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Ponyets! They sent you?
Pure chance, said Ponyets, bitterly, or the work of my own personal malevolent demon.
Korell is that frequent phenomenon in history: the republic whose ruler has every attribute of the absolute monarch but the name. It therefore enjoyed the usual despotism unrestrained even by those two moderating influences in the legitimate monarchies: regal honor and court etiquette.
Is not all this an extraordinary concatenation of coincidence?
Pelorat said, If you list it like that—
List it any way you please, said Trevize. I don't believe in extraordinary concatenations of coincidence.
There's something about a pious man such as he. He will cheerfully cut your throat if it suits him, but he will hesitate to endanger the welfare of your immaterial and problematical soul.
Well, then, arrest him. You can accuse him of something or other afterward.
He believes in that mummery a good deal less than I do, and I don't believe in it at all.
For it is the chief characteristic of the religion of science, that it works, and that such curses as that of Aporat's are really deadly.
That insufferable, dull-witted donkey! That—
Hardin broke in: Not at all. He's merely the product of his environment. He doesn't understand much except that 'I got a gun and you ain't.'
Remarkable what a fragile flower romance is. A gun with a nervous operator behind it can spoil the whole thing.
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Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration.
October 4, 1919
April 6, 1992
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