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She came to admire him so much that his love for her affected her own self-esteem: She liked herself better because of him.

Part I, 'The Message', Chapter 9, 'The Numinous'

Every government that prepares for war paints its adversaries as monsters, she said. “They don’t want you thinking of the other side as human. If the enemy can think and feel, you might hesitate to kill them. And killing is very important. Better to see them as monsters.”

…there was something unmistakably attractive about them. They were excellent at what they did and, especially in the discovery process, were utterly absorbed in their work.

Part I, 'The Message', Chapter 4, 'Prime Numbers'

If we like them, they’re freedom fighters, she thought. If we don’t like them, they’re terrorists. In the unlikely case we can’t make up our minds, they’re temporarily only guerrillas.

There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That’s perfectly all right; they’re the aperture to finding out what’s right.