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    The mountains and moors, the wild uplands, are to be staked out like vampires in the sun, their chests pierced with rows of five-hundred-foot wind turbines and associated access roads, masts, pylons, and wires.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: wild  vampire 
     
    A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest. I think that kind of thing is an abuse of history.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: men  abuse 
     
    It's always hard for an author to determine his own intentions, especially in retrospect.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: author 
     
    The world we are in today is likely to end catastrophically, as many other human worlds have done before.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: world  human 
     
    I do think that the legacy of the Norman conquest is still strong in Britain. Our hereditary monarchy, our established church, our ancient county structures, though hollowed out in many ways, are a direct result of what happened in 1066.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: strong  church 
     
    Certainly our cultural fallback position seems to be that our technologies will get us out of everything they have got us into. That looks like a magical thinking to me, but we don't really have a better idea.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    I think we take the history we want to take in order to back up the stories we want to hear.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: stories 
     
    Еhere's no doubt at all that the Norman conquest led to the hugely concentrated land ownership patterns that we still see in Britain today. Some of Britain's biggest landowners are still direct descendants of Norman barons. And given the impact that Britain has had on the world over the past few hundred years, you could perhaps say this was a global issue. History is always with us.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: past  world  doubt  year 
     
    Hope, like despair, is something of a distraction: it gets in the way of a clear view of the horizon.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: despair  hope 
     
    In most novels, the landscape, or the place, in which the story takes part is simply a backdrop to the human action.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: action  human  novel  stories 
     
    We enjoy telling ourselves that we will soon be gods, masters of the planet, manipulating the genes of living creatures and rebuilding the world at a nano-level as we lie back in our hammocks, attended by our robot servants. I don't believe a word of it, and I'm not sure many of us do.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: living  world  believe  lies  master  god 
     
    We like to think that the fate of the Earth and the fate of human worlds are the same thing, but we're not as important as that.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: fate  world  human  earth 
     
    "Romanticizing the past" is a familiar accusation, made mostly by people who think it is more grown-up to romanticize the future.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
    tags: people  future 
     
    I'm increasingly attracted by the idea that there can be at least small pockets where life and character and beauty and meaning continue. If I could help protect one of those from destruction, maybe that would be enough. Maybe it would be more than most people do.
    — Paul Kingsnorth
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