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  • #1
    Lemony Snicket
    “Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night's sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

  • #2
    Steve Jobs
    “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
    Steve Jobs

  • #3
    Paulo Coelho
    “A man who seeks only the light, while shirking his responsibilities, will never find illumination. And one who keep his eyes fixed upon the sun ends up blind..."
    "It doesn't matter what others think -because that's what they will think, in any case. So, relax. Let the universe move about. Discover the joy of surprising yourself."
    "The master says: “Make use of every blessing that God gave you today. A blessing cannot be saved. There is no bank where we can deposit blessings received, to use them when we see fit. If you do not use them, they will be irretrievably lost. God knows that we are creative artists when it comes to our lives. On one day, he gives us clay for sculpting, on another, brushes and canvas, or a pen. But we can never use clay on our canvas, nor pens in sculpture. Each day has its own miracle. Accept the blessings, work, and create your minor works of art today. Tomorrow you will receive others.”
    “You are together because a forest is always stronger than a solitary tree,” the master answered. "The forest conserves humidity, resists the hurricane and helps the soil to be fertile. But what makes a tree strong is its roots. And the roots of a plant cannot help another plant to grow. To be joined together in the same purpose is to allow each person to grow in his own fashion, and that is the path of those who wish to commune with God.”
    “If you must cry, cry like a child. You were once a child, and one of the first things you learned in life was to cry, because crying is a part of life. Never forget that you are free, and that to show your emotions is not shameful. Scream, sob loudly, make as much noise as you like. Because that is how children cry, and they know the fastest way to put their hearts at ease. Have you ever noticed how children stop crying? They stop because something distracts them. Something calls them to the next adventure. Children stop crying very quickly. And that's how it will be for you. But only if you can cry as children do.”
    “If you are traveling the road of your dreams, be committed to it. Do not leave an open door to be used as an excuse such as, 'Well, this isn't exactly what I wanted. ' Therein are contained the seeds of defeat. “Walk your path. Even if your steps have to be uncertain, even if you know that you could be doing it better. If you accept your possibilities in the present, there is no doubt that you will improve in the future. But if you deny that you have limitations, you will never be rid of them. “Confront your path with courage, and don't be afraid of the criticism of others. And, above all, don't allow yourself to become paralyzed by self-criticism. “God will be with you on your sleepless nights, and will dry your tears with His love. God is for the valiant.”
    "Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing."
    "There is a moment in every day when it is difficult to see clearly: evening time. Light and darkness blend, and nothing is completely clear nor completely dark."
    "But it's not important what we think, or what we do or what we believe in: each of us will die one day. Better to do as the old Yaqui Indians did: regard death as an advisor. Always ask: 'Since I'm going to die, what should I be doing now?'”
    "When we follow our dreams, we may give the impression to others that we are miserable and unhappy. But what others think is not important. What is important is the joy in our heart.”
    “There is a work of art each of us was destined to create. That is the central point of our life, and -no matter how we try to deceive ourselves -we know how important it is to our happiness. Usually, that work of art is covered by years of fears, guilt and indecision. But, if we decide to remove those things that do not belong, if we have no doubt as to our capability, we are capable of going forward with the mission that is our destiny. That is the only way to live with honor.”
    Paulo Coelho, Maktub

  • #4
    Lemony Snicket
    “Entertaining a notion, like entertaining a baby cousin or entertaining a pack of hyenas, is a dangerous thing to refuse to do. If you refuse to entertain a baby cousin, the baby cousin may get bored and entertain itself by wandering off and falling down a well. If you refuse to entertain a pack of hyenas, they may become restless and entertain themselves by devouring you. But if you refuse to entertain a notion - which is just a fancy way of saying that you refuse to think about a certain idea - you have to be much braver than someone who is merely facing some blood-thirsty animals, or some parents who are upset to find their little darling at the bottom of a well, because nobody knows what an idea will do when it goes off to entertain itself.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

  • #5
    Lemony Snicket
    “If you are a student you should always get a good nights sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means 'flunk'.”
    Lemony Snicket

  • #6
    Lemony Snicket
    “Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make -- bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake -- if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble. Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble. For instance, one morning you might wake up and make the assumption that your bed was in the same place that it always was, even though you would have no real evidence that this was so. But when you got out of your bed, you might discover that it had floated out to sea, and now you would be in terrible trouble all because of the incorrect assumption that you'd made. You can see that it is better not to make too many assumptions, particularly in the morning.”
    Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy

  • #7
    David Levithan
    “We'd said we'd keep in touch. But touch is not something you can keep; as soon as it's gone, it's gone. We should have said we'd keep in words, because they are all we can string between us--words on a telephone line, words appearing on a screen.”
    David Levithan, How They Met, and Other Stories

  • #8
    Cormac McCarthy
    “You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”
    Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men

  • #9
    Amy Gerstler
    “Fuck You Poem #45

    Fuck you in slang and conventional English.
    Fuck you in lost and neglected lingoes.
    Fuck you hungry and sated; faded, pock marked, and defaced.
    Fuck you with orange rind, fennel and anchovy paste.
    Fuck you with rosemary and thyme, and fried green olives on the side.
    Fuck you humidly and icily.
    Fuck you farsightedly and blindly.
    Fuck you nude and draped in stolen finery.

    Fuck you while cells divide wildly and birds trill.
    Thank you for barring me from his bedside while he was ill.
    Fuck you puce and chartreuse.
    Fuck you postmodern and prehistoric.
    Fuck you under the influence of opiun, codeine, laudanum, and paregoric.
    Fuck every real and imagined country you fancied yourself princess of.
    Fuck you on feast days and fast days, below and above.
    Fuck you sleepless and shaking for nineteen nights running.
    Fuck you ugly and fuck you stunning.

    Fuck you shipwrecked on the barren island of your bed.
    Fuck you marching in lockstep in the ranks of the dead.
    Fuck you at low and high tide.
    And fuck you astride
    anyone who has the bad luck to fuck you, in dank hallways,
    bathrooms, or kitchens.
    Fuck you in gasps and whispered benedictions.

    And fuck these curses, however heartfelt and true,
    that bind me, till I forgive you, to you.”
    Amy Gerstler, Ghost Girl

  • #11
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

  • #12
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “The idea that I can't share my problems with other people makes me not give a shit about their problems.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

  • #13
    Anaïs Nin
    “You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
    Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

  • #15
    Brian Selznick
    “I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”
    Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

  • #16
    Dr. Seuss
    “It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become.”
    Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

  • #17
    Richard Bach
    “I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. ”
    Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

  • #18
    Richard Bach
    “Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”
    Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

  • #19
    T.S. Eliot
    “The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
    Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.

    The houses are all gone under the sea.

    The dancers are all gone under the hill.”
    T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets



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