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Fictional Wisdom

Valluable insights from cheap books.
"I listen to the silence and feel the silence listening to me."- Odd Thomas  p.1

"The jpys of life can be found anywhere.  Far places ony offer exzotic ways to suffer." - Odd Thomas. p,.7

'The  heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs it, leaving on the canvass a less dark, less sharp version of the truth." Odd Thomas.,p.8 *

"The heart cannot flourish on  logic alone."- Odd Thomas/ p.38

"...every mind is a kingdom of unmapped mysteries..." Odd Thomas. p.61.

"It (the answer to the important question) is no good if i give it to you.  you'll resist it and waste years looking for an answer that pleases you more.  When you arrive at it on your own, however, you'll be convinced by it." .... "you already know the answer and always have; you don't have to discover it so much as recognize it." - Ozzie Boone. p.75.

"The less depth a belief system has, the greater the fervor with which its adherents embrace it.  The most vociferous, the most fanatical are those whose cobbled faith is founded on the shakiest of grounds." - Odd Thomas, p. 203

"If we rely upon the tao with which we're born, we always know what is the right thing to do in any situation., the good thing...for our souls.  We are tempted from the tao by self interest...." Odd Thomas, p.306

"What sucks the worst is....this world was a gift to us, anf we brole it, amd part of the deal is that if we want things right, we have to fix it ourselve.  But we can't.  We try but we cam't"   "I started  tp cry..."  Odd Thomas. p.350.

"Voodooists believe that the human spirit has two parts.

"The first is the gros bon ange, ''the big good angel.'  the life force that all beings share, that animates them.  The gros bon ange enters the body at conception and, at the death of the body, returns at once to God, from whom it originated.

"The second is the ti bon ange, 'the little good angel.'  This is the essence of  the person, the portrait of the individual, the sum of his life choices, actions and beliefs.

"At death, because sometimes it wanders and delays in its journey to its eternal home, the ti bon ange is vulnerable.......
".... I draw no conclustions from the meanings of these exotic words.  I define tthem here only for your education."  Odd Thomas, pp. 356-7

From Foever Odd , by Dean Koontz, 2005


* IMO.  Or perhaps it is the  mind that is deeply disturbed and the heart that draws the more accurate.  All i can say is that the two pictures are often very different.

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nerthus
Nov. 5th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
I love the Odd Thomas novels, and the homilies he presents really do make the character and provide an almost startling contrast to the eerie/evil reality he inhabits in each book.
bobby1933
Nov. 6th, 2016 02:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, l'm with you. I've heard some people say they like Dean Koontz but dislike Odd Thomas. I'm just the opposite. Odd Apocalypse is on my short reading list, ans someday i will read Brother Odd/
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