Child is born to earth parents while they were on a mission to Mars, and is brought up by Martians. Decades later another Mars mission brings Valentine Michael Smith, now a full grown man, back to earth. Culture shock. Earth customs and values are alien to the human returned to Earth. While... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Child is born to earth parents while they were on a mission to Mars, and is brought up by Martians. Decades later another Mars mission brings Valentine Michael Smith, now a full grown man, back to earth. Culture shock. Earth customs and values are alien to the human returned to Earth. While the politicians, voyeurs, and fortune seekers try to take advantage of the naive young man, he tries to make sense ( grok ) the cultures he encounters.
“Love is that condition under which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”Jubal Harshaw
“I've found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts... because it's the only thing that'll make it stop hurting.”Valentine Michael Smith
“I looked at a cagefull of monkeys and suddenly I saw all the mean and cruel and utterly unexplainable things I've seen and heard and read about in the time I've been with my own people - and suddenly it hurt so much I found myself laughing.”Valentine Michael Smith
“But find me something that makes you laugh sweetheart... a joke, anything - but something that gave you a belly laugh, not a smile. Then we'll see there isn't wrongness somewhere and wether you would laugh if the wrongness wasn't there.”Valentine Michael Smith
“I had thought - I had been told - that a 'funny' thing is a thing of goodness. it isn't. Not ever is it funny to the person it happenes to. The goodness is in the laughing. I grok it is s bravery... and a sharing... against pain and sorrow and defeat.”Valentine Michael Smith
“Then why are there so many jokes about death? Jill, with us - us humans - death is so sad that we must laugh at it. All those religions - they contradict each other on every other point but each one is filled with to help people be brave to laugh even though they knew they were dying. Jill? Is is possible that I was searching them in the wrong way? Could it be that every one of all religions is true?”Valentine Michael Smith
“Anybody can see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl she used to be. A great artist can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is... and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be... more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo see that this lovely young girl is still alive, prisoned inside her ruiner body.”Jubal Harshaw
“But goodness alone is never enough. A hard, cold wisdom is required for goodness to accomplish good. Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil.”Valentine Michael Smith
“What the self-styled modern artists are doing is a sort of pseudo-intellectual masturbation...whereas creative art is more like intercourse, in which the artist must seduce - render emotional - his audience, each time.”Jubal Harshaw
“Most of these jokers don't even want to use language you and I know or can learn...they would rather sneer at us and be smug, because we 'fail' to see what they are driving at. If indeed they are driving at anything - obscurity is usually the refuge of incompetence.”Jubal Harshaw
“Thou art God.”Valentine Michael Smith
“May you never thirst.”Valentine Michael Smith
“I grok.”Valentine Michael Smith
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