for people who are over-educated and unimaginative.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: I disliked guns, but I learned to use them. I had come to understand guns, I disliked guns, but I learned to use them. I had come to understand guns, that they were tools and that they were no more evil, in their essence, than pliers and wrenches. At times, they were a necessity. In a world of evil, they were often also a blessing. Now and then, as I've said, I was able to
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Dean Koontz Sayings: With a thick note of disbelief in her voice, Jilly said, 'You went through the With a thick note of disbelief in her voice, Jilly said, 'You went through the wall to California?'
[Dylan] 'Yeah. Why not? Where'd you think we went-Narnia? Oz? Middle Earth? California's weirder than any of those places, anyway.'
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Of course, I don't know everything. Considering the infinite amount of knowledge that one could Of course, I don't know everything. Considering the infinite amount of knowledge that one could acquire in a virtually innumerable array of intellectual disciplines, it's probably more accurate to say that I don't know anything.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Be you and only you, which means be you and all the people you have Be you and only you, which means be you and all the people you have loved ...
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Be of the world and in the world and above the world all at once. Be of the world and in the world and above the world all at once. Be you and only you,
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Adversity breeds toughness, and the tough succeed. And survive. Adversity breeds toughness, and the tough succeed. And survive.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: She has these dark eyes as deep as galaxies. It's easy to get lost in She has these dark eyes as deep as galaxies. It's easy to get lost in them.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Quick now, here, now, always, as if we are in a condition of complete simplicity Quick now, here, now, always, as if we are in a condition of complete simplicity ...
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Dean Koontz Sayings: That's life. Always something, more good than bad, but always interesting if you're paying attention. That's life. Always something, more good than bad, but always interesting if you're paying attention.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: And she had worn bitterness as though it were a crown. And she had worn bitterness as though it were a crown.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Amazement and astonishment express the momentary overwhelming of the mind by something beyond expectation. Amazement Amazement and astonishment express the momentary overwhelming of the mind by something beyond expectation. Amazement is an emotional response, astonishment an intellectual one.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: She watched a serrated formation of brown pelicans slice the sky and leave no scar. She watched a serrated formation of brown pelicans slice the sky and leave no scar.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Creation moves and astonishes if you let it. When I realize how unlikely it is Creation moves and astonishes if you let it. When I realize how unlikely it is that anything at all should live on this world spun together from dust and hot gases, that creatures of almost infinite variety should at night look up at the stars, I know that it's all more fragile than it appears, and I think maybe the only thing that keeps the Earth alive and turning is our love for it.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: Even as I regarded those two men, I became aware of the flying beams of Even as I regarded those two men, I became aware of the flying beams of the spotlights, to the north-east, painting ephemeral infinity symbols across the pregnant clouds that increasingly commanded the sky, of the distant roller-coaster chain clacking through the ratchet angles of the guideway as cars full of riders climbed an incline toward the next long drop, of the dusty smell of the campground, and of the scent of rain pending.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: He said, if you allow yourself to be enchanted by the beauty to be seen 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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Dean Koontz Sayings: Although she had resisted this knowledge all her life, had lived determinedly in the future 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 life occurred not yesterday or tomorrow, but only here at the still point that was the present. This truth is simmple, sel-evident, but difficult to accept, for we sentimentalize the past and wallow in it, while we endure the moment and in every waking hour dream of the future.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: As they have taught me, I believe that without asking, we are given all we As they have taught me, I believe that without asking, we are given all we need. We must have the wit and wisdom to recognize the strengths and tools at our command, and find the courage to do what must be done.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: I have advice for new writers, first of all, at any time in the history I have advice for new writers, first of all, at any time in the history of publishing in my experience, there will be endless number people telling you that you can't do what you are trying to do. You won't succeed, there's something else you should be doing.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: in this dangerous time when shadows cast shadows of their own, when darkness often passed in this dangerous time when shadows cast shadows of their own, when darkness often passed for light, the just and the unjust wore the same face. Weaving
Dean Koontz Sayings: The hard rain nailed the night to the city. The hard rain nailed the night to the city.
Dean Koontz Sayings: We not-much-of-anything types don't worry about the cost of leaving a light on unnecessarily. We not-much-of-anything types don't worry about the cost of leaving a light on unnecessarily.
Dean Koontz Sayings: The thing we want the most is always the thing we cannot have. The thing we want the most is always the thing we cannot have.
Dean Koontz Sayings: How passionately we love everything that cannot last: the dazzling crystallory of winter, the spring 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.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Fear is a hammer, and when the people are beaten finally to the conviction that Fear is a hammer, and when the people are beaten finally to the conviction that their existence hangs by a frayed thread, they will be led where they need to go.
Dean Koontz Sayings: If you have to pay the bills, and you write something you're not proud of, If you have to pay the bills, and you write something you're not proud of, use a pen-name for that.
Dean Koontz Sayings: But in a nation that had nearly spent its way into bankruptcy, sturdy locks and But in a nation that had nearly spent its way into bankruptcy, sturdy locks and a perimeter alarm were the preferred form of security, because they didn't require salaries, health care, and pensions.
Dean Koontz Sayings: I am my own worst enemy. This, more than any other trait, proves my fundamental I am my own worst enemy. This, more than any other trait, proves my fundamental humanity.
Dean Koontz Sayings: When you keep a secret from those closest to you, even with the best of When you keep a secret from those closest to you, even with the best of motives, there is a danger that you will create a smaller life within your main life. The first secret will spin off other secrets that also must be kept, complicated webs of evasion that grow into elaborate architectures of repressed truths and subterfuge, until you discover that you must live two narratives at once. Because deception requires both bold lies and lies of omission, it stains the soul, muddies the conscience, blurs the vision, and puts you at risk of headlong descent into greater darkness.
Dean Koontz Sayings: No matter what happens, everything will be all right in the long run.' No matter what happens, everything will be all right in the long run.'
Dean Koontz Sayings: I've been badly scared myself, badly, for quite a few years now. You learn to I've been badly scared myself, badly, for quite a few years now. You learn to live with it.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Some days I'm lucky to squeeze out a page of copy that pleases me, but 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.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Books are packaged dreams. Books are packaged dreams.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Do not doubt the beauty of your heart. Do not doubt the beauty of your heart.
Dean Koontz Sayings: In this brave new digital world, reality is plastic, and your identity is whatever you In this brave new digital world, reality is plastic, and your identity is whatever you wish it to be. As is your future: Wish it, build it, live it.
Dean Koontz Sayings: If she fully embraced life with all its conflicts, she would suffer a breakdown. If she fully embraced life with all its conflicts, she would suffer a breakdown.
Dean Koontz Sayings: It is the purpose for which we exist. This reckless caring. It is the purpose for which we exist. This reckless caring.
Dean Koontz Sayings: When she returned, she smiled and said, "We were at the movies once, and this When she returned, she smiled and said, "We were at the movies once, and this dork took two phone calls during the film. Later we followed him, and Andre broke both his legs with a baseball bat."
This proved that even the most evil people could occasionally have a socially responsible impulse.
Dean Koontz Sayings: The wives of Spartans are the secret pillars of the world.Odd Thomas The wives of Spartans are the secret pillars of the world.
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Dean Koontz Sayings: If we were always conscious of the fact that people precious to us are frighteningly 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 for the love and friendship they give to us.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Britney: You in a fight?Odd: No, It's an employment-related fork wound. Britney: You in a fight?
Odd: No, It's an employment-related fork wound.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Her eyes were celadon saucers but bottomless, of such great depth that she could take Her eyes were celadon saucers but bottomless, of such great depth that she could take in the knowledge of whole worlds and have room in that gaze for still more.
Dean Koontz Sayings: I don't desire a change of scenery or exotic experiences. My heart yearns for familiarity, I don't desire a change of scenery or exotic experiences. My heart yearns for familiarity, stability, the comfort of home- and my sanity depends on it.
Dean Koontz Sayings: We live in God's amusement park. We live in God's amusement park.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Her mother said that three great powers kept the universe going. The first and the Her mother said that three great powers kept the universe going. The first and the strongest was God. Each of the two additional powers was as strong as the other: love and imagination. OF the three, God and love were always good. Imagination, however, could be good or bad. Mozart imagined great music into existence. Hitler imagined death camps and built them. Imagination was so powerful that you had to be careful because you could imagine things into existence that you might regret, Everything in the universe was an idea before it was real.
Dean Koontz Sayings: For a while, as the spent sky sluggishly refilled its reservoir with laden clouds drawn For a while, as the spent sky sluggishly refilled its reservoir with laden clouds drawn off the ocean, Bibi
Dean Koontz Sayings: I can love October in September. September doesn't care. I can love October in September. September doesn't care.
Dean Koontz Sayings: The secret is not to think, we think in words. And what lies beyond the The secret is not to think, we think in words. And what lies beyond the reality we see is a truth that words can't contain, the secret is to feel.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Funny how people that don't believe in nothin' are so quick to believe every crazy Funny how people that don't believe in nothin' are so quick to believe every crazy story about people like us.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Your sense of responsibility to others can never be excessive. Your sense of responsibility to others can never be excessive.
Dean Koontz Sayings: On the first of July, while Ariel sat on their blanket, gazing out at the On the first of July, while Ariel sat on their blanket, gazing out at the sun-spangled water, Chyna tried to read a newspaper, but every story distressed her. War, rape, murder, robbery, politicians spewing hatred from all ends of the political spectrum. She read a movie review full of vicious ipse dixit criticism of the director and screenwriter, questioning their very right to create, and then turned to a woman columnist's equally vitriolic attack on a novelist, none of it genuine criticism, merely venom, and she threw the paper in a trash can.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Are you prepared for the first wound? Are you prepared for the first wound?
Dean Koontz Sayings: I realized that loving people, depending on them, NEEDING them, is just too dangerous. Love I realized that loving people, depending on them, NEEDING them, is just too dangerous. Love is just a way to set you up for a bad fall. It's the rug they pull out from under you at the very moment you decide that everything's going to be fine. We're all so ephemeral. So fragile. And life's so unpredictable.
Dean Koontz Sayings: For those who dispair that their lives are without meaning and without purpose, for those For those who dispair that their lives are without meaning and without purpose, for those who dwell in a lonelines so terrible that it has withered their hearts, for those who hate because they have no recognition of the destiny they share with all humanity, for those who would squander their lives in self-pity and in self-destruction because they have lost the saving wisdom with which they are born, for all these and many more, hope waits in the dreams of a dog, where the scared bature of life may be clearly experienced without all but binding filter of human need, desire, greed, envy and endless fear. And here, in dream woods and fields, along with the shores of dream seas, with the profound awareness of the playful presence abiding in all things, Curtis is able to prove what she thus far only dared to hope is true: that although her mother never loved her, there is one who always has.
Dean Koontz Sayings: I could only lose her if, from this moment forward, I made wrong choices, or I could only lose her if, from this moment forward, I made wrong choices, or if she made them. But I would take those odds rather than the odds that luck offered.
Dean Koontz Sayings: She is a girl who feels things strongly, and though cynics might mock her for She is a girl who feels things strongly, and though cynics might mock her for that, I never will, as it perhaps the best of graces: to feel deeply, to care profoundly.
Dean Koontz Sayings: DestinySomewhere there waiteth in this world of oursFor one lone soul another lonely soulEach choosing Destiny
Somewhere there waiteth in this world of ours
For one lone soul another lonely soul
Each choosing each through all the weary hours
And meeting strangely at one sudden goal
The blend they, like green leaves with golden flowers
Into one beautiful and perfect whole;
And life's long night is ended, and the way
Lies open onward to eternal day
Dean Koontz Sayings: What's gotten into you today? All evening What's gotten into you today? All evening
Dean Koontz Sayings: Every day we make our way through a moral forest, along pathways ever branching. Often Every day we make our way through a moral forest, along pathways ever branching. Often we get lost.
Dean Koontz Sayings: With human beings, a natural death was a death with dignity. But animals were innocents, With human beings, a natural death was a death with dignity. But animals were innocents, and as their stewards, people owed them mercy.
Dean Koontz Sayings: The concept of a weary severed hand, exhausted from relentless creeping, made no sense. The concept of a weary severed hand, exhausted from relentless creeping, made no sense.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Hunches [are] just messages from the subconscious, which [is] thinking furiously all the time and Hunches [are] just messages from the subconscious, which [is] thinking furiously all the time and processing information we have not consciously noted.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Such grief might be to them quite delicious, a delicacy. Such grief might be to them quite delicious, a delicacy.
Dean Koontz Sayings: I had remained hopeful that, among the millions on this Earth, there might be a I had remained hopeful that, among the millions on this Earth, there might be a few who could summon the courage to know me for what I am and have the self-confidence to still walk part of this life with me.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Good fences make good neighbors, and these were apparently good enough that they had not 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 my feet, and ran with the expectation of being garroted by a taut clothesline.
I heard panting, looked down, and saw a gold retriever running at my side, ears flapping. The dog glanced up at me tongue rolling, grinning, as though jazzed by the prospect of an unscheduled play session.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Maybe they traveled into darkness eternal without protest because they lacked the imagination to envision Maybe they traveled into darkness eternal without protest because they lacked the imagination to envision anything else.
Dean Koontz Sayings: We are an arrogant species, full of terrible potential, but we also have a great 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.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Although he never speaks of how or what or why, I know that his childhood Although he never speaks of how or what or why, I know that his childhood was difficult, that his parents broke his heart. Books and excess poundage are his insulation against pain.
Dean Koontz Sayings: By doing, I learn what to do. By going, I learn where to go. One By doing, I learn what to do. By going, I learn where to go. One day, by dying, I'll learn how to die, and leave the world and hope to land in light.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Strangely enough, for many many years I didn't talk about my childhood and then when Strangely enough, for many many years I didn't talk about my childhood and then when I did I got a ton of mail - literally within a year I got a couple of thousand letters from people who'd had a worse childhood, a similar childhood, a less-bad childhood, and the question that was most often posed to me in those letters was: how did you get past the trauma of being raised by a violent alcoholic?
Dean Koontz Sayings: The human imagination may be the most elastic thing in the universe, stretching to encompass 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 endless doubts that hamper every human enterprise, and to conceive the vast menagerie of boogeymen that trouble every human heart.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Ryan's parents, no less than Sam's, were of that portion of the post-war generation that Ryan's parents, no less than Sam's, were of that portion of the post-war generation that rejected the responsibilities of tradition and embraced entitlement. Sometimes it seemed to him that he was the parent, that his mother and father were the children. Regardless of the consequences of their behavior and decisions, they would see no need for redemption. Giving them the chance to earn it would only offend them.
Dean Koontz Sayings: It is human nature to want to believe in the wizardry of the magician - It is human nature to want to believe in the wizardry of the magician - but also to turn against him and to scorn him the moment that he commits the slightest error that reveals his trickery. Those in the audience are embarrassed to have been so easily astonished, and they blame the performer for their gullibility.
Dean Koontz Sayings: The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs it, leaving on the 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.
Dean Koontz Sayings: Most universities are no longer temples of knowledge, but of power, and true moderns worship Most universities are no longer temples of knowledge, but of power, and true moderns worship there.
Dean Koontz Sayings: There is hope for you yet.-Einstein the Labrador Retriever via scrabble tiles There is hope for you yet.
-Einstein the Labrador Retriever via scrabble tiles
Dean Koontz Sayings: People have lost their history, the what and how and why of things. They know People have lost their history, the what and how and why of things. They know so little of the places where they live.
Dean Koontz Sayings: ...at it's best fiction is medicine. ...at it's best fiction is medicine.
Dean Koontz Sayings: These days, all I ask Fate is that the people she hurls into my life, These days, all I ask Fate is that the people she hurls into my life, whether they are evil or good, or morally bipolar, should be amusing to one degree or another.