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“It kills me how these days everyone has clinical justification for their strangeness.”
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“...guilt is often assumed before innocence can be proven.”
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“Angst is not the human condition, it’s the purgatory between what we have and what we want but can’t get.”
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“Love and honesty don’t mix.”
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“Sometimes one waits too long for the perfect moment before snapping the picture. You never realize that you needed was to change perspective.”
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“Being remembered is all anyone can ask from a lost love.”
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“Clichés remind and reassure us that we're not alone, that others have trod this ground long ago.”
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“We referenced fictional characters as if they were people to learn from. As if real-life people were too nebulous, too private and unreal for us to understand.”
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tags: life
“Oh, how wonderfully romantic of you. Romantics are really only in love with themselves.”
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“How could a feeling that leaves you so hollow be a pain that is so sharp?”
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“To be an honest writer, you have to be away from home, and totally alone in life.”
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“I transform fiction into memory.”
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“Sure, each night we staggered home, unfired, unglazed, already broken without knowing it. But at least we were trying.”
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“Perhaps we have stopped ourselves from being invented, from self-realization, by blaming others for our wordlessness.”
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“Literature is an ethical leap. It is a moral decision. A perilous exercise in constant failure. Literature should have grievances, because there are so many grievances in the world.”
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“How do such flaws become beautiful in the right person?”
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“History is changed by martyrs who tell the truth.”
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“He fidgets. Thinks. Observes his fellow passengers. Judges everyone, in the traditional Filipino sport of justifying both personal and shared insecurities.”
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“To be angry implies you care”
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tags: anger
“Freedom is the only thing we must demand in life, for all other good things stem from it”
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“Let me welcome you to my first country, my Third World.”
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“You can’t bring an unwritten place to life without losing something substantial. Manila is the cradle, the graveyard, the memory. The Mecca, the Cathedral, the bordello. The shopping mall, the urinal, the discotheque. I’m hardly speaking in metaphor. It’s the most impermeable of cities. How does one convey all that?”
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“Love isn't based on gratitude. Respect isn't based on debt.”
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“Sometimes, courage is really just cowardice. Sometimes the bravest thing is to let go.”
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“As we all came to discover the limitations of assimilation, we grew closer as a family”
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“We liked to believe there is an alternate world, a better world, populated entirely by characters created by the yearnings of humanity--governing and inspiring themselves with all the lucidity wit which we rendered them.”
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“...when you hate someone so much, a part of you wants desperately to forgive them. But you can't decide if it's because you really want, or if you just want to stop hating. I still don't know if forgiveness is generous or selfish. Maybe both.”
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“Because falling, if you live in the moment,is really just flying, at least until you read the ground”
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“If our greatest fear is to sink away alone and unremembered, the brutality that time will inflict upon each of us will always run stronger than any river's murky waves.”
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“I'm home and safe and filled with the comfort of being somewhere I've already been. The ruckus of homecoming is brutally enjoyable and everyone makes me feel like a champion. And all I had to do was stay away long enough.”
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