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  • #1
    Washington Irving
    “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
    Washington Irving

  • #2
    André Gide
    “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
    André Gide, Autumn Leaves

  • #3
    E.B. White
    “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
    E.B. White

  • #4
    Iris Murdoch
    “Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.”
    Iris Murdoch, Existentialists and Mystics Writings on Philosophy and Literature

  • #5
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #6
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

  • #7
    Raymond Chandler
    “There is no trap so deadly as the trap you set for yourself.”
    Raymond Chandler, Long Goodbye

  • #8
    Aldous Huxley
    “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • #9
    The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.
    “The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”
    William H. Gass, A Temple of Texts

  • #10
    George Bernard Shaw
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
    George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

  • #11
    James     Baldwin
    “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
    James Baldwin

  • #12
    Wole Soyinka
    “The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.”
    Wole Soyinka

  • #13
    Ted Hughes
    “The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.”
    Ted Hughes, Letters of Ted Hughes

  • #14
    Anaïs Nin
    “Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
    Anaïs Nin, Incest: From a Journal of Love

  • #15
    Edith Sitwell
    “I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty...But I am too busy thinking about myself.”
    Edith Sitwell
    tags: life

  • #16
    Edith Sitwell
    “Poetry is the deification of reality.”
    Edith Sitwell

  • #17
    Edith Sitwell
    “I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.”
    Edith Sitwell

  • #18
    Edith Sitwell
    “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
    Edith Sitwell

  • #19
    Leo Tolstoy
    “If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies

  • #20
    Leo Tolstoy
    “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
    Leo Tolstoy

  • #21
    Leo Tolstoy
    “In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
    Leo Tolstoy

  • #22
    Leo Tolstoy
    “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”
    Leo Tolstoy

  • #23
    Leo Tolstoy
    “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #24
    Leo Tolstoy
    “If you want to be happy, be.”
    Leo Tolstoy

  • #25
    Leo Tolstoy
    “When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you'd like them to be.”
    Leo Tolstoy

  • #26
    Leo Tolstoy
    “We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”
    Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

  • #27
    Leo Tolstoy
    “Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”
    Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

  • #28
    Leo Tolstoy
    “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
    Leo Tolstoy

  • #29
    Leo Tolstoy
    “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #30
    Leo Tolstoy
    “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking...”
    Leo Tolstoy



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