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  • #1
    Jorge Amado
    “The world is like that -- incomprehensible and full of surprises .”
    Jorge Amado, Gabriela, Clavo y Canela


  • #2
    Albert Camus
    “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
    Albert Camus


  • #3
    Alberto Moravia
    “Vedi, non c'è coraggio e non c'è paura... ci sono soltanto coscienza ed incoscienza... la coscienza è paura, l'incoscienza è coraggio.”
    Alberto Moravia


  • #4
    Ivan Turgenev
    “I don't see why it's impossible to express everything that's on one's mind.”
    Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons


  • #5
    Ivan Turgenev
    “It's all romanticism, nonsense, rottenness, art.”
    Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons


  • #6
    Ivan Turgenev
    “If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin." - Ivan Turgenev”
    Ivan Turgenev


  • #7
    Ivan Turgenev
    “the deep, pure blue stirs on one’s lips a smile, innocent as itself; like the clouds over the sky, and, as it were, with them, happy memories pass in slow procession over the soul”
    Ivan Turgenev, Sketches from a Hunter's Album


  • #8
    François Villon
    “Ou sont les neiges d'antan?”
    François Villon


  • #9
    Anton Chekhov
    “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
    Anton Chekhov


  • #10
    Hermann Hesse
    “Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.”
    Hermann Hesse


  • #11
    Karl Lagerfeld
    “What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
    Karl Lagerfeld


  • #12
    Darren Shan
    “A world of "if"s, but it would make no difference. If I could go back in time... but I couldn't. The past was behind me. The best thing now would be to stop looking over my shoulder. It was time to forget the past and look to the present and future.”
    Darren Shan, A Living Nightmare


  • #13
    Albert Camus
    “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
    Albert Camus


  • #14
    Frank Zappa
    “So many books, so little time.”
    Frank Zappa


  • #15
    Charles J. Sykes
    “Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.”
    Charles J. Sykes, Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good about Themselves but Can't Read, Write or Add


  • #16
    Audrey Hepburn
    “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
    Audrey Hepburn


  • #17
    Neil Gaiman
    “I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones


  • #18
    Neil Gaiman
    “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones


  • #19
    Neil Gaiman
    “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections


  • #20
    Neil Gaiman
    “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like 'maybe we should be just friends' turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones


  • #21
    Pascal Mercier
    “SOLIDAO, LONELINESS.
    What is it that we call loneliness. It can't simply be the absence of others, you can be alone and not lonely, and you can be among people and yet be lonely. So what is it? ... it isn't only that others are there, that they fill up the space next to us. But even when they celebrate us or give advice in a friendly conversation, clever, sensitive advice: even then we can be lonely. So loneliness is not something simply connected with the presence of others or with what they do. Then what? What on earth?”
    Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon


  • #22
    Pascal Mercier
    “[Vanity] is an unrecognised form of stupidity, you have to forget the cosmic meaninglessness of all our acts to be able to be vain and that's a glaring form of stupidity.”
    Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon


  • #23
    Pascal Mercier
    “I would not like to live in a world without cathedrals. I need their beauty and grandeur. I need their imperious silence. I need it against the witless bellowing of the barracks yard and the witty chatter of the yes-men. I want to hear the rustling of the organ, this deluge of ethereal notes. I need it against the shrill farce of marches.”
    Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon


  • #24
    Pascal Mercier
    “That words could cause something in the world, make someone move or stop, laugh or cry: even as a child he had found it extraordinary and it never stopped impressing him. How did words do that? Wasn't it like magic?”
    Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon


  • #25
    Boris Pasternak
    “When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it. ”
    Boris Pasternak


  • #26
    Boris Pasternak
    “About dreams. It is usually taken for granted that you dream of something that has made a particularly strong impression on you during the day, but it seems to me it´s just the contrary. Often it´s something you paid no attention to at the time -- a vague thought that you didn´t bother to think out to the end, words spoken without feeling and which passed unnoticed -- these are the things that return at night, clothed in flesh and blood, and they become the subjects of dreams, as if to make up for having been ignored during waking hours.”
    Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago


  • #27
    Boris Pasternak
    “To be a woman is a great adventure;
    To drive men mad is a heroic thing.”
    Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago


  • #28
    Boris Pasternak
    “I have always thought that art is not a category, not a realm covering innumerable concepts and derivative phenomena, but that, on the contrary, it is something concentrated, strictly limited. It is a principle that is present in every work of art, a force applied to it and a truth worked out in it. And I have never seen art as form but rather as a hidden, secret part of content…A literary creation can appeal to us in all sorts of ways—by its theme, subject, situations, characters. But above all it appeals to us by the presence in it of art...You can call it an idea, a statement about life, so all-embracing that it can’t be split up into separate words; and if there is so much as a particle of it in any work that includes other things as well, it outweighs all the other ingredients in significance and turns out to be the essence, the heart and soul of the work.”
    Boris Pasternak


  • #29
    Boris Pasternak
    “Credo che non ti amerei tanto se in te non ci fosse nulla da lamentare, nulla da rimpiangere. Io non amo la gente perfetta, quelli che non sono mai caduti, non hanno inciampato. La loro è una virtù spenta, di poco valore. A loro non si è svelata la bellezza della vita.”
    Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago


  • #30
    Mario Vargas Llosa
    “Why would anyone who is deeply satisfied with reality, with real life as it is lived, dedicate himself to something as insubstantial and fanciful as the creation of fictional realities? Naturally, those who rebel against lie as it is, using their ability to invent different lives and different people, may do so for any number of reasons, honorable or dishonorable, generous or selfish, complex or banal. The nature of this basic questioning of reality, which to my mind lies at the heart of every literary calling, doesn't matter at all. What matters is that the rejection be strong enough to fuel the enthusiasm for a task as quixotic as tilting at windmills – the slight-of-hand replacement of the concrete, objective world of life as it is lived with the subtle and ephemeral world of fiction.”
    Mario Vargas Llosa, Letters to a Young Novelist




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