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  • #1
    Nikolai Grozni
    “Because if we were all created idealists, then life was bound to be one relentless disappointment. But then, there was also music. We unlearned the lies with one hand and repeated them with the other.”
    Nikolai Grozni, Wunderkind

  • #2
    Nikolai Grozni
    “Home is simply a place where your friends wait for you to come back.”
    Nikolai Grozni, Turtle Feet

  • #3
    Nikolai Grozni
    “I don't know why people are so afraid of dying. It only takes a moment. ”
    Nikolai Grozni, Turtle Feet

  • #4
    César Aira
    “He couldn’t believe that sleep had robbed him of this spectacle night after night. Such are the writer’s privileges, he thought, nostalgic already for the present.”
    César Aira, Varamo

  • #5
    Haruki Murakami
    “Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #6
    Haruki Murakami
    “I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #7
    Haruki Murakami
    “And it came to me then. That we were wonderful traveling companions but in the end no more than lonely lumps of metal in their own separate orbits. From far off they look like beautiful shooting stars, but in reality they're nothing more than prisons, where each of us is locked up alone, going nowhere. When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. In the next instant we'd be in absolute solitude. Until we burned up and became nothing.”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #8
    Haruki Murakami
    “The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #9
    Haruki Murakami
    “We knew exactly what we wanted in each other. And even so, it ended. One day it stopped, as if the film simply slipped off the reel. ”
    Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

  • #10
    Haruki Murakami
    “As time goes on, you'll understand. What lasts, lasts; what doesn't, doesn't. Time solves most things. And what time can't solve, you have to solve yourself.”
    Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

  • #11
    Haruki Murakami
    “Possibilities are like cancer. The more I think about them, the more they multiply, and there's no way to stop them. I'm out of control. ”
    Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

  • #12
    Haruki Murakami
    “When there's nothing to do, you do nothing slowly and intently.”
    Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

  • #13
    John Irving
    “Your memory is a monster; you forget—it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you—and summons them to your recall with will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #14
    Nikolai Grozni
    “Youth is feeling seventy years old, misanthropic, and ready to die at fifteen”
    Nikolai Grozni, Wunderkind

  • #15
    Nikolai Grozni
    “We would kiss slowly, like scientists who analyzed the chemistry of passion, the electricity of desperation, the heat of loneliness, the sudden fluidity of time.”
    Nikolai Grozni, Wunderkind

  • #16
    Amor Towles
    “I know that right choices by definition are the means by which life crystallizes loss.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #17
    Amor Towles
    “For however inhospitable the wind, from this vantage point Manhattan was simply so improbable, so wonderful, so obviously full of promise - that you wanted to approach it for the rest of your life without ever quite arriving.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #18
    Amor Towles
    “That's how quickly New York City comes about - like a weather wane - or the head of a cobra. Time tells which.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #19
    Amor Towles
    “You see that thirty-year-old blonde next to Jake? That’s his fiancée, Carrie Clapboard. Carrie moved all manner of heaven and earth to get into that chair. And soon she will happily oversee scullery maids and table settings and the reupholstering of antique chairs at three different houses; which is all well and good. But if I were your age, I wouldn’t be trying to figure out how to get into Carrie’s shoes—I’d be trying to figure out how to get into Jake’s.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #20
    Yukio Mishima
    “Perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.”
    Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses

  • #21
    Yukio Mishima
    “Mine was the unbearable jealousy a cultured pearl must feel toward a genuine one. Or can there be such a thing in this world as a man who is jealous of the woman who loves him, precisely because of her love?”
    Yukio Mishima, Confessions of a Mask

  • #22
    Yukio Mishima
    “I felt as though I owned the whole world. And little wonder, because at no time are we ever in such complete possession of a journey, down to its last nook and cranny , as when we are busy with preparations for it. After that, there remains only the journey itself, which is nothing but the process through which we lose our ownership of it. This is what makes travel so utterly fruitless.”
    Yukio Mishima, Confessions of a Mask

  • #23
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • #24
    Simon Van Booy
    “I wonder if things can happen too early or too late or if everything happens at exactly the right time. If so, how sad and beautiful.”
    Simon Van Booy, The Secret Lives of People in Love

  • #25
    Simon Van Booy
    “When small drops began to fall and darken the world in penny-shaped circles, no one around him scurried for cover. For lonely people, rain is a chance to be touched.”
    Simon Van Booy

  • #26
    Neil Gaiman
    “One describes a tale best by telling the tale. You see? The way one describes a story, to oneself or to the world, is by telling the story. It is a balancing act and it is a dream. The more accurate the map, the more it resembles the territory. The most accurate map possible would be the territory, and thus would be perfectly accurate and perfectly useless.
    The tale is the map that is the territory.
    You must remember this.”
    Neil Gaiman, American Gods

  • #27
    Neil Gaiman
    “Fiction allows us to slide into these other heads, these other places, and look out through other eyes. And then in the tale we stop before we die, or we die vicariously and unharmed, and in the world beyond the tale we turn the page or close the book, and we resume our lives.”
    Neil Gaiman, American Gods

  • #28
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Meeting writers is always so disappointing. I got over wanting to meet live writers quite a long time ago. There is this terrific book that has changed your life, and then you meet the author, and he has shifty eyes and funny shoes and he won't talk about anything except the injustice of the United States income tax structure toward people with fluctuating income, or how to breed Black Angus cows, or something.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin

  • #29
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “It is yin and yang. Light is the left hand of darkness... how did it go? Light, dark. Fear, courage. Cold, warmth. Female, male. It is yourself, Therem. Both and one. A shadow on snow.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

  • #30
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald



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