Qiu Xiaolong quotes

  • Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.

  • Travel breaks down a kind of inner structure we have. Stripped of our props, deprived of our masks, we are completely on the surface of ourselves.

  • The Patriot wears that mask EVERYWHERE! Even in the shower!

  • ...because when people have seen you at their worst, you don't have to put on the mask as much.

  • In a deep metaphysical sense, all that is conditioned is illusory. All phenomena are literally 'appearances,' the outer masks in which the One Reality shows itself forth in our changing universe. The more 'material' and solid the appearance, the further is it from reality, and therefore the more illusory it is.

  • The Liberal State is a mask behind which there is no face; it is a scaffolding behind which there is no building.

  • Men take more pains to mask than mend.

  • It doesn't ever occur to you, as you fashion your mask so carefully, that it will grow into your skin and graft itself, come to seem irremovable.

  • What masks are these uniforms to hide cowards!

  • The ceding of Alsace-Lorraine is nothing but war in perpetuity under the mask of peace.