Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons' Cover

by Dan Brown

Pocket Books, USA 2000

Here are lines I find meaningful after reading this novel for the second time:

  • All of us are cells with different purposes. And yet we are intertwined. Serving each other. Serving the whole.
  • Remembrance was a Buddhist philosopher’s trick… The presupposition that one once knew the answer created the mindset that the answer must exit… eliminating the crippling conception of hopelessness.
  • A church is more than mortar and stone. You cannot simply erase two thousand years of faith… any faith. You cannot crush faith simply by removing its earthly manifestations.
  • Pride and precedent cannot overshadow reason.
  • Nothing captured human interest like human tragedy.
  • Quite simply, the goal of terrorism is to create terror and fear. Fear undermines faith in the establishment. It weakens the enemy from within… causing unrest in the masses… Terrorism is not an expression of rage. Terrorism is a political weapon. Remove a government’s facade of infallability, and you remove its people’s faith.
  • And a promise to God is the most important promise of all. Never break a promise to God.
  • In the 1600s… English was one language the Vatican had not yet embraced… They considered English a polluted, free thinkers language for profane men like Chaucer and Shakespeare.
  • Iambic pentameter was a symmetrical meter… Five… for the Pythagoras and the pentagram. Two… for the duality of all things… Iambic pentameter, on account of its simplicity, was often called “pure verse” or “pure meter.” La lingua pura…
  • If it wasn’t painfully difficult, you did it wrong.
  • Christianity is filled with examples of sun worship… And yet according to the Bible, Christ was born in March, so what are we doing celebrating in the late December? December twenty-fifth… is the ancient pagan holiday of sol invictus – Unconquered Sun – coinciding with the winter solstice. It’s the wonderful time of the year when the sun returns, and the days start getting longer.
  • Conquering religions… often adopt existing holidays to make conversion less shocking. It’s called transmutation. It helps people acclimatize to the new faith. Worshippers keep the same holy dates, pray in the same sacred locations, use a similar symbology… and they simply substitute a different god.
  • Very little in any organized faith is truly original. Religions are not born from scratch. They grow from one another. Modern religion is a collage… an assimilated historical record of man’s quest to understand the divine.
  • When you’re a black woman… ain’t no hiding what you are. Day you try, is the day you die. Stand tall, smile bright, and let ’em wonder what secret’s making you laugh.
  • We all benefit from a sense of contact with divinity… even if it is only imagined.
  • Famous artists actually created very little of their own work. They ran studios where they trained young artists to carry out their designs.
  • So although you have the power to interfere and prevent the child’s pain, you would choose to show your love by letting him learn his own lessons? Pain is part of growing up. It’s how we learn.
  • Precision can be suffocating.
  • Intense situations could unite two people in ways that decades together often did not.
  • Valour without expertise was suicide. There were rules of survival. Ancient rules.
  • Never interrogate before you disable your prey. A cornered enemy is a deadly enemy.
  • The lone dove is the pagan symbol for the Angel of Peace.
  • Some causes are worth dying for.
  • Sometimes, divine revelation simply means adjusting your brain to hear what your heart already knows.
  • It is God who gave us reason and circumspection! It is God we serve by exercising prudence!
  • Doubt is your last shred of control. It is doubt that brings souls to you. Our need to know that life has meaning. Man’s insecurity and need for an enlightened soul assuring him everything is part of a master plan.
  • What are you afraid of? That God will show himself somewhere other than inside these walls? That people will find him in their own lives and leave your antiquated rituals behind?
  • The mind finds answers, the heart grapples with new truths.
  • Our minds sometimes see what our hearts wish were true.
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