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  • #1
    Rumi
    “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
    Rumi


  • #2
    Rumi
    “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
    Rumi


  • #3
    Hafez
    “And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
    "You owe me."
    Look what happens with love like that.
    It lights up the sky.”
    Hafez


  • #4
    Rumi
    “Love is the cure,
    for your pain will keep giving birth to more pain
    until your eyes constantly exhale love as effortlessly as your body yields its scent.”
    Rumi


  • #5
    Rumi
    “When I am with you, we stay up all night.
    When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.
    Praise God for those two insomnias!
    And the difference between them.”
    Rumi


  • #6
    Sylvia Plath
    “I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


  • #7
    Sylvia Plath
    “The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn't thought about it.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


  • #8
    Sylvia Plath
    “When they asked me what I wanted to be I said I didn’t know.
    "Oh, sure you know," the photographer said.
    "She wants," said Jay Cee wittily, "to be everything.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


  • #9
    Sylvia Plath
    “I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


  • #10
    Khaled Hosseini
    “There is only one sin. and that is theft... when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”
    Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


  • #11
    Khaled Hosseini
    “For you, a thousand times over”
    Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner


  • #12
    Khaled Hosseini
    “I would give them (aspiring writers) the oldest advice in the craft: Read and write. Read a lot. Read new authors and established ones, read people whose work is in the same vein as yours and those whose genre is totally different. You've heard of chain-smokers. Writers, especially beginners, need to be chain-readers. And lastly, write every day. Write about things that get under your skin and keep you up at night.”
    Khaled Hosseini


  • #13
    Henrik Ibsen
    “Helmer: I would gladly work night and day for you. Nora- bear sorrow and want for your sake. But no man would sacrafice his honor for the one he loves.
    Nora: It is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done.”
    Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House


  • #14
    Henrik Ibsen
    “Nora: It's true Torvald. When I lived at home with Papa, he used to tell me his opinion about everything, and so I had the same opinion. If I thought differently, I had to hide it from him, or he wouldn't have liked it. He called me his little doll, and he used to play with me just as I played with my dolls. Then I came to live in your house -

    Helmer: That's no way to talk about our marriage!

    Nora [undisturbed]: I mean when I passed out of Papa's hands into yours. You arranged everything to suit your own tastes, and so I came to have the same tastes as yours.. or I pretended to. I'm not quite sure which.. perhaps it was a bit of both -- sometimes one and sometimes the other. Now that I come to look at it, I've lived here like a pauper -- simply from hand to mouth. I've lived by performing tricks for you, Torvald. That was how you wanted it. You and Papa have committed a grievous sin against me: it's your fault that I've made nothing of my life.”
    Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House


  • #15
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    “Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Americus, Book I


  • #16
    Augusten Burroughs
    “I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
    Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking: True Stories


  • #17
    Haruki Murakami
    “But who can say what's best? That's why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


  • #18
    J.K. Rowling
    “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
    J.K. Rowling


  • #19
    Khaled Hosseini
    “But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
    Khaled Hosseini


  • #20
    Khaled Hosseini
    “Marriage can wait, education cannot.”
    Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns


  • #21
    Khaled Hosseini
    “She said, 'I'm so afraid.' And I said, 'why?,' and she said, 'Because I'm so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.' I asked her why and she said, 'They only let you be this happy if they're preparing to take something from you.”
    Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner




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