If Ideas Had Shapes

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Category: Fiction

Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace (1867)

We should enter into everyone’s situation. Tout comprendre, c’est tout pardonner.*

(Princess Mary)

* To understand all is to forgive all.

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Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace (1867)

“She flatters me,” thought the princess, turning away and continuing to read. But Julie did not flatter her friend, the princess’ eyes—large, deep and luminous (it seemed as if at times there radiated from them shafts of warm light)–were so beautiful that very often in spite of the plainness of her face they gave her an attraction more powerful than that of beauty. But the princess never saw the beautiful expression of her own eyes—the look they had when she was not thinking of herself. As with everyone, her face assumed a forced unnatural expression as soon as she looked in a glass.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Destruction: Then she told me everyone can know everything Destiny knows. And more than that. She said we all not only could know everything. We do. We just tell ourselves we don’t to make it all more bearable.
Dream: It sounds unlikely.
Destruction: That was what I said to her. I said, if they do that, why do they keep wandering around and falling down manholes and tripping on banana skins? Why does it seem like none of us—Endless or mortal, ghost or god—knows what we’re doing?
Dream: And she said?
Destruction: I told you. She said everyone knows everything. We just pretend to ourselves we don’t. I never knew what to make of that.
Delirium: She is. Um. Right. Kind of. Not knowing everything is all that makes it okay, sometimes.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Delirium: I like airplanes. I like anywhere that isn’t a proper place. I like in-betweens.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Delirium: Have you ever spent days and days and days making up flavors of ice cream that no one’s ever eaten before? Like chicken and telephone ice cream?
Dream: No.

Delirium: What’s a false move? is it very different from a real one? Green mouse ice cream was the worst. I didn’t like that at all.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

All labyrinths are one labyrinth. All mazes meet in the center. There is a portion of space that all labyrinths share, a space common to every place in which paths fork and join and diverge once more.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Matthew: So what’s the deal?
Dream: The deal? Delirium will drive. You will advise her. I am sure you will find the experience one of great interest and variety.

Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 7 (1994)

Agent: Mr Farrell doesn’t see people without an appointment.
Dream: He will see me. Please, let him know that I am here.
Agent: Can I have a name?
Delirium: Don’t you have one? That’s sad. I used to have one name, then I had to get another one. If you don’t have a name, what do people call you? I mean, do they just wave and smile, or jingle little silver bells or what?
Agent: Can I have your name?
Delirium: You don’t want my name. Trust me. You really don’t. Sometimes I don’t want my name, and I’m sort of used to it by now. It would really mess you up.
Agent: I’m sorry. Is this person with you?
Delirium: I’m not a person.

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

Loki’s green eyes flashed with anger and with admiration, for he loved a good trick as much as he hated being fooled.

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

“I have persuaded him to return it to you, but he demands a price.”
“Fair enough,” said Thor. “What’s the price?”
“Freya’s hand in marriage.”
“He just wants her hand?” asked Thor hopefully. She had two hands, after all,…