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The Pearl by John Steinbeck
"“They had made songs to the fishes, to the sea in anger and to the sea in calm, to the light and the dark and the sun and the moon, and the songs were all in Kino and in his people – every song that had ever been made, even the ones forgotten.”

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Fionnuala is on page 231 of 320 of Poems and Shorter Writings: Excerpts from 'Giacomo Joyce', written in Trieste sometime between 1911 and 1915.
Who? A pale face surrounded by heavy odorous furs.Her movements are shy and nervous. She uses quizzing glasses. Yes, a brief syllable. A brief laugh. A brief beat of the eyes...The long eyelids beat and lift: a burning needleprick stings and quivers in the velvet iris.
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Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare
" Thank God for Youtube. As I have said before, reading a Shakespearian play that I have not seen on either stage or screen can be a difficult task at best. In fact reading any play that I have not seen on stage or screen can be difficult, since th..." Read more of this review »
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Diane di Prima
“I have just realized that the stakes are myself
I have no other
ransom money, nothing to break or barter but my life”
Diane di Prima

Marcel Proust
“I feel that there is much to be said for the Celtic belief that the souls of those whom we have lost are held captive in some inferior being, in an animal, in a plant, in some inanimate object, and thus effectively lost to us until the day (which to many never comes) when we happen to pass by the tree or to obtain possession of the object which forms their prison. Then they start and tremble, they call us by our name, and as soon as we have recognised them the spell is broken. Delivered by us, they have overcome death and return to share our life.

And so it is with our own past. It is a labour in vain to attempt to recapture it: all the efforts of our intellect must prove futile. The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) of which we have no inkling. And it depends on chance whether or not we come upon this object before we ourselves must die.”
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Marcel Proust
“Perhaps the immobility of the things that surround us is forced upon them by our conviction that they are themselves, and not anything else, and by the immobility of our conceptions of them.”
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past: Volume I - Swann's Way & Within a Budding Grove

Leo Tolstoy
“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

Marcel Proust
“What an abyss of uncertainty, whenever the mind feels overtaken by itself; when it, the seeker, is at the same time the dark region through which it must go seeking and where all its equipment will avail it nothing. Seek? More than that: create. It is face to face with something which does not yet exist, which it alone can make actual, which it alone can bring into the light of day.”
Marcel Proust

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