Quotes From "Quicksilver" By Neal Stephenson

The mysterious Enoch Root meets 8-year-old Benjamin Franklin, Boston, 1713: "Do I look like a schoolmaster to you?" "No, but you talk like one." "You know something of schoolmasters, do you?"" Yes, sir, " the boy says, faltering a bit as he sees the jaws of the trap swinging toward his leg. "Yet here it is the middle of Monday–" "The place was empty 'cause of the Hanging. I didn't want to stay and–" "And what?" "Get more ahead of the others than I was already." "If you are ahead, the correct thing is to get used to it–not to make yourself into an imbecile. Come, you belong in school. . Neal Stephenson
If money is a science, then it is a dark science...it has gone on developing...by its own rules Neal Stephenson
.. . if money is a science, then it is a dark science, darker than alchemy. It split away from Natural Philosophy millennia ago, and has gone on developing ever since, by its own rules. Neal Stephenson
I hate it when people talk like friendship is less than other kinds of - as though it's some kind of runner-up prize for people who can't have sex. R.J. Anderson
I don't know how to be anything but pretend, " I replied, and it ached in me how true that really was. "But if I could be real, I'd be real for you. R.J. Anderson
This is fantastically squalid, " said Milo. "We may never get out of here alive. R.J. Anderson
Most men would rather be shot through with a broad-headed arrow than be described by you. Neal Stephenson
You mentioned. .. one of the two great labyrinths into which the mind is drawn. What. .. is the other?"" The other is the composition of the continuum, or: what is space? Neal Stephenson
Talent is useful, but always keep your dagger sharp. Amanda Quick
The Bibliotheque du Roi then gives you the closest thing that currently exists to God's understanding of the world."" And yet with a bigger library we could come ever so much closer. Neal Stephenson
This is one of the two great labyrinths into which human minds are drawn: the question of free will versus predestination. Neal Stephenson