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Too many years of watching old Warner Bros. cartoons by Chuck Jones can instill in you a silliness gene by proxy. — Dean Koontz

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He can't always watch us directly, ... with his fullest attention every minute, but He's always at least watching from the corner of his eye. — Dean Koontz

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unlike most Californians who fled their state and moved here and then wanted to make Montana into a version of what they left behind. — Dean Koontz

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It seems reckless, even perverse, to spend so much time and effort nurturing such a deadly thing ... Ernie and Pooka seek to understand death and to master their fear of it by domesticating it in the form of the brugmansia. — Dean Koontz

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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 begin to see that all things extraordinary. — Dean Koontz

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She and I seem to be more alike than not, acutely aware of the strangeness of the world and charmed by it's mysteries. — Dean Koontz

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He knows the legend of the Wandering Jew who struck Christ on the day of the crucifixion and was then condemned to roam the world forever without rest. Some say this condemnation was in fact an act of grace because the devil can't find and take a man whose remorse drives him to wander ceaselessly in search of absolution. — Dean Koontz

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My life would be constrained by the horror and fierce rage that my appearance inspired, but I would know peace as well as fear, tenderness as well as brutality, and even love in a time of cruelty. — Dean Koontz

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Her beauty is not just - or even primarily - physical. In her face, I see her wisdom, her compassion, her courage, her eternal glory. This other beauty, this spiritual beauty - which is the deepest truth of her - sustains me in times of fear and despair, as other truths might sustain a priest enduring martyrdom at the hands of a tyrant. I see nothing blasphemous in equating her grace with the mercy of God, for the one is a reflection of the other. The selfless love that we give to others to the point of being willing to sacrifice our lives for them, is all the proof I need that human beings are not mere animals of self-interest; we carry within us a divine spark, and if we chose to recognize it, our lives have dignity, meaning, hope. In her it is spark is bright, a light that heals rather than wounds me. — Dean Koontz

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Monkey stalactites — Dean Koontz

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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. — Dean Koontz

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Of course, in the process, you must never do harm to others in any serious way, or you'll cease to amuse Him. Then payment comes due for promises you didn't keep. — Dean Koontz

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I enjoy the hell out of writing but don't like what follows: promotion and publicity, which I always strive to keep to a minimum, sometimes to my publisher's dismay. — Dean Koontz

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That night, the sky poured out such torrents that the city was a drum set, every surface a source of rhythms, pavements and windows and canvas awnings, street signs and parked cars, Dumpsters throbbing like tom-toms, garbage-can lids swishing as the wind swirled bursts of rain in imitation of a drummer brush-stroking the batter head of a snare. — Dean Koontz

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If you're still, and if you don't hope too much, peace will come to you. It's a grace. But you have to choose happiness. — Dean Koontz

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We are coming out of a century that was taught that one way of looking at the world, that one form of behavior, is as valid as another. The idea of true evil has been blown away. — Dean Koontz

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And where the Ferris wheel carried its passengers high and brought them low and raised them high and brought them low again, as if it were not merely a carnival ride but also a metaphor for the basic pattern of human experience. — Dean Koontz

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Although enlightened people know that an extreme phobia wasn't a form of madness, hey could not help but regard it as odd. — Dean Koontz

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You had a good dinner of properly fried food, and if you want to live long enough to have another one, you've got to weaponize properly. — Dean Koontz

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Most people indulged in their vices and clung to their virtues based on their responses to temptation and conflict, not because some Other within them drove their behavior. — Dean Koontz

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To do...what you feel sure is right and in the aid of justice, you sometimes have to do things that...make you wonder if in fact you are the good man that you like to believe you are. — Dean Koontz

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If I waited until I felt creative, I would never have had a career. I long ago learned that a day that starts out badly, when nothing comes out on the page or comes out wrong, can suddenly turn into a good day a few hours later, when suddenly everything starts to click. The brain can be cajoled into being creative. — Dean Koontz

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There will be something very wrong with any place we go. — Dean Koontz

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I took comfort that its IQ, while no doubt high enough to allow it to run for elective office, seemed to be only a fraction of mine. — Dean Koontz

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

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It isn't possible to smile too much, odd one."
"Did you ever see the Joker in Batman? — Dean Koontz

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I asked for a sign that what I had done was necessary. Just one small sign. Nothing big. One small but incontestable sign. I opened my eyes. There was no sign. It doesn't work that way and never did. — Dean Koontz

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pity very often - not always - comes with an unspoken and sometimes unrecognized element of contempt. — Dean Koontz

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The life of a seamstress is no smaller than the life of a queen, the life of a child with Down syndrome no less filled with promise than the life of a philosopher, because the only significant measure of your life is the positive effect you have on others, either by conscious acts of will or by unconscious example. — Dean Koontz

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Always questioning your motivations is a healthy thing, but fearing your capacity for doing the wrong thing so that you retreat from many aspects of life is a terrible error in itself. — Dean Koontz

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tomorrow is a slave to yesterday. — Dean Koontz

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Your mind always does worse things than people can show in a movie. — Dean Koontz

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She ran for the only medicine that reliably cured any bout of unpleasant feelings: a book. — Dean Koontz

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I have no choice but to believe that all our lives are woven through with grace, because only then could the promise made to me and Stormy come true. — Dean Koontz

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I am basically a pretty good autodidact. I can teach myself things. — Dean Koontz

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He looked as if nothing hard in the world had touched him ... — Dean Koontz

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There is in me a darkness that, by darkness challenged, will rise up and have its way. — Dean Koontz

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Martie came out of the office first, smiling prettily, and Dusty rose to greet her, smiling less prettily, and Dr. Ahriman entered the waiting room behind her, smiling paternally, and maybe Dusty smiled a little more prettily when he saw the psychiatrist, because the man virtually radiated competence and compassion and confidence and all sorts of good stuff. — Dean Koontz

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You do what you have to do. That's who you seem to be to me, anyway. You're one who does what he has to do. — Dean Koontz

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No offense intended to the satanists who might be reading this, but I have found that those who worship the devil tend to be sneaky, more deceitful by far than your average Methodist - and proud of it. — Dean Koontz

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It's just, well, I can't stand it when someone's unfair to Mr. Wolflaw, because he's really so ... he's so incredible." "I understand. It really steams me when people say bad things about Vladimir Putin. — Dean Koontz

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When social forces press for the rejection of age-old Truth, then those who reject it will seek meaning in their own truth. These truths will rarely be Truth at all; they will be only collections of personal preferences and prejudices. — Dean Koontz

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For a long time, she wept, not so much for him and not at all for herself, but for the condition of all things and for the way the world could be but is not. — Dean Koontz

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I stopped in St. Bernadette's Cemetery one of my favorite places ... The trunks of six giant oaks rise like columns supporting a ceiling formed by their interlocking crowns. In the quiet space below, is laid out an aisle similar to those in any library. The gravestones are like rows of books bearing the names of those whose names have been blotted from the pages of life; who have been forgotten elsewhere but are remembered here. — Dean Koontz

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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. — Dean Koontz

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She'd known that being a victim was often a choice people made. — Dean Koontz

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Every day in every life is of the most profound importance. — Dean Koontz

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We've only been sitting here forty minutes. I'm never at the morning table less than an hour and a half. I do some of my finest plotting over breakfast coffee and raisin brioche. — Dean Koontz

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

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I didn't tell her that death lies dormant in each of us and will bloom in time. — Dean Koontz

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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 lose everyone we love. We're never the same. But somehow we're all right. We go on. — Dean Koontz

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

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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 to attack. — Dean Koontz

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He found he was suffering from laugh-deficit disorder. — Dean Koontz

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

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Although experience has taught me to trust my feelings, I did not go inside to stand guard near her. She had asked me to wait on the bench. I had no intention of crossing her. Like most men, I find it mortifying to be ass-kicked by a woman who doesn't even weigh 110 pounds after Thanksgiving dinner. — Dean Koontz

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Words are plastic these days. Small loans made to desperate people at exorbitant interest rates are called payday advances. A cheesy hotel paired with a seedy casino is called a resort. Any assemblage of frenetic images, bad music, and incoherent plot is called a major motion picture. — Dean Koontz

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When Mary Shelley took a local legend based on truth and crafted fiction from it, she'd made Victor a tragic figure and killed him off. He understood her dramatic purpose for giving him a death scene, but he loathed her for portraying him as tragic and as a failure. — Dean Koontz

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Lies hurt people; imagination makes life more fun. — Dean Koontz

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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 of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities. — Dean Koontz

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Books are packaged dreams. — Dean Koontz

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A part of me knew ... from the moment I saw her;
her death would have been one wound too many that day. — Dean Koontz

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He gave us the rude number one with lots of emphasis and then came after us. — Dean Koontz

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That stormy day in the desert, however, much changed for me. We must have our goals, our dreams and we must strive for them. We are not gods, however; we do not have the power to shape every aspect of the future. And the road the world makes for us is one that teaches humility if we are willing to learn. — Dean Koontz

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Someone said that everyone should stay back, so as not to stress me, but I said no. I said I wanted to see them all, to see people. I wanted to see not just the people I loved and the people I knew, but also the people I didn't know. I wanted to see people, because people had been my life, the good and bad, but always so many more good people than bad. They had been my life, and I did not want to die without the faces of people as the last thing I saw of that beautiful and mysterious world. — Dean Koontz

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But the line between moral behavior and narcissistic self-righteousness is thin and difficult to discern — Dean Koontz

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Amalia insisted he wasn't cold, but only wounded by life and emotionally isolated. — Dean Koontz

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Echoing off the tile walls, the sizzle-splash of the falling water sounded like the hissing of serpents and the brittle laughter of strange children. — Dean Koontz

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On a small table beside his chair were other haphazardly stacked volumes by such poets as Emerson, Whitman, and Wallace Stevens, a dangerous crew to let into your head. — Dean Koontz

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A dog can be a living work of art, a constant reminder of the exquisite design and breathtaking detail of nature, beauty on four paws. — Dean Koontz

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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. — Dean Koontz

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The wisdom of the most sagacious ancient Greeks, the wisdom of the most perceptive rabbis of ancient Canaan, and all the parables of Christ teach us to believe not in justice, but in truth. In a world of rampant lying, where so many lies are used to inflame passions and justify false grievances, the indiscriminate pursuit of justice leads sooner or later to insanity, mass murder, and the ruin of entire civilizations. — Dean Koontz

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

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In our lives, we come to moments of great significance that we fail to recognize, the meaning of which sometimes does not occur to us for many years. Each of us has his agenda and focuses on it, and therefore we are often blind to what is before our eyes. — Dean Koontz

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This world is intended to toughen us for the next life. She says that our honesty, integrity, courage, and determined resistance to evil are evaluated at the end of our days here, and that if we come up to muster, we will be conscripted into an army of souls engaged in some great mission in the next world. Those who fail the test simply cease to exist. In short, Stormy sees this life as boot camp. She calls the next life service. — Dean Koontz

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

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When my wits fail me, I resort to self-deception. — Dean Koontz

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

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Rush headlong and hard at life
or just sit at home and wait.
All things good and all the wrong
will come right to you: it's fate.

Hear the music, dance if you can.
Dress in rags or wear your jewels.
Drink your choice, nurse your fear
in this old honkytonk of fools. — Dean Koontz

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These days law thinks it's about nothin' but laws. Law don't remember it was once handed down from somewhere, that it once meant not just no, but was a way to live and a reason to live that way. Law now thinks nobody but politicians made it or remake it, so maybe it ain't a surprise some people don't care anymore about law, and even some lawmen don't understand the real reason for law. — Dean Koontz

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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 courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy. — Dean Koontz

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You couldn't be afraid of anything if you were sure you could bear the pain it might cause you. — Dean Koontz

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I've been badly scared myself, badly, for quite a few years now. You learn to live with it. — Dean Koontz

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Quantum theory tells us, Mr. Thomas, that every point in the universe is intimately connected to every other point, regardless of apparent distance. In some mysterious way, any point on a planet in a distant galaxy is as close to me as you are. — Dean Koontz

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Anyway, to maintain the right perspective, sweetie, we always should be at risk of failure, the possibility of making wrong choices. — Dean Koontz

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

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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. — Dean Koontz

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Between two of the joists, backlit by a bare dust-coated bulb in a white ceramic socket, a fat spider danced from string to string, plucking from its silken harp a music beyond human hearing. Bibi — Dean Koontz

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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. — Dean Koontz

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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 that surely determines the fate of our souls — Dean Koontz

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Ordinary daily life, which so many people thought had no flash or filigree, was to Bibi at all times extraordinary; so much magic and wonder were at work in the world, so much mystery in its depths, that she didn't want - and couldn't cope with - any more than what it offered to anyone who was willing to see. After — Dean Koontz

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The vintage dinette chairs featured chrome-plated steel legs and seats upholstered in black vinyl. Very 1950s. She liked the '50s. The world hadn't gone crazy yet. As she sat at a chromed table with a red Formica top, paging through the newspaper, she drank her first coffee of the day, which she called her "wind-me-up cup." To — Dean Koontz

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The greatest danger, of course, was to believe that I was equal to them, because assurance can morph into arrogance that Death loves to prove unfounded. — Dean Koontz

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But with the morning almost gone, with seven bodachs in the recreation room, with living boneyards stalking the storm, with Death opening the door to a luge chute and inviting me to go for a bobsled ride, I didn't have time to put on a victim suit and tell the woeful tale of my sorrowful childhood. Neither time nor the inclination — Dean Koontz

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Before you know it the hurt will be gone. It won't matter as much as it does now. I promise it won't. — Dean Koontz

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Then the clarifying thing happens, and what you need to do, what you must do, is not a question, not demand more revelation than what is given, be quiet in the face of it, quiet and grateful that it has been given to you to see this, to be for even a short time aware of the extraordinary layered depths and profound beauty of the world to which we mostly blind ourselves. — Dean Koontz

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

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When new hopes fail, old hopes return in the endless cycle of desperation. — Dean Koontz

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We are not, however, a species that can choose the baggage with which it must travel. In spite of our best intentions, we always find that we have brought along a suitcase or two of darkness, and misery. — Dean Koontz

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Even when God is your co-pilot, it pays to pack a parachute. — Dean Koontz