True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.
I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.
The Critic as Artist
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.
Sensual passions are your first enemy. Your second is called discontent. Your third is hunger & thirst. Your fourth is called craving. Fifth is sloth & drowsiness. Sixth is called terror. Your seventh is uncertainty. Hypocrisy & stubbornness, your eighth.
And then, on September 11, 2001, the world fractured. It's beyond my skill as a writer to capture that day, and the days that would follow — the planes, like specters, vanishing into steel and glass; the slow-motion cascade of the towers crumbling into themselves; the ash-covered figures wandering the streets; the anguish and the fear. Nor do I pretend to understand the stark nihilism that drove the terrorists that day and that drives their brethren still. My powers of empathy, my ability to reach into another's heart, cannot penetrate the blank stares of those who would murder innocents with abstract, serene satisfaction.
But man's helplessness remains and along with it his longing for his father, and the gods. The gods retain their threefold task: they must exorcise the terrors of nature, they must reconcile men to the cruelty of Fate, particularly as it is shown in death, and they must compensate them for the sufferings and privations which a civilized life in common has imposed on them.
Martin Luther King
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Out of My Later Years
The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Sirens of Titan
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