„And just like this, all of a sudden, your people and mine will begin to talk?" "It only looks sudden from some places. Running off a cliff is sudden if you don't know it's there, even if you have been running toward it for days." "That's not a reassuring metaphor.“

—  Барнс, Джон Аллен, книга Earth Made of Glass, Earth Made of Glass (1998), "It isn't meant to be."
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