“And if there are those influences…”

“And if there are those influences, I believe that man has grown enough in awareness today to be able to contact them without ritual or formula of belief, if they chance to move or look his way.  I think of them like sleepy tigers, Glenn, that mostly purr and dream and look at us through slitted eyes, but occasionally – perhaps when a man gets a hint of them – open their eyes to the full and stalk in his direction.  When a man becomes ripe for them, when he’s produced the possibility of them, and then when he’s closed his ears to the protective mechanically-augmented chatter of humanity, they make themselves known to him.”
–Franz Kinzman
A Bit of the Dark World
written by Fritz Leiber

This is one in a series of quotations.

I’ve been working, from time to time, on a book of quotations for many years.  I call it, “The Mind Boggles”, from one of my favorite quotations.  I do source quotations a bit differently from a lot of people.  In the case of a work of a fiction, I consider that the character said the line…not the author.  As a bit of an author myself (in a minor way), I can tell you…my characters definitely say things that I would never say.  These are all quotations that I’ve collected myself: I’ve read the book, seen the TV episode, and so on.

Hope you enjoy them!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

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