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Author of numerous bestselling novels. His novels have been translated and published in more than 40 languages around the world.
Graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he spent time as an English teacher before turning his efforts fully to writing.
Father is a math professor and mother is a musician.
Wife Blythe is an art historian and painter.
His bestseller The Da Vinci Code, while his first runaway hit, and the first to be adapted into a film, is actually the second book in which Robert Langdon appears. The first is Angels and Demons.
Was #10 on the annual Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 list in 2006
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year to be $10 million.
"The Lost Symbol" is the first of his books not to start with a murder.
That is the definition of faith - acceptance of that which we imagine to,be true, that which we cannot prove.
Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods & Goddesses. Today,we live in a world solely of gods. Women in most cultures have been,stripped of their spiritual power.
I consider myself a student of many religions. The more I learn, the,more questions I have. For me, the spiritual quest will be a life-long,work.
[on one his writing procedures] Hanging upside down can really make you,think in different ways.
The only difference between you and God is that you have forgotten you are divine.
…In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.
Whether or not you believe in God, you must believe this: when we as a species abandon our trust in a power greater than us, we abandon our sense of accountability. Faiths… all faiths… are admonitions that there is something we cannot understand, something to which we are accountable. With faith we are accountable to each other, to ourselves, and to a higher truth. Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. The church consists of a brotherhood of imperfect, simple souls wanting only to be a voice of compassion in a world spinning out of control.
Every faith in the world is based on fabrication. That is the definition of faith―acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Every religion describes God through metaphor, allegory, and exaggeration, from the early Egyptians through modern Sunday school. Metaphors are a way to help our minds process the unprocessible. The problems arise when we begin to believe literally in our own metaphors. Should we wave a flag and tell the Buddhists that we have proof the Buddha did not come from a lotus blossom? Or that Jesus was not born of a literal virgin birth? Those who truly understand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical.
God is found in the collection of Manyrather than in the One.
It has always been this way. Death is followed by birth. To reach paradise, man must pass through inferno. - Bertrand Zobrist,Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.
Faith ― acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.
Buddha had said:"Each of us is a God. Each of us knows all. We need only open our minds to hear our own wisdom.
Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.
Religion is like language or dress. We gravitate toward the practices with which we were raised. In the end, though, we are all proclaiming the same thing. That life has meaning. That we are grateful for the power that created us.
Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed.
It seemed there was always a close correlation between true believers and high body counts.
The power of human thought grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought.
Knowledge grows exponentially. The more we know, the greater our ability to learn, and the faster we expand our knowledge base.
Knowledge is a tool, and like all tools, its impact is in the hands of the user.
Darkness feeds on apathy.
Knowledge is power, and the right knowledge lets man perform miraculous, almost godlike tasks.
…Our sunsets have been reduced to wavelengths and frequencies. The complexities of the universe have been shredded into mathematical equations. Even our self-worth as human beings has been destroyed.
The key to our scientific future,. . . . is hidden in our past,Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.
The most dangerous enemy is that which no one fears.
Nothing is more creative. . . nor destructive. . . than a brilliant mind with a purpose.
Langdon turned to Sophie. "Who is that? What. . . happened?"Teabing hobbled over. "You were rescued by a knight brandishing an Excalibur made by Acme Orthopedic.
Remember death. Even for those who wield great power, life is brief. There is only one way to triumph over death, and that is by making our lives masterpieces. We must seize every opportunity to show kindness and to love fully.
History, if it has taught us anything at all, has taught us that the strange ideas we deride today will one day be our celebrated truths.
The measure of your faith is the measure of the pain you can endure.
Outside the window, a bank of clouds appeared on the horizon, inching slowly across the sky, finally slipping across the Moon and blocking out its radiant light. As he clicked off his overhead light, he turned his eyes one last time to the heavens. Outside, in the newly fallen darkness, the world had been transformed. The sky had become a glistening tapestry of stars.
Forgive them, you might say, for they know not what they do. But there comes a moment in history when ignorance is no longer a forgivable offense, a moment when only wisdom has the power to absolve.
She lay outside in the courtyard, staring up at the raindrops… feeling them hit her body… trying to guess where one would land next. The nuns called again, threatening that pneumonia might make an insufferably headstrong child a lot less curious about nature.
Isn’t antimatter what fuels the U. S. S. Enterprise?,God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.
I love the gray area between right and wrong.
Symbols,” Langdon said, “in no way confirm the presence of their original creators.
Leonardo believed his research had thepotential to convert millions to a more spiritual life. Last year he categorically proved the existence ofan energy force that unites us all. He actually demonstrated that we are all physically connected… thatthe molecules in your body are intertwined with the molecules in mine… that there is a single forcemoving within all of us. ” Langdon felt disconcerted. And the power of God shall unite us all. “Mr. Vetra actually found a wayto demonstrate that particles are connected?”“Conclusive evidence. A recent Scientific American article hailed New Physics as a surer path to Godthan religion itself.
The more man learned, the more he realized he did not know.
As a scientist I have come to learn that information isonly as valuable as its source.
God created… light anddark, heaven and hell—science claims the same thing as religion, that the Big Bang createdeverything in the universe with an opposite. “Including matter itself, antimatter,I am the shade. Through the dolent city, i flee. Through the eternal woe, i take flight. .
Since the beginning of time, the ignorant have always screamed the loudest. . . They celebrated their intolerance as proof of their convictions. Now after all these years, mankind had finally managed to utterly erode everything that had once been so beautiful about Jesus.
In the words of Lynne McTaggart: "Living consciousness somehow is the influence that turns the possibility of something into something real. The most essential ingredient in creating our universe is the consciousness that observes it.
Good science fiction has its roots in good science.
When a question has no correct answer, there is only one honest response. The gray area between yes and no. Silence.
You can point to the alleged miracles of the Bible, or any other religious text, but they are nothing but old stories fabricated by man and then exaggerated over time.
Matter,” Vittoria repeated. “Blossoming out of nothing. An incredible display of subatomic fireworks. A miniature universe springing to life. He proved not only that matter can be created from nothing, but that the Big Bang and Genesis can be explained simply by accepting the presence of an enormous source of energy. ”“You mean God?” Kohler demanded. “God, Buddha, The Force, Yahweh, the singularity, the unicity point—call it whatever you like—the result is the same. Science and religion support the same truth—pure energy is the father of creation.
emotionless tone hurting as much as the news,He had been haunted his whole life by a mildcase of claustrophobia—the vestige of a childhood incident he had never quite overcome. Langdon’s aversion to closed spaces was by no means debilitating, but it had always frustrated him. It manifested itself in subtle ways. He avoided enclosed sports like racquetball or squash, and he hadgladly paid a small fortune for his airy, high-ceilinged Victorian home even though economical facultyhousing was readily available. Langdon had often suspected his attraction to the art world as a youngboy sprang from his love of museums’ wide open spaces.
You’re telling me that CERN dugout millions of tons of earth just to smash tiny particles?”Kohler shrugged. “Sometimes to find truth, one must move mountains.
He warned that any church that ignored reality would not survive to enjoy the divine.
. . . Understanding as had the ancients that angels and demons were identical- interchangeable archetypes- all a matter of polarity: the guardian angel who conquered your enemy in battle was perceived by your enemy as a demon destroyer. . .
It is said that in death, all things become clear.
Where we come from. . . is not nearly as startling as where we are going.
Many hands make light work.
I’m relieved to seethat even brilliant physicists make mistakes. ”Kohler looked over. “What do you mean?”“Whoever wrote that note made a mistake. That column isn’t Ionic. Ionic columns are uniform in width. That one’s tapered. It’s Doric—the Greek counterpart. A common mistake. ”Kohler did not smile. “The author meant it as a joke, Mr. Langdon. Ionic means containing ions—electrically charged particles. Most objects contain them.
Nothing captures human interest more than human tragedy.
Secrets,” Kohler finally said, “are a luxury we can no longer afford.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will guard the guards?,how can it be that the modern human mind is capable of precise logical analysis, and yet simultaneously permits us to accept religious beliefs that should crumble beneath even the slightest rational scrutiny?,Energetically speaking, antimatter is the mirror image of matter, so the two instantly cancel each other out if they come in contact. Keeping antimatter isolated from matter is a challenge, of course, because everything on earth is made of matter. The samples have to be stored without ever touching anything at all—even air.
the Z-particle Pure energy—no mass at all. It may well be thesmallest building block in nature. Matter is nothing but trapped energy.
Leonardo believed his research had thepotential to convert millions to a more spiritual life. Last year he categorically proved the existence ofan energy force that unites us all. He actually demonstrated that we are all physically connected… that the molecules in your body are intertwined with the molecules in mine… that there is a single force moving within all of us.
One square yard of drag will slow a falling body almost twenty percent.
Madness breeds madness.
Book publishing would be so much easier without the authors.
Oftentimes, those special brains, the ones that are capable of focusing more intently than others, do so at the expense of emotional maturity,The media is the right arm of anarchy.
No love is greater than that of a father for His son.
The Pentacle - The ancients envisioned their world in two halves - masculine and feminine. Their gods and goddesses worked to keep a balance of power. Yin and Yang. When male and female were balanced, there was harmony in the world. When they were unbalanced there was chaos.
We were at sixty thousand feet. You’re thirty percent lighter upthere.
If antimatter and matter make contact, both are destroyedinstantly. Physicists call the process ‘annihilation.
How do you feel?”He rubbed his stomach. “Like I’ve been eating Styrofoam.
So long as they speak your name, you shall never die.
PHI is one H of a lot cooler than PI!,Death is only a byproduct of terrorism.
hoped to prove that science and religion are two totally compatible fields—two different approaches to finding the same truth.
. . . [T]he other lesson history has taught us - that tyranny and oppression are no match for compassion . . . that the fanatical shouts of the bullies of the world are invariably silenced by the unified voices of decency that rise up to meet them.
Everything does fall. It must be gravity.
The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven. The Bible is the product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. Man created it as a historical record of tumultuous times, and it has evolved through countless translations, additions, and revisions. History has never had a definitive version of the book.
Well, you know, in any novel you would hope that the hero has someone to push back against, and villains - I find the most interesting villains those who do the right things for the wrong reasons, or the wrong things for the right reasons. Either one is interesting. I love the gray area between right and wrong.
Transhumanism is the ethics and science of using things like biological and genetic engineering to transform our bodies and make us a more powerful species.
Washington, D. C.
That is the definition of faith - acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. .