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  • #1
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #2
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #3
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #4
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “Songs are as sad as the listener.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #5
    Haruki Murakami
    “Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven't seen in a long time.”
    Haruki Murakami

  • #6
    Haruki Murakami
    “Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #7
    Haruki Murakami
    “What makes us the most normal," said Reiko, "is knowing that we're not normal.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #8
    Haruki Murakami
    “This person, this self, this me, finally, was made somewhere else. Everything had come from somewhere else, and it would all go somewhere else. I was nothing but a pathway for the person known as me.”
    Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • #9
    Haruki Murakami
    “Nakata let his body relax, switched off his mind, allowing things to flow through him. This was natural for him, something he'd done ever since he was a child, without a second thought. Before long the borders of his consciousness fluttered around, just like the butterflies. Beyond these borders lay a dark abyss. Occasionally his consciousness would fly over the border and hover over that dizzying black crevasse. But Nakata wasn't afraid of the darkness or how deep it was. And why should he be? That bottomless world of darkness, that weighty silence and chaos, was an old friend, a part of him already. Nakata understood this well. In that world there was no writing, no days of the week, no scary Governor, no opera, no BMWs. No scissors, no tall hats. On the other hand, there was also no delicious eel, no tasty bean-jam buns. Everything is there, but there are no parts. Since there are no parts, there's no need to replace one thing with another. No need to remove anything, or add anything. You don't have to think about difficult things, just let yourself soak it all in. For Nakata, nothing could be better.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #10
    James Joyce
    “A corpse is meat gone bad. Well and what's cheese? Corpse of milk. ”
    James Joyce

  • #11
    James Joyce
    “But we are living in a skeptical and, if I may use the phrase, a thought-tormented age; and sometimes I fear that this new generation, educated or hypereducated as it is, will lack those qualities of humanity, of hospitality, of kindly humor which belonged to an older day..”
    James Joyce

  • #12
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #13
    Franz Kafka
    “I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #14
    Franz Kafka
    “Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #15
    Franz Kafka
    “My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication--it makes them sociable.
    I, however, cannot force myself to
    use drugs to cheat on my loneliness--it is all that I have--and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #16
    Franz Kafka
    “There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #17
    E.E. Cummings
    “To be nobody but
    yourself in a world
    which is doing its best day and night to make you like
    everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
    which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
    E.E. Cummings

  • #18
    William Shakespeare
    “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
    William Shakespeare, Macbeth

  • #19
    William Shakespeare
    “I dare do all that may become a man;
    Who dares do more, is none”
    William Shakespeare, Macbeth

  • #20
    E.E. Cummings
    “I like my body when it is with your body. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more.”
    E.E. Cummings, Selected Poems

  • #21
    Marcel Proust
    “Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”
    Marcel Proust

  • #22
    Marcel Proust
    “People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the common bacillus.”
    Marcel Proust

  • #23
    Christina Rossetti
    When I Am Dead, My Dearest

    When I am dead, my dearest,
    Sing no sad songs for me;
    Plant thou no roses at my head,
    Nor shady cypress-tree:
    Be the green grass above me
    With showers and dewdrops wet;
    And if thou wilt, remember,
    And if thou wilt, forget.

    I shall not see the shadows,
    I shall not feel the rain;
    I shall not hear the nightingale
    Sing on, as if in pain:
    And dreaming through the twilight
    That doth not rise nor set,
    Haply I may remember,
    And haply may forget.”
    Christina Rossetti, Complete Poems

  • #24
    Christina Rossetti
    “Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad”
    Christina Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelite Poetry: An Anthology

  • #25
    Alfred Lord Tennyson
    “Tis better to have loved and lost
    Than never to have loved at all.”
    Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam

  • #26
    Alfred Lord Tennyson
    “Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
    Tears from the depths of some devine despair
    Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
    In looking on the happy autumn fields,
    And thinking of the days that are no more.”
    Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • #27
    Michel Foucault
    “People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.”
    Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

  • #28
    Michel Foucault
    “I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning. If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it?
    What is true for writing and for love relationships is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don’t know where it will end.”
    Michel Foucault

  • #29
    Michel Foucault
    “What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn't everyone's life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?”
    Michel Foucault

  • #30
    David Sedaris
    “When asked "What do we need to learn this for?" any high-school teacher can confidently answer that, regardless of the subject, the knowledge will come in handy once the student hits middle age and starts working crossword puzzles in order to stave off the terrible loneliness.”
    David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day



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