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  • #1
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”
    Edgar Allan Poe

  • #2
    Paulo Coelho
    “You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you'll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.”
    Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

  • #3
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.”
    Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

  • #4
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “Sugar, it's no parade but you'll get down the street one way or another, so you'd just as well throw your shoulders back and pick up the pace.”
    Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

  • #5
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “I could never work out whether we were to view religion as a life-insurance policy or a life sentence. I can understand a wrathful God who'd just as soon dangle us all from a hook. And I can understand a tender, unprejudiced Jesus. But I could never quite feature the two of them living in the same house. You wind up walking on eggshells, never knowing which... is at home at the moment.”
    Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

  • #6
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “Listen. To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know. In perfect stillness, frankly, I've only found sorrow.”
    Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

  • #7
    Albert Camus
    “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
    Albert Camus

  • #8
    Albert Camus
    “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”
    Albert Camus

  • #9
    Albert Camus
    “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
    Albert Camus

  • #10
    Albert Camus
    “Live to the point of tears.”
    Albert Camus

  • #11
    Albert Camus
    “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”
    Albert Camus

  • #12
    Albert Camus
    “At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.”
    Albert Camus

  • #13
    Albert Camus
    “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
    Albert Camus

  • #14
    Albert Camus
    “I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.”
    Albert Camus

  • #15
    Albert Camus
    “And he knew, also, what the old man was thinking as his tears flowed, and he, Rieux, thought it too: that a loveless world is a dead world, and always there comes an hour when one is weary of prisons, of one's work, and of devotion to duty, and all one craves for is a loved face, the warmth and wonder of a loving heart.”
    Albert Camus, The Plague
    tags: love

  • #16
    Albert Camus
    “In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion."

    [The Minotaur]”
    Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

  • #17
    Albert Camus
    “For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”
    Albert Camus, Summer in Algiers

  • #18
    Albert Camus
    “She was breathing deeply, she forgot the cold, the weight of beings, the insane or static life, the long anguish of living or dying. After so many years running from fear, fleeing crazily, uselessly, she was finally coming to a halt. At the same time she seemed to be recovering her roots, and the sap rose anew in her body, which was no longer trembling. Pressing her whole belly against the parapet, leaning toward the wheeling sky, she was only waiting for her pounding heart to settle down, and for the silence to form in her. The last constellations of stars fell in bunches a little lower on the horizon of the desert, and stood motionless. Then, with an unbearable sweetness, the waters of the night began to fill her, submerging the cold, rising gradually to the center of her being, and overflowing wave upon wave to her moaning mouth. A moment later, the whole sky stretched out above her as she lay with her back against the cold earth.”
    Albert Camus

  • #19
    Albert Camus
    “A person's life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art or love or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened.”
    Albert Camus

  • #20
    Albert Camus
    “We all carry within us places of exile, our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others.”
    Albert Camus

  • #21
    Albert Camus
    “Life can be magnificent and overwhelming -- that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. ”
    Albert Camus

  • #22
    Albert Camus
    “Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”
    Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942

  • #23
    John Steinbeck
    “Don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens - The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”
    John Steinbeck

  • #24
    John Steinbeck
    “No one who is young is ever going to be old.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #25
    And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
    “And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #26
    John Steinbeck
    “Sometimes a man wants to be stupid if it lets him do a thing his cleverness forbids.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #27
    John Steinbeck
    “Do you take pride in your hurt? Does it make you seem large and tragic? ...Well, think about it. Maybe you're playing a part on a great stage with only yourself as audience.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #28
    John Steinbeck
    “He never fell,
    never slipped back,
    never flew.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #29
    John Steinbeck
    “My imagination will get me a passport to hell one day.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #30
    John Steinbeck
    “When a condition or a problem becomes too great, humans have the protection of not thinking about it. But it goes inward and minces up with a lot of other things already there and what comes out is discontent and uneasiness, guilt and a compulsion to get something--anything--before it is all gone.”
    John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent



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