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by Dan Simmons

Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes in Hyperion

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

How long will the Bikura culture last before they're absorbed into modern colonial society or, more likely, are simply wiped out by circumstances? (1.166)

Do we dare ask the same question about our own society?

Quote #2

The more I learn, the less I understand. (1.361)

Sometimes education just complicates things. (Not here, of course. We make everything simpler and better.)

Quote #3

I now understand the need for faith—pure, blind, fly-in-the-face-of-reason faith—as a small life preserver in the wild and endless sea of a universe ruled by unfeeling laws and totally indifferent to the small, reasoning, beings that inhabit it. (1.647)

Father Duré sees religion as a way to cope with the feelings of futility and insignificance that come with simply being alive. Does it work for him?

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