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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
    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

  • #14
    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

  • #15
    Neil Gaiman
    “Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”
    Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • #16
    Bertrand Russell
    “The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
    Bertrand Russell

  • #17
    Ali Smith
    “Because, George thought as she sat there with her eyes closed back before Christmas in Mrs Rock's self-consciously comfortable chair in the counselling office, how can it be that there's an advert on TV with dancing bananas unpeeling themselves in it and teabags doing a dance, and her mother will never see that advert?
    How can that advert exist and her mother not exist in the world?
    She didn't say it out loud, though, because there wasn't a point.
    It isn't about saying.
    It is about the hole which will form in the roof through which the cold will intensify and after which the structure of the house will begin to shift, like it ought, and through which George will be able to lie every night in bed watching the black sky.”
    Ali Smith, How to Be Both

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