The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Meaningful lines from

Vintage Books, USA 2003

  • … I liked maths because it was safe… it meant solving problems, and these problems were difficult and interesting but there was always a straightforward answer at the end.
  • The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
  • … feeling sad about something that isn’t real and doesn’t exist… that would be stupid.
  • But in life you have to take lots of decisions and if you don’t take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your time choosing between things you could do. So it is good to have a reason why you hate some things and you like others.
  • Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem – No more things should be presumed to exist than are absolutely necessary.
  • Lots of things are mysteries. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t an answer to them.
  • … sometimes things are so complicated that it is impossible to predict what they are going to do next…
  • I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty.
  • … when you look at the sky you know you are looking at stars which are hundreds and thousands of light-years away from you. And some of the stars don’t even exist anymore because their light has taken so long to get to us that they are already dead… And that makes you seem very small, and if you have difficult things in your life it is nice to think that they are what is called negligible, which means that they are so small you don’t have to take them into account when you are calculating something.

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