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  • #1
    Nick Hornby
    “People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity


  • #2
    Nick Hornby
    “Maybe we all live life at too high a pitch, those of us who absorb emotional things all day, and as mere consequence we can never feel merely content: we have to be unhappy, or ecstatically, head-over-heels happy, and those states are difficult to achieve within a stable, solid relationship.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity


  • #3
    Nick Hornby
    “Between the ages of fourteen and twenty-four, foreplay changes from being something that boys want to do and girls don't, to something that women want and men can't be bothered with. ... The perfect match, if you ask me, is between the Cosmo woman and the fourteen-year old boy.”
    Nick Hornby


  • #4
    Nick Hornby
    “I miss him like one might miss a scar, or wooden leg, something disfiguring but characteristic.”
    Nick Hornby


  • #5
    Nick Hornby
    “Phone calls like ours only happen when you've spent several years hurting and being hurt, until every work you utter or hear becomes coded and loaded, as complicated and full of subtext as a bleak and brilliant play.”
    Nick Hornby, How to Be Good


  • #6
    Charles Bukowski
    “I was sentimental about many things: a woman’s shoes under the bed; one hairpin left behind on the dresser; the way they said, 'I’m going to pee.' hair ribbons; walking down the boulevard with them at 1:30 in the afternoon, just two people walking together; the long nights of drinking and smoking; talking; the arguments; thinking of suicide; eating together and feeling good; the jokes; the laughter out of nowhere; feeling miracles in the air; being in a parked car together; comparing past loves at 3am; being told you snore; hearing her snore; mothers, daughters, sons, cats, dogs; sometimes death and sometimes divorce; but always carring on, always seeing it through; reading a newspaper alone in a sandwich joint and feeling nausea because she’s now married to a dentist with an I.Q. of 95; racetracks, parks, park picnics; even jails; her dull friends; your dull friends; your drinking, her dancing; your flirting, her flirting; her pills, your fucking on the side and her doing the same; sleeping together”
    Charles Bukowski, Women


  • #7
    Stephen King
    “Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. If not so, why do so many couples who start the evening at dinner wind up in bed?”
    Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


  • #8
    Jennifer Weiner
    “As many times as I told her she was beautiful, I know that she never believed me. As many times as I said it didn’t matter, I knew that to her it did.”
    Jennifer Weiner, Good in Bed


  • #9
    Yann Martel
    “Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but nightmares tinged with love. Such is the strangeness of the human heart.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #10
    Oscar Wilde
    “Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no to-morrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace. You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death's house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost


  • #11
    Yann Martel
    “Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud...”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #12
    Epicurus
    “I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.”
    Epicurus


  • #13
    Ernest Hemingway
    “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?”
    Ernest Hemingway


  • #14
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.


  • #15
    Mark Twain
    “Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
    Mark Twain


  • #16
    J.D. Salinger
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #17
    Robert Frost
    “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
    Robert Frost


  • #18
    Henry David Thoreau
    “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
    Henry David Thoreau


  • #19
    Virginia Woolf
    “Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.”
    Virginia Woolf


  • #20
    Maya Angelou
    “Out of the huts of history's shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that's rooted in pain
    I rise
    I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise.”
    Maya Angelou


  • #21
    Michael Cunningham
    “One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.”
    Michael Cunningham


  • #22
    Stephen King
    “The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them -- words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a tellar but for want of an understanding ear.”
    Stephen King, Different Seasons


  • #23
    Charles Baudelaire
    “Always be a poet, even in prose.”
    Charles Baudelaire


  • #24
    Khalil Gibran
    “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
    That we may record our emptiness.”
    Khalil Gibran


  • #25
    Khalil Gibran
    “One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.”
    Khalil Gibran


  • #26
    Khalil Gibran
    “For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?”
    Khalil Gibran, The Prophet


  • #27
    Khalil Gibran
    “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.”
    Khalil Gibran
    tags: life


  • #28
    Khalil Gibran
    “Much of your pain is self-chosen.
    It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
    Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
    For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
    And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.”
    Khalil Gibran


  • #29
    Anis Mojgani
    “Will it make me something? Will I be something? Am I something? And the answer comes, already am, always was, and I still have time to be”
    Anis Mojgani


  • #30
    William Trevor
    “I get melancholy if I don't [write]. I need the company of people who don't exist.”
    William Trevor




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