Seems to Steel that we've never had this kind of thread, only movies, books etc. One book Steel returns to at least once a year is Cormac McCarthy's great work, Blood Meridian, which has these gems from The Judge (and in the second passage, his tete a tete with The Kid: First Quote: “The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down. The rain will erode the deeds of his life. But that man who sets himself the task of singling out the thread of order from the tapestry will by the decision alone have taken charge of the world and it is only by such taking charge that he will effect a way to dictate the terms of his own fate.” Second Quote: "I tell you this. As war becomes dishonored and its nobility called into question those honorable men who recognize the sanctity of blood will become excluded from the dance, which is the warrior’s right, and thereby will the dance become a false dance and the dancers false dancers. And yet there will be one there always who is a true dancer and can you guess who that might be?" "You ain’t nothin." "You speak truer than you know. But I will tell you. Only that man who has offered up himself entire to the blood of war, who has been to the floor of the pit and seen horror in the round and learned at last that it speaks to his inmost heart, only that man can dance." "Even a dumb animal can dance." "The judge set the bottle on the bar. Hear me, man, he said. There is room on the stage for one beast and one alone. All others are destined for a night that is eternal and without name. One by one they will step down into the darkness before the footlamps. Bears that dance, bears that don't." Steel has often pondered the meaning of both these passages, without much being resolved. Instead, it just sits there with Steel. Cormac McCarthy is a national treasure.