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  • #1
    Paulo Coelho
    “Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path.

    No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded.

    Other people think exactly the opposite: they surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to find in passion the solutions to all their problems. They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They are either euphoric because something marvelous has happened or depressed because something unexpected has just ruined everything.

    Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it - which of these two attitudes is the least destructive?

    I don't know.”
    Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

  • #2
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • #3
    “Alvy Singer: [narrating] After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I... I realized what a terrific person she was, and... and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I... I, I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this... this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and... but, uh, I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us... need the eggs. ”
    Annie Hall

  • #4
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #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
    Haruki Murakami
    “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #7
    Michael Chabon
    “The whole house seemed to exhale a melancholy breath of emptiness”
    Michael Chabon
    tags: life

  • #8
    Heiner Müller
    “When you no longer have an enemy you find it in the mirror.”
    Heiner Müller

  • #9
    Muriel Barbery
    “I find this a fascinating phenomenon: the ability we have to manipulate ourselves so that the foundation of our beliefs is never shaken.”
    Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • #10
    Gail Carriger
    “Soap understood her. Soap would always understand.”
    Gail Carriger, Waistcoats & Weaponry

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