"'Tis a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and neber get to see any of it. I don't want to be most of us."
"You can maintain power over people as long as you give them something. Rob a man of everything and that man will no longer be in your pocket."
"A true suicide is a paced, disciplined certainty. People pontificate, “Suicide is a coward’s act.” Couldn’t be further from the truth. Suicide takes tremendous courage."
— Cloud Atlas
"The public is more familiar with bad design than good design. It is, in effect conditioned to prefer bad design, because that is what it lives with. The new becomes threatening, the old reassuring."