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  • #1
    Sebastian Cole
    “The lesson learned: never take your loved ones for granted. And if you're ever lucky enough to find that one person in life who makes you love more than any other person could possible make you love, you treat every day together as if it were your last. You cherish every moment.”
    Sebastian Cole, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love

  • #2
    Jodi Picoult
    “and he suddenly knew that if she killed herself, he would die. Maybe not immediately, maybe not with the same blinding rush of pain, but it would happen. You couldn't live for very long without a heart.”
    Jodi Picoult

  • #3
    Brian Ruckley
    “Loss alone is but the wounding of a heart; it is memory that makes it our ruin.”
    Brian Ruckley, Fall of Thanes

  • #4
    Alan Moore
    “If you wear black, then kindly, irritating strangers will touch your arm consolingly and inform you that the world keeps on turning.

    They're right. It does.

    However much you beg it to stop.

    It turns and lets grenadine spill over the horizon, sends hard bars of gold through my window and I wake up and feel happy for three seconds and then I remember.

    It turns and tips people out of their beds and into their cars, their offices, an avalanche of tiny men and women tumbling through life...

    All trying not to think about what's waiting at the bottom.

    Sometimes it turns and sends us reeling into each other's arms. We cling tight, excited and laughing, strangers thrown together on a moving funhouse floor.

    Intoxicated by the motion we forget all the risks.

    And then the world turns...

    And somebody falls off...

    And oh God it's such a long way down.

    Numb with shock, we can only stand and watch as they fall away from us, gradually getting smaller...

    Receding in our memories until they're no longer visible.

    We gather in cemeteries, tense and silent as if for listening for the impact; the splash of a pebble dropped into a dark well, trying to measure its depth.

    Trying to measure how far we have to fall.

    No impact comes; no splash. The moment passes. The world turns and we turn away, getting on with our lives...

    Wrapping ourselves in comforting banalities to keep us warm against the cold.

    "Time's a great healer."

    "At least it was quick."

    "The world keeps turning."

    Oh Alec—

    Alec's dead.”
    Alan Moore, Swamp Thing, Vol. 5: Earth to Earth

  • #5
    Irvin D. Yalom
    “Despair is the price one pays for self-awareness. Look deeply into life, and you'll always find despair.”
    Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept

  • #6
    Irvin D. Yalom
    “If we look at life in its small details, how ridiculous it all seems. It is like a drop of water seen through a microscope, a single drop teeming with protozoa. How we laugh as they bustle about so eagerly and struggle with one another. Whether here, or in the little span of human life, this terrible activity produces a comic effect”
    Irvin D. Yalom, The Schopenhauer Cure
    tags: life

  • #7
    Christopher Hitchens
    “About once or twice every month I engage in public debates with those whose pressing need it is to woo and to win the approval of supernatural beings. Very often, when I give my view that there is no supernatural dimension, and certainly not one that is only or especially available to the faithful, and that the natural world is wonderful enough—and even miraculous enough if you insist—I attract pitying looks and anxious questions. How, in that case, I am asked, do I find meaning and purpose in life? How does a mere and gross materialist, with no expectation of a life to come, decide what, if anything, is worth caring about?

    Depending on my mood, I sometimes but not always refrain from pointing out what a breathtakingly insulting and patronizing question this is. (It is on a par with the equally subtle inquiry: Since you don't believe in our god, what stops you from stealing and lying and raping and killing to your heart's content?) Just as the answer to the latter question is: self-respect and the desire for the respect of others—while in the meantime it is precisely those who think they have divine permission who are truly capable of any atrocity—so the answer to the first question falls into two parts. A life that partakes even a little of friendship, love, irony, humor, parenthood, literature, and music, and the chance to take part in battles for the liberation of others cannot be called 'meaningless' except if the person living it is also an existentialist and elects to call it so. It could be that all existence is a pointless joke, but it is not in fact possible to live one's everyday life as if this were so. Whereas if one sought to define meaninglessness and futility, the idea that a human life should be expended in the guilty, fearful, self-obsessed propitiation of supernatural nonentities… but there, there. Enough.”
    Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

  • #8
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “You know these things as thoughts, but your thoughts are not your experiences, they are an echo and after-effect of your experiences: as when your room trembles whe na carriage goes past. I however am sitting in the carriage, and often I am the carriage itself.
    Ina man who thinks like this, the dichotomy between thinking and feeling, intellect and passion, has really disappeared. He feels his thoughts. He can fall in love with an idea. An idea can make him ill.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • #9
    Hermann Hesse
    “Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.”
    Hermann Hesse, Gertrude

  • #10
    Ernest Becker
    “The road to creativity passes so close to the madhouse and often detours or ends there.”
    Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

  • #11
    Albert Camus
    “Nothing, nothing mattered, and I knew why. So did he. Throughout the whole absurd life I'd lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere deep in my future, across years that were still to come, and as it passed, this wind leveled whatever was offered to me at the time, in years no more real than the ones I was living. What did other people's deaths or a mother's love matter to me; what did his God or the lives people choose or the fate they think they elect matter to me when we're all elected by the same fate, me and billions of privileged people like him who also called themselves my brothers? Couldn't he see, couldn't he see that? Everybody was privileged. There were only privileged people. The others would all be condemned one day. And he would be condemned, too.”
    Albert Camus, The Stranger
    tags: life

  • #12
    Arthur Schopenhauer
    “So the problem is not so much to see what nobody has yet seen, as to think what nobody has yet thought concerning that which everybody sees.”
    Arthur Schopenhauer

  • #13
    Ray Bradbury
    “If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #14
    Ray Bradbury
    “Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I'm one of them.”
    Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

  • #15
    Ray Bradbury
    “With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word 'intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #16
    Ray Bradbury
    “We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #17
    Ray Bradbury
    “And when he died, I suddenly realized I wasn’t crying for him at all, but for the things he did. I cried because he would never do them again, he would never carve another piece of wood or help us raise doves and pigeons in the backyard or play the violin the way he did, or tell us jokes the way he did. He was part of us and when he died, all the actions stopped dead and there was no one to do them the way he did. He was individual. He was an important man. I’ve never gotten over his death. Often I think what wonderful carvings never came to birth because he died. How many jokes are missing from the world, and how many homing pigeons untouched by his hands? He shaped the world. He did things to the world. The world was bankrupted of ten million fine actions the night he passed on.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #18
    Ray Bradbury
    “Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.”
    Ray Bradbury

  • #19
    Ray Bradbury
    “I don't talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #20
    Ray Bradbury
    “The minute you get a religion you stop thinking. Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas.”
    Ray Bradbury, The October Country

  • #21
    Ray Bradbury
    “Nobody listens anymore. I can't talk to the walls because they're yelling at me, I can't talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough it'll make sense. And I want you to teach me to understand what I read.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #22
    Ray Bradbury
    “Death doesn't exist. It never did, it never will. But we've drawn so many pictures of it, so many years, trying to pin it down, comprehend it, we've got to thinking of it as an entity, strangely alive and greedy. All it is, however, is a stopped watch, a loss, an end, a darkness. Nothing.”
    Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • #23
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.”
    H. P. Lovecraft

  • #24
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”
    H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature

  • #25
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “I couldn't live a week without a private library - indeed, I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”
    H. P. Lovecraft

  • #26
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “Religion is still useful among the herd - that it helps their orderly conduct as nothing else could. The crude human animal is in-eradicably superstitious, and there is every biological reason why they should be.
    Take away his Christian god and saints, and he will worship something else...”
    H.P. Lovecraft

  • #27
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “Contrary to what you may assume, I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist- that is, I don't make the mistake of thinking that the... cosmos... gives a damn one way or the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy.”
    H. P. Lovecraft

  • #28
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”
    H.P. Lovecraft
    tags: life

  • #29
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from everyday life.”
    H.P. Lovecraft

  • #30
    H.P. Lovecraft
    “Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness.”
    H.P. Lovecraft

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