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  • #1
    Anne Frank
    “It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
    Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

  • #2
    Aldous Huxley
    “It was a masterly piece of work. But once you began admitting explanations in terms of purpose— well, you didn't know what the result might be. It was the sort of idea that might easily decondition the more unsettled minds among the higher castes—make them lose their faith in happiness as the Sovereign Good and take to believing, instead, that the goal was somewhere beyond, somewhere outside the present human sphere; that the purpose of life was not the maintenance of well-being, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge. Which was, the Controller reflected, quite possibly true. But not, in the present circumstance, admissible.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • #3
    Aldous Huxley
    “Hug me till you drug me, honey; Kiss me till I'm in a coma: Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny; Love's as good as soma.”
    Aldous Huxley

  • #4
    Elaine Dundy
    “It's difficult to explain, but I just somehow feel that I never really *have* lived; that I never really will live--exist or whatever--in the sense that other people do. It drives me crazy. I was terribly aware of it all those nights waiting for you in the Ritz bar looking around at what seemed to be real grown-up lives. I just find everybody else's life surrounded by plate glass. I mean I'd like to break through it just once and actually touch one.”
    Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado

  • #5
    Don DeLillo
    “Isn't death the boundary we need? Doesn't it give a precious texture to life, a sense of definition? You have to ask yourself whether anything you do in this life would have beauty and meaning without the knowledge you carry of a final line, a border or limit.”
    Don DeLillo, White Noise

  • #6
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #7
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Americans... are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #8
    Haruki Murakami
    “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #9
    Haruki Murakami
    “Letters are just pieces of paper," I said. "Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #10
    Haruki Murakami
    “It's good when food tastes good, it's kind of like proof you're alive.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #11
    Joan Didion
    “I know something about dread myself, and appreciate the elaborate systems with which some people fill the void, appreciate all the opiates of the people, whether they are as accessible as alcohol and heroin and promiscuity or as hard to come by as faith in God or History.”
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • #12
    Joan Didion
    “To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference.”
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • #13
    Joan Didion
    “Grammar is a piano I play by ear.”
    Joan Didion, Essays & Conversations

  • #14
    Barbara Demick
    “North Korea invites parody. We laugh at the excesses of the propaganda and the gullibility of the people. But consider that their indoctrination began in infancy, during the fourteen-hour days spent in factory day-care centers; that for the subsequent fifty years, every song, film, newspaper article, and billboard was designed to deify Kim Il-sung; that the country was hermetically sealed to keep out anything that might cast doubt on Kim Il-sung's divinity. Who could possibly resist?”
    Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

  • #15
    Haruki Murakami
    “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #16
    Jennifer Egan
    “There's a fine line between thinking about somebody and thinking about not thinking about somebody, but I have the patience and the self-control to walk that line for hours - days, if I have to.”
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • #17
    Jennifer Egan
    “Everybody sounds stoned, because they're e-mailing people the whole time they're talking to you.”
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
    tags: p123

  • #18
    Jennifer Egan
    “There are so many ways to go wrong. All we've got are metaphors, and they're never exactly right. You can never just Say. The. Thing.”
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • #19
    Jennifer Egan
    “Structural dissatisfaction: Returning to circumstances that once pleased you, after having experienced a more thrilling or opulent way of life, and finding that you can no longer tolerate them.”
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • #20
    Haruki Murakami
    “Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that's where I imagine it - there's a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you'll live forever in your own private library.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #21
    Haruki Murakami
    “Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #22
    Haruki Murakami
    “What do you think? I'm not a starfish or a pepper tree. I'm a living, breathing human being. Of course I've been in love.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #23
    Haruki Murakami
    “A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #24
    Maya Angelou
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #25
    Joan Didion
    “I'm not telling you to make the world better, because I don't think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave's a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that's what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”
    Joan Didion

  • #26
    Joan Didion
    “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”
    Joan Didion

  • #27
    Joan Didion
    “we are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. as we were. as we are no longer. as we will one day not be at all.”
    Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

  • #28
    Joan Didion
    “I know what the fear is.
    The fear is not for what is lost.
    What is lost is already in the wall.
    What is lost is already behind the locked doors.
    The fear is for what is still to be lost.”
    Joan Didion, Blue Nights

  • #29
    Haruki Murakami
    “If you remember me, then I don't care if everyone else forgets.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #30
    Julian Barnes
    “It strikes me that this may be one of the differences between youth and age: when we are young, we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others.”
    Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending



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