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  • #1
    Louise Erdrich
    “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
    Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP


  • #2
    Annie Dillard
    “I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you.”
    Annie Dillard


  • #3
    Robert Frost
    “The best way out is always through.”
    Robert Frost


  • #4
    George Eliot
    “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”
    George Eliot


  • #5
    Virginia Woolf
    “And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees
    and changing leaves.”
    Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse


  • #6
    Aeschylus
    “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”
    Aeschylus


  • #7
    Robert Frost
    “Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.”
    Robert Frost


  • #8
    Jane Austen
    “Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”
    Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility


  • #9
    Henry James
    “Sorrow comes in great waves...but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.”
    Henry James


  • #10
    “I learn by going where I have to go.”
    ― Theodore Rothke


  • #11
    Henry James
    “Excellence does not require perfection.”
    Henry James


  • #12
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


  • #13
    Truman Capote
    “Let me begin by telling you that I was in love. An ordinary statement, to be sure, but not an ordinary fact, for so few of us learn that love is tenderness, and tenderness is not, as a fair proportian suspect, pity; and still fewer know that happiness in love is not the absolute focusing of all emotion in another: one has always to love a good many things which the beloved must come only to symbolize; the true beloveds of this world are in their lovers's eyes lilacs opening, ship lights, school bells, a landscape, remembered conversations, friends, a child's Sunday, lost voices, one's favourite suit, autumn and all seasons, memory, yes, it being the earth and water of existence, memory.”
    Truman Capote, Other Voices, Other Rooms
    tags: love


  • #14
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


  • #15
    Mary Oliver
    “You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.”
    Mary Oliver


  • #16
    Sara Teasdale
    “You will recognize your own path when you come upon it because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”
    Sara Teasdale


  • #17
    Willa Cather
    “I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.”
    Willa Cather


  • #18
    Jane Austen
    “When I fall in love, it will be forever.”
    Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility The Screenplay


  • #18
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other. ”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #19
    Jane Austen
    “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”
    Jane Austen
    tags: love


  • #20
    Jane Austen
    “It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
    Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility


  • #21
    Jane Austen
    “My idea of good company...is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.'
    'You are mistaken,' said he gently, 'that is not good company, that is the best.”
    Jane Austen, Persuasion


  • #23
    Paulo Coelho
    “Sometimes there's just no way to hold back the river.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


  • #24
    Mark Twain
    “Life is short, Break the Rules.
    Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
    Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
    And never regret ANYTHING
    That makes you smile.”
    Mark Twain


  • #25
    Aeschylus
    “Wisdom comes through suffering.
    Trouble, with its memories of pain,
    Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep,
    So men against their will
    Learn to practice moderation.
    Favours come to us from gods.”
    Aeschylus, Agamemnon


  • #26
    Charlotte Brontë
    “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #27
    Elie Wiesel
    “When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.”
    Elie Wiesel


  • #27
    William James
    “The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.”
    William James


  • #28
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Ah," she cried, "you look so cool."

    Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.

    You always look so cool," she repeated.

    She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


  • #29
    Oscar Wilde
    “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
    Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance




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