Scientists, for all their creativity, will never discover a method for making people deader than dead. So if some of you are worried about being hydrogen-bombed, you are merely fearing death. There is nothing new in that. If there weren’t any hydrogen bombs, death will still be after you. And what is death but an absence of life? That is all it can ever be.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Fates Worse Than Death, 1991
She looked upon the human condition, I think, as not satisfactory – as unacceptable, notwithstanding that we are in it whether we accept it or not.
From A World Lost by Wendell Berry
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They had never seen animals behave like this before, and this sudden uprising of creatures whom they were used to thrashing and maltreating just as they chose, frightened them almost out of their wits.
-by George Orwell, Animal Farm