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  • #1
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “This is your life and its ending one moment at a time.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club


  • #2
    Rumi
    “The minute I heard my first love story,
    I started looking for you, not knowing
    how blind that was.
    Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
    They're in each other all along.”
    Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi


  • #3
    Rumi
    “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
    Rumi


  • #4
    Rumi
    “Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
    Rumi, The Essential Rumi


  • #5
    Rumi
    “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
    Rumi


  • #6
    Khalil Gibran
    “Your children are not your children.
    They are sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you.
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For thir souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness.
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.”
    Khalil Gibran


  • #7
    Lorrie Moore
    “You are unhappy because you believe in such a thing as happy.”
    Lorrie Moore


  • #8
    Michelle Tea
    “you are right where you should be / now act like it”
    Michelle Tea, The Beautiful: Collected Poems


  • #9
    Michelle Tea
    “I will meet you in the dirtiest city you can dream of. We will drink cocktails so sweet they pucker our cheeks, as we perch on cracked leather bar stools. I will buy you plates of calcium and protein and we will run through the streets in excellent danger.

    Michelle Tea


  • #10
    Oscar Wilde
    “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
    Oscar Wilde


  • #11
    Oscar Wilde
    “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    tags: sin


  • #12
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Diary


  • #13
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Choke


  • #14
    Lorrie Moore
    “This is what happened in love. One of you cried a lot and then both of you grew sarcastic.”
    Lorrie Moore, Like Life


  • #15
    Lorrie Moore
    “I count too heavily on birthdays, though I know I shouldn't. Inevitably I begin to assess my life by them, figure out how I'm doing by how many people remember; it's like the old fantasy of attending your own funeral: You get to see who your friends are, get to see who shows up. ”
    Lorrie Moore, Anagrams


  • #16
    Lorrie Moore
    “That is what is wrong with cold people. Not that they have ice in their souls - we all have a bit of that - but that they insist every word and deed mirror that ice. They never learn the beauty or value of gesture. The emotional necessity. For them, it is all honesty before kindness, truth before art. Love is art, not truth. It's like painting scenery.”
    Lorrie Moore, Self-Help


  • #17
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “A love story can never be about full possession. The happy marriage, the requited love, the desire that never dims--these are lucky eventualites but they aren't love stories. Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart. Love stories, nearly without exception, give love a bad name.

    We value love not because it's stronger than death but because it's weaker. Say what you want about love: death will finish it. You will not go on loving in the grave, not in any physical way that will at all resemble love as we know it on earth. The perishable nature of love is what gives love its importance in our lives. If it were endless, if it were on tap, love wouldn't hit us the way it does.

    And we certainly wouldn't write about it.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead
    tags: love


  • #18
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters


  • #19
    David Foster Wallace
    “Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest


  • #20
    David Foster Wallace
    “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
    David Foster Wallace




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