All growth is a leap in the dark: a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
Well, see and see but do not perceive, hear and hear but do not understand, as the Lord says. I can’t claim to understand that saying, as many times as I’ve heard it, and even preached on it. It simply states a deeply mysterious fact. You can know a thing to death and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it.
-John Ames in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. Emphasis mine.
Don’t be a good neighbor anymore to her. I’ll have to send you a love letter! Straight from my heart, fucker! You know what a love letter is? It’s a bullet from a fucking gun, fucker! You receive a love letter from me, and you’re fucked forever! You understand, fuck? I’ll send you straight to hell, fucker!… In dreams… I walk with you. In dreams… I talk to you. In dreams, you’re mine… all the time. Forever.
Frank Booth in Blue Velvet
June 1941 - German invasion of the Soviet Union
A German soldier using an M-41 flamethrower, good for a maximum distance of 180 feet.