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    all theories
    like cliches
    shot to hell,
    all these small faces
    looking up
    beautiful and believing;
    I wish to weep
    but sorrow is
    stupid.

    I wish to believe but believe is a
    graveyard.

    we have narrowed it down to
    the butcherknife and the
    mockingbird
    wish us
    luck.

    ― Charles Bukowski, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire

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    “We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.”

    ― Tennessee Williams, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

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    The roof is on fire.

    -Bloodhound Gang

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    “I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking.”

    ― Carl Sagan, Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

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    The day will come
    When my body no longer exists
    But in the lines of this poem
    I will never let you be alone

    The day will come
    When my voice is no longer heard
    But within the words of this poem
    I will continue to watch over you

    The day will come
    When my dreams are no longer known
    But in the spaces found in the letters of this poem
    I will never tire of looking for you

    ― Sapardi Djoko Damono

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    "If human consciousness is the most wonderful thing on earth, the attempt to fathom the depths of the psychophysiological action of narcotic and stimulating drugs makes this wonder seem greater still, for with their help man is enabled to transfer emotions of everyday life, as well as his will and intellect, to unknown regions; he is enabled to attain degrees of emotional intensity and duration which are otherwise unknown to the brain."

    - Louis Lewin

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    "Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realise that we can not eat money."
    ~ Chief Seattle

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    “The role played by time at the beginning of the universe is, I believe, the final key to removing the need for a Grand Designer, and revealing how the universe created itself. … Time itself must come to a stop. You can’t get to a time before the big bang, because there was no time before the big bang.

    We have finally found something that does not have a cause because there was no time for a cause to exist in. For me this means there is no possibility of a creator because there is no time for a creator to have existed.

    Since time itself began at the moment of the Big Bang, it was an event that could not have been caused or created by anyone or anything. … So when people ask me if a god created the universe, I tell them the question itself makes no sense. Time didn’t exist before the Big Bang, so there is no time for God to make the universe in.

    It’s like asking for directions to the edge of the Earth. The Earth is a sphere. It does not have an edge, so looking for it is a futile exercise.”

    ― Stephen W. Hawking

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    “If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes.

    But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense.

    If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time.”

    ― Bertrand Russell

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    “We had entered an era of limitlessness, or the illusion thereof, and this in itself is a sort of wonder. My grandfather lived a life of limits, both suffered and strictly observed, in a world of limits.

    I learned much of that world from him and others, and then I changed; I entered the world of labor-saving machines and of limitless cheap fossil fuel.

    It would take me years of reading, thought, and experience to learn again that in this world limits are not only inescapable but indispensable.”

    ― Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food

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    “No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself. What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can read only a few and those perhaps not accurately. A man is a lonely thing.”

    ― John Steinbeck

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    There was a time in my demented youth
    When somehow I suspected that the truth
    About survival after death was known
    To every human being: I alone
    Knew nothing, and a great conspiracy
    Of books and people hid the truth from me.

    ― Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

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    “Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable, happy; one day he abandoned his wife for the sake of a youthful mistress; he loved; was not loved; and his life ended in disaster.

    This is the whole of the story and we might have left it at that had there not been profit and pleasure in the telling; and although there is plenty of space on a gravestone to contain, bound in moss, the abridged version of a man's life, detail is always welcome.”

    ― Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark

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