Terry Pratchett – The Colour of Magic

Some pirates achieve immortality by great deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great wealth. But the captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying.


Terry Pratchett


Lucianus – Dialogue between Charon and Menippos

Ἀπόδος͵ ὦ κατάρατε͵ τὰ πορθμεῖα.
Βόα͵ εἰ τοῦτό σοι͵ ὦ Χάρων͵ ἥδιον.
Ἀπόδος͵ φημί͵ ἀνθ΄ ὧν σε διεπορθμεύσαμεν.
Οὐκ ἂν λάβοις παρὰ τοῦ μὴ ἔχοντος.
Ἔστι δέ τις ὀβολὸν μὴ ἔχων;
Εἰ μὲν καὶ ἄλλος τις οὐκ οἶδα͵ ἐγὼ δ΄ οὐκ ἔχω.
And an English translation of mine:
Give me, oh cursed one, the fair
Tell me, oh Charon, is that your trait?
Hand it over, I tell you, the obol* of your passage
“Thou shalt not receive from one of no possessions”
Is there a man of no possessions?
I’m not aware of the existence of another, I -for one- haven’t any
obol = ancient greek currency unit

Frank Herbert – Dune

What had the Lady Jessica to sustain her in her time of trial? Think you carefully on this Bene Gesserit proverb and perhaps you will see: “Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere. Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.”
-from “Muad’Dib: Family Commentaries” by the Princess Irulan

Sheakspear – The Merchant Of Venice

Why, I am sure, if he forfeit, thou wilt not take
his flesh: what’s that good for?
To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else,
it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and
hindered me half a million; laughed at my losses,
mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my
bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine
enemies; and what’s his reason? I am a Jew. Hath
not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian,
what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian
wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you
teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
will better the instruction.