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  • #1
    J.D. Salinger
    “She wasn't doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.”
    J.D. Salinger

  • #2
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

  • #3
    J.D. Salinger
    “It's everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so — I don't know — not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and — sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
    tags: life

  • #4
    J.D. Salinger
    “An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
    tags: art

  • #5
    I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.
    “I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #6
    Markus Zusak
    “I have to say that although it broke my heart, I was, and still am, glad I was there.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

  • #7
    Jon Krakauer
    “We like companionship, see, but we can't stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the hell out again.”
    Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

  • #9
    J.K. Rowling
    “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • #9
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
    J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

  • #10
    J.D. Salinger
    “I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #11
    Lewis Carroll
    “Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #12
    John Irving
    “Maybe television causes cancer, Garp thinks; but his real irritation is a writer's irritation: he knows that wherever the TV glows, there sits someone who isn't reading.”
    John Irving, The World According to Garp

  • #12
    Jon Krakauer
    “It is true that I miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom I can share the things that mean so much to me that I have learned to contain myself. It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty...”
    Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

  • #13
    Markus Zusak
    “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
    Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

  • #14
    Jane Austen
    “Angry people are not always wise.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  • #15
    Emily Brontë
    “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
    Emily Jane Brontë , Wuthering Heights

  • #16
    Juli Zeh
    “Alle Wege führen zur Erkenntnis der Nichtigkeit aller Dinge, aber keiner führt zurück.”
    Juli Zeh, Spieltrieb

  • #19
    Jane Austen
    “I certainly have not the talent which some people possess," said Darcy, "of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  • #20
    Jane Austen
    “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  • #23
    Donna Tartt
    “And I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next.”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

  • #24
    Leo Tolstoy
    “He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #24
    Leo Tolstoy
    “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

  • #27
    Jon Krakauer
    “Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don't want one.”
    Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

  • #28
    Sylvia Plath
    “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
    Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  • #28
    Jane Austen
    “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

  • #29
    Donna Tartt
    “And as much as I’d like to believe there’s a truth beyond illusion, I’ve come to believe that there’s no truth beyond illusion. Because, between ‘reality’ on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there’s a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is the space where all art exists, and all magic.”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

  • #29
    Donna Tartt
    “I look at the blanked-out faces of the other passengers--hoisting their briefcases, their backpacks, shuffling to disembark--and I think of what Hobie said: beauty alters the grain of reality. And I keep thinking too of the more conventional wisdom: namely, that the pursuit of pure beauty is a trap, a fast track to bitterness and sorrow, that beauty has to be wedded to something more meaningful.

    Only what is that thing? Why am I made the way I am? Why do I care about all the wrong things, and nothing at all for the right ones? Or, to tip it another way: how can I see so clearly that everything I love or care about is illusion, and yet--for me, anyway--all that's worth living for lies in that charm?

    A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don't get to choose our own hearts. We can't make ourselves want what's good for us or what's good for other people. We don't get to choose the people we are.

    Because--isn't it drilled into us constantly, from childhood on, an unquestioned platitude in the culture--? From William Blake to Lady Gaga, from Rousseau to Rumi to Tosca to Mister Rogers, it's a curiously uniform message, accepted from high to low: when in doubt, what to do? How do we know what's right for us? Every shrink, every career counselor, every Disney princess knows the answer: "Be yourself." "Follow your heart."

    Only here's what I really, really want someone to explain to me. What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can't be trusted--? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight toward a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?...If your deepest self is singing and coaxing you straight toward the bonfire, is it better to turn away? Stop your ears with wax? Ignore all the perverse glory your heart is screaming at you? Set yourself on the course that will lead you dutifully towards the norm, reasonable hours and regular medical check-ups, stable relationships and steady career advancement the New York Times and brunch on Sunday, all with the promise of being somehow a better person? Or...is it better to throw yourself head first and laughing into the holy rage calling your name?”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

  • #30
    Juli Zeh
    “Kennst du das Gefühl, wenn man plötzlich feststellt, dass es völlig hirnrissig ist, etwas für andere Menschen zu tun, weil man selbst ein Mensch ist und deshalb weiß, wie wenig sie es verdienen?”
    Juli Zeh, Spieltrieb

  • #31
    Donna Tartt
    “That life - whatever else it is - is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. That maybe even if we’re not always so glad to be here, it’s our task to immerse ourselves anyway: wade straight through it, right through the cesspool, while keeping eyes and hearts open. And in the midst of our dying, as we rise from the organic and sink back ignominiously into the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch.”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

  • #32
    Leo Tolstoy
    “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
    Leo Tolstoy



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