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  • #1
    Haruki Murakami
    “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #2
    Haruki Murakami
    “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
    Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

  • #3
    Haruki Murakami
    “I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #4
    Haruki Murakami
    “Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star.
    It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
    Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”
    Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

  • #5
    Haruki Murakami
    “Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.”
    Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

  • #6
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “But suppose the endlessly dead were to
    wake in us some emblem:
    they might point to the catkins hanging
    from the empty hazel trees, or direct
    us to the rain
    descending on black earth in early
    spring. ---

    And we, who always think of happiness
    rising, would feel the emotion
    that almost baffles us
    when a happy thing falls.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

  • #7
    T.S. Eliot
    “April is the cruelest month, breeding
    lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    memory and desire, stirring
    dull roots with spring rain.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

  • #8
    Charles M. Schulz
    “Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”
    Charles M. Schulz

  • #9
    Charles M. Schulz
    “I feel kind of depressed today... Do you ever have the feeling that life has passed you by?
    Worse than that... Sometimes I think life and I are going in opposite directions!”
    Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 4: 1957-1958

  • #10
    Charles M. Schulz
    “Lucy: You learn more when you lose
    Charlie Brown: Well then I must be the smartest person in world!!!”
    Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts Treasury

  • #11
    Charles M. Schulz
    “On a beautiful day like this it would be best to stay in bed so you wouldn't get up and spoil it!”
    Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 9: 1967-1968

  • #12
    Charles M. Schulz
    “Sometimes, when you're really depressed, all you want to do is nothing. All you want to do is lean your head on your arm, and stare into space. Sometimes this can go on for hours. If you're unusually depressed, you may have to change arms.”
    Charles M. Schulz

  • #13
    Charles M. Schulz
    “I enjoy looking at your face... Whenever I look at your face, a question always comes to my mind... Will man ever succeed in reaching the moon?”
    Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 4: 1957-1958

  • #14
    Charles M. Schulz
    “I feel sorry for little babies... When a little baby is born into this cold world, he's confused! He's frightened! He needs something to cheer him up... The way I see it, as soon as a baby is born, he should be issued a banjo!”
    Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

  • #15
    Milan Kundera
    “But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.”
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • #16
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “One can fall in love and still hate.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

  • #17
    Anton Chekhov
    “If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.”
    Anton Chekhov, Notebook of Anton Chekhov

  • #18
    Dalai Lama XIV
    “A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.”
    Dalai Lama XIV

  • #19
    Haruki Murakami
    “Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

    An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.

    And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #20
    Milan Kundera
    “I imagine the feelings of two people meeting again after many years. In the past they spent some time together, and therefore they think they are linked by the same experience, the same recollections. The same recollections? That's where the misunderstanding starts: they don't have the same recollections; each of them retains two or three small scenes from the past, but each has his own; their recollections are not similar; they don't intersect; and even in terms of quantity they are not comparable: one person remembers the other more than he is remembered; first because memory capacity varies among individuals (an explanation that each of them would at least find acceptable), but also (and this is more painful to admit) because they don't hold the same importance for each other. When Irena saw Josef at the airport, she remembered every detail of their long-ago adventure; Josef remembered nothing. From the very first moment their encounter was based on an unjust and revolting inequality.”
    Milan Kundera

  • #21
    Bill Watterson
    “That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!”
    Bill Watterson, Weirdos From Another Planet: Calvin & Hobbes Series: Book Six: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection

  • #22
    Thich Nhat Hanh
    “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.”
    Thich Nhat Hanh

  • #23
    Thich Nhat Hanh
    “A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it's not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. But before it produces a transformation in the other person, it has to produce a transformation within us. Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write.”
    Thich Nhat Hanh, Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 days of practical, powerful teachings from the beloved Zen teacher

  • #24
    Leo Tolstoy
    “And those who only know the non-platonic love have no need to talk of tragedy. In such love there can be no sort of tragedy.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #25
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “Was it you that killed me, or did I kill you?" Abel answered. "I don't remember anymore; here we are, together, like before."

    "Now I know that you have truly forgiven me," Cain said, "because forgetting is forgiving. I, too, will try to forget.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #26
    Langston Hughes
    “I loved my friend
    He went away from me
    There's nothing more to say
    The poem ends,
    Soft as it began-
    I loved my friend.”
    Langston Hughes

  • #27
    Langston Hughes
    “Because my mouth
    Is wide with laughter
    And my throat
    Is deep with song,
    You do not think
    I suffer after
    I have held my pain
    So long?

    Because my mouth
    Is wide with laughter
    You do not hear
    My inner cry?
    Because my feet
    Are gay with dancing
    You do not know
    I die?”
    Langston Hughes

  • #28
    Haruki Murakami
    “I hurt myself deeply, though at the time I had no idea how deeply. I should have learned many things from that experience, but when I look back on it, all I gained was one single, undeniable fact. That ultimately I am a person who can do evil. I never consciously tried to hurt anyone, yet good intentions notwithstanding, when necessity demanded, I could become completely self-centred, even cruel. I was the kind of person who could, using some plausible excuse, inflict on a person I cared for a wound that would never heal.”
    Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

  • #29
    Haruki Murakami
    “For a while" is a phrase whose length can't be measured.At least by the person who's waiting.”
    Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

  • #30
    Haruki Murakami
    “I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”
    Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

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