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  • #1
    Isabelle Eberhardt
    “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
    Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

  • #2
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    “Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
    Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  • #3
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    “Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it's a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust.”
    Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  • #4
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    “All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.”
    Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  • #5
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    “I saw a new world coming rapidly. More scientific, efficient, yes. More cures for the old sicknesses. Very good. But a harsh, cruel, world. And I saw a little girl, her eyes tightly closed, holding to her breast the old kind world, one that she knew in her heart could not remain, and she was holding it and pleading, never to let her go.”
    Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  • #6
    Kazuo Ishiguro
    “It had never occurred to me that our lives, which had been so closely interwoven, could unravel with such speed. If I’d known, maybe I’d have kept tighter hold of them, and not let unseen tides pull us apart.”
    Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

  • #7
    Haruki Murakami
    “That's what the world is , after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #8
    Haruki Murakami
    “I am nothing. I’m like someone who’s been thrown into the ocean at night, floating all alone. I reach out, but no one is there. I call out, but no one answers. I have no connection to anything.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #9
    Haruki Murakami
    “Knowledge and ability were tools, not things to show off.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #10
    Haruki Murakami
    “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #11
    Haruki Murakami
    “Once you pass a certain age, life becomes nothing more than a process of continual loss. Things that are important to your life begin to slip out of your grasp, one after another, like a come losing teeth. And the only things that come to take their place are worthless imitations. Your physical strength, your hopes, your dreams, your ideals, your convictions, all meaning, or then again, the people you love: one by one, they fade away. Some announce their departure before they leave, while others just disappear all of a sudden without warning one day. And once you lose them you can never get them back. Your search for replacements never goes well. It’s all very painful – as painful as actually being cut with a knife.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #12
    Aldous Huxley
    “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • #13
    Aldous Huxley
    “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • #14
    David  Brooks
    “Plato believed the soul was divided into three parts: reason, spirit, and appetite. Reason seeks truth and wants the best for the whole person. Spirit seeks recognition and glory. Appetite seeks base pleasures.”
    David Brooks, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources Of Love, Character, And Achievement

  • #15
    Haruki Murakami
    “Find me now. Before someone else does.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #16
    Haruki Murakami
    “I'm a coward when it comes to matters of the heart. That is my fatal flaw.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #17
    Haruki Murakami
    “According to Chekhov," Tamaru said, rising from his chair, "once a gun appears in a story, it has to be fired."
    "Meaning what?"
    "Meaning, don't bring unnecessary props into a story. If a pistol appears, it has to be fired at some point. Chekhov liked to write stories that did away with all useless ornamentation.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #18
    Haruki Murakami
    “Everybody feels safe belonging not to the excluded minority but to the excluding majority. You think, Oh, I’m glad that’s not me. It’s basically the same in all periods in all societies. If you belong to the majority, you can avoid thinking about lots of troubling things.”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #19
    Haruki Murakami
    “Even if you managed to escape from one cage, weren't you just in another, larger one?”
    Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

  • #20
    Albert Ellis
    “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”
    Albert Ellis

  • #21
    Claire Messud
    “An inchoate mass of ambition, Julius knew that he had soon, soon to find something to be ambitious for; otherwise, he risked terminal resentment, from which there was no return. ”
    Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children

  • #22
    Claire Messud
    “Was this what it meant to grow up, this vast loneliness?”
    Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children

  • #23
    Christian Lander
    “This is because white people need to show off the books that they have read. Just as hunters will mount the heads of their kills, white people need to let people know that they have made their way through hundreds or even thousands of books.”
    Christian Lander, Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
    tags: books

  • #24
    Anthony Doerr
    “Don’t you want to be alive before you die?”
    Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

  • #25
    John Milton
    “What hath night to do with sleep?”
    John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • #26
    John Milton
    “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
    John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • #27
    John Milton
    “Awake, arise or be for ever fall’n.”
    John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • #28
    John Milton
    “This horror will grow mild, this darkness light.”
    John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • #29
    John Milton
    “Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
    To mould me man? Did I solicit thee
    From darkness to promote me?”
    John Milton, Paradise Lost

  • #30
    Naomi Wolf
    “A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.”
    Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth



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