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Volume 075


Quotations From The Master of Adventure
Part I
Compiled by India B. Grow

Carl Sagan -- Cosmos 
I can remember as a child reading with breathless fascination the Mars novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs.... I can remember spending many an hour in my boyhood, arms resolutely outstretched in an empty field, imploring what I believed to be Mars to transport me there. 
The Mucker/part 1/The Typhoon
Again she saw the light leap to the man's eyes -- the light of a love that would not be denied much longer other than through the agency of a mighty will.  Love, she thought it; but the eye-light of love and lust are twin lights between which it takes much worldly wisdom to differentiate, and Barbara Harding was not worldly-wise in the ways of sin.
Savage Pellucidar/Part 1/Chapter IV
Also she was undeniably beautiful.  The fact that she knew it detracted nothing from her charm.  She would have been a fool if she hadn't known it, and a hypocrite if she had pretended that she did not know that she was beautiful.
Tarzan of the Apes, The Search Party
Anger and hate against one we love steels our hearts, but contempt or pity leaves us silent and ashamed.
A Princess of Mars, Chapter XIII
A warrior may change his metal, but not his heart.
Tarzan of the Apes, The Search Party
...but love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger...
The Eternal Lover, Part II, Into the Jungle
...but love is not logical, and when love saw and realized the imminence of its bereavement it cast logic to the winds...
Tarzan of the Apes, The Call of the Primitive
...but that little moment was lost now in the dim and distant past of things which were but can never be again, and with it the good intention had gone to join the impossible.
Curiosity is often a fatal poison.

Back to the Stone Age, Chapter IX
Do you know the shortest way when you cannot go in a straight line?
No, but when one does not know and cannot follow one's head, then oneshould always turn to the left and follow one's heart.

The Moon Maid, Part I, Prologue
... man has invented time to suit the limitations of his finite mind,
just as he has named another thing that he can neither explain nor
understand, space.
Tarzan the Magnificent. 
Gradually their tense nerves relaxed as there was no repetition of the cry that had alarmed them; and they returned to their normal pursuits, the women to their cooking, the men to the immemorial custom of the Lords of Creation -- to doing nothing.
Tarzan of the Apes, The Fear Phantom
He killed for food most often, but, being a man, he sometimes killed for pleasure, a thing which no other animal does; for it has remained for man alone among all creatures to kill senselessly and wantonly for the mere pleasure of inflicting suffering and death.
Pellucidar, Chapter III 
Hope thrives best in sunlight, and I am sure that it does not thrive at all in a fog.  But the instinct of self-preservation is stronger than hope.  It thrives, fortunately, upon nothing.  It takes root upon the brink of the grave, and blossoms in the jaws of death.

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