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  • #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
    Donna Tartt
    “It's a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown I back, throat to the stars, "more like deer than human being." To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries. The bellowing of bulls. Springs of honey bubbling from the ground. If we are strong enough in our souls we can rip away the veil and look that naked, terrible beauty right in the face; let God consume us, devour us, unstring our bones. Then spit us out reborn.”
    Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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

  • #5
    John Shelby Spong
    “God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition, but I don't think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me to God.”
    John Shelby Spong

  • #6
    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

  • #7
    “The space between our mouth and the people’s ears, or eyes, who receive what we make, that is holy ground.”
    Fred Rogersogers

  • #8
    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

  • #9
    T.S. Eliot
    “This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #10
    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

  • #11
    T.S. Eliot
    “I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #12
    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

  • #13
    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: Norton Critical Edition

  • #14
    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

  • #15
    T.S. Eliot
    “Time present and time past
    Are both perhaps present in time future
    And time future contained in time past.”
    T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

  • #16
    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

  • #17
    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

  • #18
    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

  • #19
    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

  • #20
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #21
    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

  • #22
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Man only notices his sorrows; he takes his happiness for granted.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • #23
    Jonathan Franzen
    “And this of course, was the simplest definition of depression that he knew of: strongly disliking yourself.”
    Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

  • #24
    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

  • #25
    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

  • #26
    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

  • #27
    Mark Twain
    “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”
    Mark Twain

  • #28
    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

  • #29
    Matthew  Thomas
    “So much of life was the peeling away of illusions.”
    Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves

  • #30
    Stephen King
    “Home is where they want you to stay longer.”
    Stephen King, Revival

  • #31
    Robinson Jeffers
    “The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me
    Older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye that watched before there was an ocean.”
    Robinson Jeffers



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