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    It's a shame, sort of a waste, that most people are influenced by what the newspaper supplements tell them is the book they are meant to be seen reading this year. It seems like those people aren't really interested in books. If you're really into books, you havoc all over the place picking up disparate stuff which you devour hungrily, and the "selection' process is more like a sixth sense hunger, a billion miles away from fashion.
    — Steve Aylett
    Stab me if you can enjoy it - but not if it feels like a duty. Stab me vertically if I'm lying down and horizontally if I'm running
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: running  lying 
     
    Fractal litigation, whereby the flapping of a butterfly's wings on one side of the world resulted in a massive compensation claim on the other.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: world  wings 
     
    Biting enemies seems to be acceptable in a surprisingly narrow range of circumstances, or so a ninja shouted at me once
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: enemies  enemy 
     
    I knew books could see people around them, they ground their tiny teeth, tried to rattle like windows, stories to tell.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: people  stories  book 
     
    A society will manufacture an image of progress and locate it in the direction it wishes to take us.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: society  progress  wishes 
     
    A sniper is like a genius - it's not enough to be one, you have to be one at something.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: genius 
     
    The great thing about being ignored is that you can speak the truth with impunity.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: truth 
     
    Dreams always end before you kill the last person.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: people  dreams 
     
    Satire works in a bunch of specific ways, like a very precisely-geared bomb. It's a bit like something that looks harmless, and you swallow it, but once it's inside you it's too late, and it triggers, blowing up. And it's your specific inner beliefs and faulty arguments that trigger a satire bomb. If your arguments work, the bomb doesn't trigger, it doesn't need to.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: belief  work  satire 
     
    The optimist sees the future as a rabbit sees the oncoming truck - getting bigger, not closer.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: future 
     
    Honesty is the voice that is acceptable in every matter.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: honesty 
     
    We have truth in order not to die of art.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: truth  die 
     
    The most amusing thing about a pantomime horse is the necessity of having to shoot it twice.
    — Steve Aylett
    Originality irritates so obscurely that people may have to evolve to scratch it.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: people 
     
    Gun stripping is the tea ceremony of America.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: america 
     
    One golfer a year is hit by lightning. This may be the only evidence we have of God's existence.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: existence  god  year 
     
    One thing you'll say for skeletons, they'll always give you a smile.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: smile 
     
    How many times does a man have to shave before his chin gets the message?
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: time  men 
     
    What's life in this nation? Collect emptiness in a household of cornflakes. Transient fuel gobbles attention, the television aches, the truth walks. Scheme worms welcome your corpse, trap clicks and you're in heaven, bored rigid
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: truth  attention  heaven 
     
    Sanity's a virginity of the mind
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: mind 
     
    He has been positively growing tusks trying to create a breed of human insect which will continue to live on this accursed planet. Everyone needs a goal.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: live  human  goal 
     
    Scientists used to do an experiment whereby a dog's repeated reward for performing a task was unaccountably replaced by punishment. The dog, knowing it would be penalized for doing well or doing badly, would become melancholic and inactive. This and other unforeseeable results were funded by taxing up to sixty percent of people's earnings. People became strangely melancholic and inactive
    — Steve Aylett
    In America, fundamentalist Christians believe the world was created 6,000 years ago - in England people drink in bars that are older than that.
    — Steve Aylett
    A hundred percent of marriages end in divorce, disappearance or death.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: death  marriage  divorce 
     
    The law is where reality goes to die.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: reality  law  die 
     
    Most books are so well written they barely have any effect on the reader's senses
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: book 
     
    Ideas are self-replenishing, like snot
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: ideas 
     
    Hang up the phone on a vampire, the definition of carefree.
    — Steve Aylett
    The best way of getting into something is to think of it as mischief.
    — Steve Aylett
    A key and a strangler - this is all a simple tale requires.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: key 
     
    Since childhood I'd been suspected of imagination
    — Steve Aylett
    What happens when the hitcher and the driver are equally murderous?
    — Steve Aylett
    From space this Earth is incandescent with abominations - the gods write their signature in our entrails
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: earth  space  god  write 
     
    In books there's nothing of the fish covered in the coldness of the sea, or the feeling of a star touching space. Bad for business.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: star  space  bad  book  business 
     
    Let us forget the past - this is the only way to be genuinely surprised.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: past 
     
    An office is a machine for dying.
    — Steve Aylett
    tags: dying  machine 
     
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