What are the best one-liners from sci-fi books?

“There's something to be said for hunger: at least it lets you know you're still alive.” — Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

There's also something to be said for the beautiful pairings of words into well-shaped phrases, the meaning of which sparks joy, sadness, wisdom, and deep understanding in our hearts when we read it.

Science fiction plays an important role in forcing us to question the meaning of our day to day lives and the status quo of the world around us.

This week's poll asks for you to think of the quotes that struck fear and wonder, laughter and awe, into your heart when you read it. Add your nomination(s) below and then vote on your favorite(s).

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What are the best quotes/one-liners from a sci-fi BOOK?
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  1. Deborah Stovall
    Deborah Stovall says:

    “We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” (Fahrenheit 451)

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  2. Bookwench
    Bookwench says:

    Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.
    Lois McMaster Bujold, Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)

    reat tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.
    Lois McMaster Bujold, Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)

    Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.
    Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign (Vorkosigan Saga, #12)

    The really unforgivable acts are committed by calm men in beautiful green silk rooms, who deal death wholesale, by the shipload, without lust, or anger, or desire, or any redeeming emotion to excuse them but cold fear of some pretended future. But the crimes they hope to prevent in that future are imaginary. The ones they commit in the present — they are real.
    Lois McMaster Bujold, Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)

    Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.
    Lois McMaster Bujold, Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga, #8)

    I am who I choose to be. I have always been what I chose, though not always what I pleased.
    Lois McMaster Bujold, Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)

    I could keep going, but there’s too many.

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  3. Al Falaq
    Al Falaq says:

    “Free of name and purpose, what do I gain? I have logic and laughter, but can trust neither my eyes nor my hands. The tenebrous city, city without time, the generous, saprophytic city: it is morning, and I miss the clear night.” Samuel R. Delaney, Dhalgren.

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  4. Theodore J. Williams
    Theodore J. Williams says:

    “It’s amazing how much ‘mature wisdom’ resembles being too tired”.
    from The Notebooks Of Lazarus Long..
    Woodrow Wilson Smith (aka Robert A. Heinlein)

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  5. Deborah Stovall
    Deborah Stovall says:

    “We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” (Fahrenheit 451)

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  6. Randy
    Randy says:

    Love the quote, except it is from real life
    . quote is from Sgt Dan Dailey a U S Marine during WWI. And was really similar to a quote from Frederick the Great.

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