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  • #1
    Irving Stone
    “First, we think all truth is beautiful, no matter how hideous its face may seem. We accept all of nature, without any repudiation. We believe there is more beauty in a harsh truth than in a pretty lie, more poetry in earthiness than in all the salons of Paris. We think pain is good because it is the most profound of all human feelings. We think sex is beautiful even when portrayed by a harlot and a pimp. We put character above ugliness, pain above prettiness and hard, crude reality above all the wealth in France. We accept life in its entirety without making moral judgments. We think the prostitute is as good as the countess, the concierge as good as the general, the peasant as good as the cabinet minister, for they all fit into the pattern of nature and are woven into the design of life!”
    Irving Stone, Lust for Life


  • #2
    Albert Camus
    “Live to the point of tears.”
    Albert Camus


  • #3
    Albert Camus
    “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
    Albert Camus


  • #4
    Albert Camus
    “A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.”
    Albert Camus


  • #5
    Albert Camus
    “Au milieu de l'hiver, j'ai découvert en moi un invincible été.”
    Albert Camus


  • #6
    J.D. Salinger
    “I privately say to you, old friend... please accept from me this unpretentious bouquet of early-blooming parentheses: (((()))).”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #7
    David Foster Wallace
    “Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties -- all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name's Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion -- these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”
    David Foster Wallace


  • #8
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
    “Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but ... life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez


  • #9
    J.D. Salinger
    “If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world Buddy Glass would most want to read if he had his heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself. I won’t even underline that. It’s too important to be underlined.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #10
    J.D. Salinger
    “Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession. It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It's never been anything but your religion.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #11
    J.D. Salinger
    “However contradictory the coroner's report — whether he pronounces Consumption or Loneliness or Suicide to be the cause of death — isn't it plain how the true artist-seer actually dies? I say that the true artist-seer, the heavenly fool who can and does produce beauty, is mainly dazzled to death by his own scruples, the blinding shapes and colors of his own sacred human conscience.”
    J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction


  • #12
    Rumi
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field.
    I'll meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass
    the world is too full to talk about.”
    Rumi


  • #13
    Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
    “Be melting snow.
    Wash yourself of yourself.”
    Rumi, The Essential Rumi




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