From: "John Barach"
Subject: Re: (urth) What is your favorite quote of any work of Wolfe? Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 00:12:44 -0600 Here's one of my favourites: We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and burdens of military life -- they are soldiers from that moment, though they may know nothing of the management of arms. I did not know that then, but it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all (Shadow and Claw, p. 14). John http://katajohn.blogspot.com --