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  • #1
    E.B. White
    “If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
    E.B. White


  • #2
    Ali Smith
    “Happy is what you realize you are a fraction of a second before it's too late.”
    Ali Smith


  • #3
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake


  • #4
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate, the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
    tags: love


  • #5
    Haruki Murakami
    “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


  • #6
    William Gibson
    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.

    The Economist, December 4, 2003
    William Gibson


  • #7
    Deborah Levy
    “Be sure to enjoy language, experiment with ways of talking, be exuberant even when you don't feel like it because language can make your world a better place to live.”
    Deborah Levy, Pillow Talk in Europe and Other Places


  • #8
    Jean Baudrillard
    “The futility of everything that comes to us from the media is the inescapable consequence of the absolute inability of that particular stage to remain silent. Music, commercial breaks, news flashes, adverts, news broadcasts, movies, presenters—there is no alternative but to fill the screen; otherwise there would be an irremediable void.... That’s why the slightest technical hitch, the slightest slip on the part of the presenter becomes so exciting, for it reveals the depth of the emptiness squinting out at us through this little window.”
    Jean Baudrillard


  • #9
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.”
    Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek


  • #10
    Oswald Chambers
    “If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.”
    Oswald Chambers


  • #11
    Oswald Chambers
    “The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.”
    Oswald Chambers


  • #12
    Holbrook Jackson
    “What is more useless than the popular novel that has passed its boom!”
    Holbrook Jackson, The Printing of Books


  • #13
    Don DeLillo
    “We drove 22 miles into the country around Farmington. There were meadows and apple orchards. White fences trailed through the rolling fields. Soon the sign started appearing. THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED BARN IN AMERICA. We counted five signs before we reached the site. There were 40 cars and a tour bus in the makeshift lot. We walked along a cowpath to the slightly elevated spot set aside for viewing and photographing. All the people had cameras; some had tripods, telephoto lenses, filter kits. A man in a booth sold postcards and slides -- pictures of the barn taken from the elevated spot. We stood near a grove of trees and watched the photographers. Murray maintained a prolonged silence, occasionally scrawling some notes in a little book.

    "No one sees the barn," he said finally.

    A long silence followed.

    "Once you've seen the signs about the barn, it becomes impossible to see the barn."

    He fell silent once more. People with cameras left the elevated site, replaced by others.

    We're not here to capture an image, we're here to maintain one. Every photograph reinforces the aura. Can you feel it, Jack? An accumulation of nameless energies."

    There was an extended silence. The man in the booth sold postcards and slides.

    "Being here is a kind of spiritual surrender. We see only what the others see. The thousands who were here in the past, those who will come in the future. We've agreed to be part of a collective perception. It literally colors our vision. A religious experience in a way, like all tourism."

    Another silence ensued.

    "They are taking pictures of taking pictures," he said.”
    Don DeLillo, White Noise


  • #14
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Someday there will be girls and women whose name will no longer mean the mere opposite of the male, but something in itself, something that makes one think not of any complement and limit, but only life and reality: the female human being.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #15
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “And when you realize that their activities are shabby, that their vocations are petrified and no longer connected with life, why not then continue to look upon it all as a child would, as if you were looking at something unfamiliar, out of the depths of your own solitude, which is itself work and status and vocation? Why should you want to give up a child’s wise not-understanding in exchange for a defensiveness and scorn, since not-understanding is, after all, a way of being alone, whereas defensiveness and scorn are participation in precisely what, by these means, you want to separate yourself from.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet




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