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  • #1
    “Between waking and being awake there is a moment full of doubt and dream, when you struggle to remember what the place and when the time and whether you really are.”
    ― Keri Hulme from The Bone People

  • #2
    “...if I moved at the speed of light, I could get no confirmation of my existence from an objective source of reflected lightsuch as a mirror. I would be like a ghost in the universe, materially unverifiable in the stream of time.”
    E.L. DoctorowDoctorow, City of God

  • #3
    Chris Bohjalian
    “Food is a gift and should be treated reverentially--romanced and ritualized and seasoned with memory.”
    Chris Bohjalian, Secrets of Eden
    tags: food

  • #4
    Richard Brautigan
    “I have always wanted to write a book that ended with the word 'mayonnaise.”
    Richard Brautigan

  • #5
    “The space between our mouth and the people’s ears, or eyes, who receive what we make, that is holy ground.”
    Fred Rogersogers

  • #6
    Richard Brautigan
    “In Watermelon Sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar.”
    Richard Brautigan, In Watermelon Sugar

  • #7
    T.S. Eliot
    “This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #8
    T.S. Eliot
    “Do I dare
    Disturb the universe?
    In a minute there is time
    For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #9
    T.S. Eliot
    “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #10
    T.S. Eliot
    “For I have known them all already, known them all—
    Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
    I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Others
    tags: life

  • #11
    T.S. Eliot
    “April is the cruelest month, breeding
    lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    memory and desire, stirring
    dull roots with spring rain.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

  • #12
    T.S. Eliot
    “The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #13
    T.S. Eliot
    “Time present and time past
    Are both perhaps present in time future,
    And time future contained in time past.
    If all time is eternally present
    All time is unredeemable.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #14
    José Saramago
    “What does reading do, You can learn almost everything from reading, But I read too, So you must know something, Now I'm not so sure, You'll have to read differently then, How, The same method doesn't work for everyone, each person has to invent his or her own, whichever suits them best, some people spend their entire lives reading but never get beyond reading the words on the page, they don't understand that the words are merely stepping stones placed across a fast-flowing river, and the reason they're there is so that we can reach the farther shore, it's the other side that matters, Unless, Unless what, Unless those rivers don't have just two shores but many, unless each reader is his or her own shore, and that shore is the only shore worth reaching.”
    José Saramago, The Cave

  • #15
    John Fowles
    “We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.”
    John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman

  • #16
    John Fowles
    “There comes a time in each life like a point of fulcrum. At that time you must accept yourself. It is not any more what you will become. It is what you are and always will be. You are too young to know this. You are still becoming. Not being.”
    John Fowles, The Magus

  • #17
    John Osborne
    “Asking a working writer what he feels about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.”
    John Osborne, Inadmissible evidence: a play

  • #18
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #19
    Chris Hedges
    “We’ve bought into the idea that education is about training and “success”, defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and to challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, which fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.”
    Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

  • #20
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Man only notices his sorrows; he takes his happiness for granted.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • #21
    Jonathan Franzen
    “And this of course, was the simplest definition of depression that he knew of: strongly disliking yourself.”
    Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

  • #22
    Marilynne Robinson
    “If you want to inform yourselves as to the nature of hell, don't hold your hand in a candle flame, just ponder the meanest, most desolate place in your soul.”
    Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

  • #23
    John Fowles
    “If you are wise, you will never pity the past for what it did not know, but pity yourself for what it did.”
    John Fowles, The Magus

  • #24
    Cormac McCarthy
    “Men imagine that the choices before them are theirs to make. But we are free to act only upon what is given. Choice is lost in the maze of generations and each act in that mazeis itself an enslavement for it voids every alternate and binds one ever more tightly in to the constraints that make a life.”
    Cormac McCarthy, Cities of the Plain

  • #25
    Mark Twain
    “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”
    Mark Twain

  • #26
    Matthew   Thomas
    “Then he quoted from a French Jesuit named Teilhard de Chardin: “He recognized with absolute certainty the empty fragility of even the noblest theorizings as compared with the definitive plenitude of the smallest fact grasped in its total, concrete reality.”
    Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves

  • #27
    Matthew   Thomas
    “So much of life was the peeling away of illusions.”
    Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves

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