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    Weeping

    Weeping,
    I go down the street
    Grotesque, without solution
    With the sadness of Cyrano
    And Quixote.

    Redeeming
    Infinite impossiblities
    With the rhythm of the clock.

    - Federico García Lorca

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    Reality is a nice place, but I wouldn't want to live there.

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    Dawn

    Dawn in New York has
    four columns of mire
    and a hurricane of black pigeons
    splashing in the putrid waters.

    Dawn in New York groans
    on enormous fire escapes
    searching between the angles
    for spikenards of drafted anguish.

    Dawn arrives and no one receives it in his mouth
    because morning and hope are impossible there:
    sometimes the furious swarming coins
    penetrate like drills and devour abandoned children.

    Those who go out early know in their bones
    there will be no paradise or loves that bloom and die:
    they know they will be mired in numbers and laws,
    in mindless games, in fruitless labors.

    The light is buried under chains and noises
    in the impudent challenge of rootless science.
    And crowds stagger sleeplessly through the boroughs
    as if they had just escaped a shipwreck of blood.

    - Federico García Lorca

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    There will be time, there will be time
    To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.

    ― T.S. Eliot

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    Tower of Song


    Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
    I ache in the places where I used to play
    And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
    I'm just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song

    I said to Hank Williams, how lonely does it get?
    Hank Williams hasn't answered yet
    But I hear him coughing all night long
    Oh, a hundred floors above me in the Tower of Song

    I was born like this, I had no choice
    I was born with the gift of a golden voice
    And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond
    They tied me to this table right here in the Tower of Song

    So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
    I'm very sorry, baby, doesn't look like me at all
    I'm standing by the window where the light is strong
    Ah, they don't let a woman kill you, not in the Tower of Song

    Now, you can say that I've grown bitter but of this you may be sure
    The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
    And there's a mighty judgment coming, but I may be wrong
    You see, you hear these funny voices in the Tower of Song

    I see you standing on the other side
    I don't know how the river got so wide
    I loved you baby, way back when
    And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
    But I feel so close to everything that we lost
    We'll never, we'll never have to lose it again

    Now I bid you farewell, I don't know when I'll be back
    They're moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
    But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone
    I'll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the Tower of Song

    Yeah, my friends are gone and my hair is gray
    I ache in the places where I used to play
    And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
    I'm just paying my rent every day in the Tower of Song


    - Leonard Cohen

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    Was this the face that launched a thousand ships,
    And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
    Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.
    Her lips suck forth my soul: see, where it flies!

    Here will I dwell, for heaven is in those lips,
    And all is dross that is not Helena.

    I will be Paris, and for love of thee
    Instead of Troy shall Wittenberg be sacked,
    And I will combat with weak Menelaus,
    And wear thy colors on my plumed crest.

    Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel,
    And then return to Helen for a kiss.
    Oh, thou art fairer than the evening's air,
    Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.

    Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter,
    When he appeared to hapless Semele:
    More lovely than the monarch of the sky,
    In wanton Arethusa's azure arms,
    And none but thou shalt be my paramour!”

    ― Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus

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    Liu Xiaobo - Nobel Lecture (an excerpt)

    "If I may be permitted to say so, the most fortunate experience of these past twenty years has been the selfless love I have received from my wife, Liu Xia. She could not be present as an observer in court today, but I still want to say to you, my dear, that I firmly believe your love for me will remain the same as it has always been.

    Throughout all these years that I have lived without freedom, our love was full of bitterness imposed by outside circumstances, but as I savor its aftertaste, it remains boundless. I am serving my sentence in a tangible prison, while you wait in the intangible prison of the heart.

    Your love is the sunlight that leaps over high walls and penetrates the iron bars of my prison window, stroking every inch of my skin, warming every cell of my body, allowing me to always keep peace, openness, and brightness in my heart, and filling every minute of my time in prison with meaning.

    My love for you, on the other hand, is so full of remorse and regret that it at times makes me stagger under its weight.

    I am an insensate stone in the wilderness, whipped by fierce wind and torrential rain, so cold that no one dares touch me.

    But my love is solid and sharp, capable of piercing through any obstacle. Even if I were crushed into powder, I would still use my ashes to embrace you."

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    I bet men would be faithful, if God took an inch off his dick every time he cheated.

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    Vile and ingrate! too late thou shalt repent
    The base injustice thou hast done my love.
    Yes, thou shalt know, spite of thy past Distress,
    And all those ills which thou so long hast mourn'd;
    Heav'n has no Rage like Love to hatred turn'd,
    Nor Hell a Fury like a Woman scorn'd.

    - William Congreve, The Mourning Bride

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    If music be the food of love, play on;
    Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
    The appetite may sicken, and so die.

    Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments. Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove:
    O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
    It is the star to every wandering bark,
    Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
    Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
    Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

    — William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

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    A poor boy took his father's bread and started down the road started down the road....

    Robert Wilkins

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    “I closed my eyes and listened to the waves. Thousands of fish out there, eating each other. Endless mouths and assholes swallowing and shitting. The whole earth was nothing but mouths and assholes swallowing and shitting, and fucking.”

    ― Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

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    “A creature that hides and “withdraws into its shell,” is preparing a “way out.” This is true of the entire scale of metaphors, from the resurrection of a man in his grave, to the sudden outburst of one who has long been silent. If we remain at the heart of the image under consideration, we have the impression that, by staying in the motionlessness of its shell, the creature is preparing temporal explosions, not to say whirlwinds, of being.”

    ― Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

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    Scientists have discovered why female spiders eat their mates. According to data analysis, it turns out the male spiders deserve it.

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    Scientists have discovered why female spiders eat their mates. According to data analysis, it turns out the male spiders deserve it.
    "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!"

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    Linkin Park Heavy, " I don't like my mind right now."

    RIP Chester Bennington at 41.

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    “A Frenchman's self-assurance stems from his belief that he is mentally and physically irresistibly fascinating to both men and women.

    An Englishman's self-assurance is founded on his being a citizen of the best organized state in the world and on the fact that, as an Englishman, he always knows what to do, and that whatever he does as an Englishman is unquestionably correct.

    An Italian is self-assured because he is excitable and easily forgets.

    A Russian is self-assured simply because he knows nothing and does not want to know anything, since he does not believe in the possibility of knowing anything fully.”

    ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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    “I came into the world with two priceless advantages: good health and a love of learning. When I left school at the age of fifteen I was halfway through the tenth grade. I left for two reasons, economic necessity being the first of them. More important was that school was interfering with my education.”

    ― Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man

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    “Brett was damned good-looking. She wore a slip-over jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy's. She started all that. She was built with curves like the hull of a racing yacht, and you missed none of it with that wool jersey.”

    ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

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    “He who looks through an open window sees fewer things than he who looks through a closed window.”

    ― Charles Baudelaire

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    “If we were to study these fragments by Baudelaire according to the normal methods of psychology, we might conclude that when the poet left behind him the settings of the world, to experience the single "setting" of immensity, he could only have knowledge of an "abstraction come true." Intimate space elaborated in this way by a poet, would be merely the pendant of the outside space of geometricians, who seek infinite space with no other sign than infinity itself.”

    ― Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

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    We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
    By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
    Till human voices wake us... and we drown.

    ― T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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    And I have known the eyes already, known them all —
    The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,
    And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,
    When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,
    Then how should I begin
    To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?

    ―T. S. Eliot, Prufrock

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    II

    The morning comes to consciousness
    Of faint stale smells of beer
    From the sawdust-trampled street
    With all its muddy feet that press
    To early coffee-stands.

    With the other masquerades
    That time resumes,
    One thinks of all the hands
    That are raising dingy shades
    In a thousand furnished rooms.

    - T.S. Eliot, Preludes

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