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  • #2
    Bob Marley
    “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
    Bob Marley

  • #3
    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
    Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

  • #4
    Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another What! You
    “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #5
    Anaïs Nin
    “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
    Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

  • #6
    May Sarton
    “When I speak of life and love as expanding with age, sex seems the least important thing. At any age we grow by the enlarging of consciousness, by learning a new language, or a new art or craft (gardening?) that implies a new way of looking at the universe. Love is one of the great enlargers of the person because it requires us to "take in" the stranger and to understand him, and to exercise restraint and tolerance as well as imagination to make the relationship work.”
    May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

  • #7
    Gene Wolfe
    “I would like [my readers] to better understand human beings and human life as a result of having read [my] stories. I'd like them to feel that this was an experience that made things better for them and an experience that gave them hope. I think that the kind of things that we talk about at this conference -- fantasy very much so, science fiction, and even horror -- the message that we're sending is the reverse of the message sent by what is called "realistic fiction." (I happen to think that realistic fiction is not, in fact, realistic, but that's a side issue.) And what we are saying is that it doesn't have to be like this: things can be different. Our society can be changed. Maybe it's worse, maybe it's better. Maybe it's a higher civilization, maybe it's a barbaric civilization. But it doesn't have to be the way it is now. Things can change. And we're also saying things can change for you in your life. Look at the difference between Severian the apprentice and Severian the Autarch [in The Book of the New Sun], for example. The difference beteween Silk as an augur and Silk as calde [in The Book of the Long Sun]. You see?

    We don't always have to be this. There can be something else. We can stop doing the thing that we're doing. Moms Mabley had a great line in some movie or other -- she said, "You keep on doing what you been doing and you're gonna keep on gettin' what you been gettin'." And we don't have to keep on doing what we've been doing. We can do something else if we don't like what we're gettin'. I think a lot of the purpose of fiction ought to be to tell people that.”
    Gene Wolfe

  • #8
    “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”
    Carter Crocker

  • #9
    “How lucky I am to have known somebody and something that saying goodbye to is so damned awful.”
    Evans G. Valens, The Other Side of the Mountain: The Story of Jill Kinmont

  • #10
    A.A. Milne
    “Some people care too much. I think it's called love.”
    A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

  • #11
    A.A. Milne
    “How do you spell 'love'?" - Piglet
    "You don't spell it...you feel it." - Pooh”
    A.A. Milne

  • #12
    Gail Tsukiyama
    “Sometimes you can’t let go of the past without facing it again.”
    Gail Tsukiyama, The Samurai's Garden

  • #13
    Sam Vaknin
    “Hate is the complement of fear and narcissists like being feared. It imbues them with an intoxicating sensation of omnipotence.”
    Sam Vaknin, Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited

  • #14
    Aminatta Forna
    “All liars ... lie to protect themselves, to shield their egos from the raw pain of truth.”
    Aminatta Forna, The Memory of Love
    tags: liars

  • #15
    Carolina De Robertis
    “There's that feeling that comes when you read something and the lines speak directly to you, and to you only, even though the person who wrote them died long before you were born, or, even if alive, has no idea you exist. The words seep right into your mind. They pour into your secret hollows and take their shape, a perfect fit, like water. And you are slightly less alone in the universe, because you have been witnessed, because you have been filled, because someone once found words for things within you that you couldn't yourself name – something gesturing not only toward what you are, but what you could become.”
    Carolina De Robertis, Perla

  • #16
    Tan Twan Eng
    “Memories I had locked away have begun to break free, like shards of ice fracturing off an arctic shelf. In sleep, these broken floes drift toward the morning light of remembrance.”
    Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists
    tags: pg-1

  • #17
    Carolina De Robertis
    “No, I wanted to say, he didn't cut off her hands because he didn't have to, he had cut them off long before, with years of keeping all authority in his own palms, all the rules and all the power and all the answers emanating from him and no one else. And if you don't understand that, if you've never been in such a family, then you can't know the way the mind shackles itself and amputates its own limbs so adeptly that you never think to miss them, never think that you had anything so obscene as choice.”
    Carolina De Robertis, Perla

  • #18
    Carolina De Robertis
    “What makes the self?
    Experiences. Acculturation.
    What else?
    I don't know.
    What's within you.
    She says, I don't know what was within me and what got put there by my life as it was lived.
    You can never know that.
    No.
    But there is a you that was there before you were born and that nobody shaped or changed or could have changed.”
    Carolina De Robertis, Perla

  • #19
    Ann-Marie MacDonald
    “Afterwards, in bed with a book, the spell of television feels remote compared to the journey into the page. To be in a book. To slip into the crease where two pages meet, to live in the place where your eyes alight upon the words to ignite a world of smoke and peril, colour and serene delight. That is a journey no one can end with the change of a channel. Enduring magic.”
    Ann-Marie MacDonald, The Way the Crow Flies

  • #20
    Tan Twan Eng
    “I have become a collapsing star, pulling everything around it, even the light, into an ever-expanding void. Once I lose all ability to communicate with the world outside myself, nothing will be left but what I remember. My memories will be like a sandbar, cut off from the shore by the incoming tide. In time they will become submerged, inaccessible to me. The prospect terrified me. For what is a person without memories? A ghost, trapped between worlds, without an identity, with no future, no past.”
    Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists
    tags: pg-25

  • #21
    Adam Johnson
    “A name isn't a person,' Ga said. 'Don't ever remember someone by their name. To keep someone alive, you put them inside you, you put their face on your heart. Then, no matter where you are, they're always with you because they're a part of you.”
    Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son

  • #22
    M.L. Stedman
    “There are still more days to travel in this life. And he knows that the man who makes the journey has been shaped by every day and every person along the way. Scars are just another kind of memory....Soon enough the days will close over their lives, the grass will grow over their graves, until their story is just an unvisited headstone.”
    M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans

  • #23
    Willa Cather
    “Isn’t it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.”
    Willa Cather, O Pioneers!

  • #24
    Richard Flanagan
    “He believed books had an aura that protected him, that without one beside him he would die. He happily slept without women. He never slept without a book.”
    Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • #25
    Richard Flanagan
    “A happy man has no past, while an unhappy man has nothing else.”
    Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • #26
    Richard Flanagan
    “A good book ... leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your own soul.”
    Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North



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