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    “The best stories I have heard were pointless, the best books those whose plot I can never remember, the best individuals those whom I never get anywhere with.

    Though it has been practised on me time and again I never cease to marvel how it happens that with certain individuals whom I know, within a few minutes after greeting them we are embarked on an endless voyage comparable in feeling and trajectory only to the deep middle dream which the practised dreamer slips into like a bone slips into its sockets.”

    ― Henry Miller, The Colossus of Maroussi

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    “Human beings make a strange fauna and flora. From a distance they appear negligible; close up they are apt to appear ugly and malicious. More than anything they need to be surrounded with sufficient space ― space even more than time.”

    ― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

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    “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”

    ― Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

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    “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”

    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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    “There is something at the bottom of every new human thought, every thought of genius, or even every earnest thought that springs up in any brain, which can never be communicated to others, even if one were to write volumes about it and were explaining one's idea for thirty-five years; there's something left which cannot be induced to emerge from your brain, and remains with you forever; and with it you will die, without communicating to anyone perhaps the most important of your ideas.”

    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

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    “For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments.

    And all the time your soul is craving and longing for something else.

    And in vain does the dreamer rummage about in his old dreams, raking them over as though they were a heap of cinders, looking in these cinders for some spark, however tiny, to fan it into a flame so as to warm his chilled blood by it and revive in it all that he held so dear before, all that touched his heart, that made his blood course through his veins, that drew tears from his eyes, and that so splendidly deceived him!”

    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

    ― Albert Einstein, The World as I See It

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    “And before we judge them too harsly we must remember what ruthless and utter destruction our own species has wrought, not only upon animals, such as the vanished bison and the dodo, but upon its inferior races....Are we such apostles of mercy as to complain if the Martians warred in the same spirit?”

    ― H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

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    “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

    ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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    “She was indeed a girl of exquisite beauty. She was one of those languid women made of dark honey, smooth and sweet and terribly sticky, who take control of a room with a syrupy gesture, a toss of the hair, a single slow whiplash of the eyes - and all the while remain as still as the center of a hurricane, apparently unaware of the force of gravity by which they irresistibly attract to themselves the yearnings and the souls of both men and women.”

    ― Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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    Everything America should be,Muhammad Ali is.
    George Foreman.

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    “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing.

    The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant.

    The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”

    ― David Foster Wallace

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    “Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.”

    ― Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

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    “Like more than one Englishman in New York, he looked upon Americans as hopeless children whom Providence had perversely provided with this great swollen fat fowl of a continent. Any way one chose to relieve them of their riches, short of violence, was sporting, if not morally justifiable, since they would only squander it in some tasteless and useless fashion, in any event.”

    ― Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

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    “It's precisely in despair that you find the most intense pleasure, especially if you are already powerfully conscious of the hopelessness of your predicament.”

    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    “Junk turns the user into a plant. Plants do not feel pain since pain has no function in a stationary organism. Junk is a pain killer. A plant has no libido in the human or animal sense. Junk replaces the sex drive. Seeding is the sex of the plant and the function of opium is to delay seeding.
    Perhaps the intense discomfort of withdrawal is the transition from plant back to animal, from a painless, sexless, timeless state back to sex and pain and time, from death back to life.”

    ― William S. Burroughs, Junky

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    “All over America, people were pulling credentials out of their pockets and sticking them under someone else's nose to prove they had been somewhere or done something. And I thought someday everyone in America will suddenly jump up and say, 'I don't take any shit!' and start pushing and cursing and clawing at the man next to him.”

    ― William S. Burroughs, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

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    Don't know the reason
    Stayed here all season
    Nothing to show but this brand new tattoo
    But it's a real beauty
    A Mexican cutie
    How it got here I haven't a clue

    - Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville

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    "Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of to-day. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul."

    - Francis Thompson

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    “I tell my students, it's not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What's more difficult is to identify with someone you don't see, who's very far away, who's a different colour, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.”

    ― Chinua Achebe

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    “First she said we were to keep clear of the Sirens, who sit and sing most beautifully in a field of flowers; but she said I might hear them myself so long as no one else did. Therefore, take me and bind me to the crosspiece half way up the mast; bind me as I stand upright, with a bond so fast that I cannot possibly break away, and lash the rope's ends to the mast itself. If I beg and pray you to set me free, then bind me more tightly still.”

    ― Homer, The Odyssey

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    “Like the generations of leaves, the lives of mortal men. Now the wind scatters the old leaves across the earth, now the living timber bursts with the new buds and spring comes round again. And so with men: as one generation comes to life, another dies away.”

    ― Homer, The Iliad

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    I say no wealth is worth my life! Not all they claim
    was stored in the depths of Troy, that city built on riches,
    in the old days of peace before the sons of Achaea came-
    not all the gold held fast in the Archer's rocky vaults,
    in Phoebus Apollo's house on Pytho's sheer cliffs!

    Cattle and fat sheep can all be had for the raiding,
    tripods all for the trading, and tawny-headed stallions.
    But a man's life breath cannot come back again-
    no raiders in force, no trading brings it back,
    once it slips through a man's clenched teeth.

    Mother tells me,
    the immortal goddess Thetis with her glistening feet,
    that two fates bear me on to the day of death.

    If I hold out here and I lay siege to Troy,
    my journey home is gone, but my glory never dies.

    If I voyage back to the fatherland I love,
    my pride, my glory dies...
    true, but the life that's left me will be long,
    the stroke of death will not come on me quickly.

    ― Homer, The Iliad

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    “Moreover, if with the thought or the conception there is combined a strong, a passionate, desire, one will come to look upon the said thought or conception as something fated, inevitable, and foreordained — something bound to happen.”

    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    “From the house of my childhood I have brought nothing but precious memories, for there are no memories more precious than those of early childhood in one’s first home. And that is almost always so if there is any love and harmony in the family at all. Indeed, precious memories may remain even of a bad home, if only the heart knows how to find what is precious.”

    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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