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The Rationale Behind This

For quite some time now, quotes have quote-unquote been all the rage here at IISER Pune. Ask someone from the veteran batches and they'll inform you of the #SensationalQuotesByFraandz movement and its derivatives that did all the rounds on social media. If anything, IISERites have taken the sport of quoting (and mis-quoting), and elevated it to pop-art, creating a cultural phenomenon that captures the angsty, young adult zeitgeist in all its flawed, revealing beauty.

But as compelling as that may be, there's something beyond that as well. If brevity is the soul of wit, then quotes are the brevity of the soul. They often serve as mirrors in the individual condition, a gold mine for all the outward flourishes of the heart. And that's what we strive to potray here, a glimpse of what makes us tick, what makes us human, what makes us... us.

Which means we turn to you, in a community-driven process to supply us with material in order for us sift through it, and then beam it back straight and true, with hopefully a few epiphanies thrown in.

If you have a quote you'd like to share, you could do so by accessing this form here.

"No, neither is that an Auto Answer quill nor does that inkpot contain self-correcting ink"
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The Dramatic

" The path of the righteous is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good-will shephers the weak through the valley of darkness for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children.
And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger, those who threaten to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon Thee."

(Surya Banerjee BS-MS), Ezekiel 25:17, Pulp Fiction

" I will love you as misfortune loves orphans, as fire loves innocence, and as justice loves to sit and watch while everything goes wrong."

(Saismit Naik BS-MS), Lemony Snicket

" It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of Hope, it was the winter of Despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way –
in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

(Sagnik Ghosh BS-MS), A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

" While the light lasts I shall remember, and in the darkness I shall not forget"

(Farhan Amin PhD), While The Light Lasts, Agatha Christie


The Overwrought

"-To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying.... nothing."

(Koustav Halder BS-MS), Macbeth (Act V, Sc. V), Shakespeare

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The Funny Boned

"*Some superficial words with permutation to make sense *."

(Snigdha Samantaray BS-MS), Original

" Procastination is the Art of keeping up with yesterday."

(Sahana Narasimha BS-MS), Don Marquis

C'est la vie !

" Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat."

(Simantini Paul BS-MS), The Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

"-What is essential is invisible to the eye."

(Aditya Khanna BS-MS), The Little Prince

" There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

(Pawan Gupta BS-MS), Albert Einstein

" In spite of everything, I believe that people are good at heart. "

(Sriram Raghunath BS-MS), The Diary Of A Young Girl, Anne Frank

" It is not the literal past that rules us, it is the images of the past often highly structured and selective like myths."

(Mrugank Dake IISER Tirupati), Bluebeard's Castle, George Steiner

The Joy Between The Pages

"...the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again. That is their mystery and magic."

(Durgesh Ajgaonkar BS-MS), The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

" Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."

(Sayantani Choudhury BS-MS), Robert Frost

Pen Nib
" If you are a dreamer
a wisher
a liar
A hoper
a pray-er
a magic-bean-buyer
If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in! 
Come in! "

(Vruta Gupte BS-MS), Where The Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

" The person be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

(Mansi Budamgunta BS-MS), Jane Austen


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