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  • #1
    Henri Bergson
    “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”
    Henri Bergson

  • #2
    Robertson Davies
    “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
    Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost

  • #3
    Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
    Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

  • #4
    Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
    and rightdoing there is a field.
    I'll meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass
    the world is too full to talk about.”
    Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

  • #5
    Alberto Manguel
    “Books may not change our suffering, books may not protect us from evil, books may not tell us what is good or what is beautiful, and they will certainly not shield us from the common fate of the grave. But books grant us myriad possibilities: the possibility of change, the possibility of illumination.”
    Alberto Manguel

  • #6
    H.G. Wells
    “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
    H.G. Wells

  • #7
    H.G. Wells
    “The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it.”
    H.G. Wells

  • #8
    I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #9
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #10
    Graham Greene
    “The sense of unhappiness is so much easier to convey than that of happiness. In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belongs to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity.”
    Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

  • #11
    Gao Xingjian
    “You should know that there is little you can seek in this world, that there is no need for you to be so greedy, in the end all you can achieve are memories, hazy, intangible, dreamlike memories which are impossible to articulate. When you try to relate them, there are only sentences, the dregs left from the filter of linguistic structures.”
    Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain

  • #12
    Gao Xingjian
    “Young man, nature is not frightening, it's people who are frightening! You just need to get to know nature and it will become friendly. This creature known as man is of course highly intelligent, he's capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test-tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day. This is the absurdity of man.”
    Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain

  • #13
    Joseph Brodsky
    “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
    Joseph Brodsky

  • #14
    Joseph Brodsky
    “Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse”
    Joseph Brodsky

  • #15
    Yasunari Kawabata
    “Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.”
    Yasunari Kawabata

  • #16
    Susan Sontag
    “Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”
    Susan Sontag

  • #17
    Witold Gombrowicz
    “Man is profoundly dependent on the reflection of himself in another man's soul, be it even the soul of an idiot.”
    Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke

  • #18
    Witold Gombrowicz
    “Don't be fooled by your own wisdom”
    Witold Gombrowicz

  • #19
    H.G. Wells
    “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”
    H.G. Wells

  • #20
    H.G. Wells
    “Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.”
    H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

  • #21
    “You too can win Nobel Prizes. Study diligently. Respect DNA. Don't smoke. Don't drink. Avoid women and politics. That's my formula.”
    George W. Beadle

  • #22
    Mario Vargas Llosa
    “From the cave to the skyscraper, from the club to weapons of mass destruction, from the tautological life of the tribe to the era of globalization, the fictions of literature have multiplied human experiences, preventing us from succumbing to lethargy, self-absorption, resignation. Nothing has sown so much disquiet, so disturbed our imagination and our desires as the life of lies we add, thanks to literature, to the one we have, so we can be protagonists in the great adventures, the great passions real life will never give us. The lies of literature become truths through us, the readers transformed, infected with longings and, through the fault of fiction, permanently questioning a mediocre reality. Sorcery, when literature offers us the hope of having what we do not have, being what we are not, acceding to that impossible existence where like pagan gods we feel mortal and eternal at the same time, that introduces into our spirits non-conformity and rebellion, which are behind all the heroic deeds that have contributed to the reduction of violence in human relationships. Reducing violence, not ending it. Because ours will always be, fortunately, an unfinished story. That is why we have to continue dreaming, reading, and writing, the most effective way we have found to alleviate our mortal condition, to defeat the corrosion of time, and to transform the impossible into possibility.”
    Mario Vargas Llosa

  • #23
    Daniel J. Boorstin
    “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
    Daniel J. Boorstin

  • #24
    James  Burke
    “When you read a book, you hold another's mind in your hands.”
    James Burke

  • #25
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
    Søren Kierkegaard

  • #26
    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
    “A man sometimes devotes his life to a desire which he is not sure will ever be fulfilled. Those who laugh at this folly are, after all, no more than mere spectators of life.”
    Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Rashomon and Other Stories

  • #27
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “He measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.”
    Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones

  • #28
    Charles Bukowski
    “Do you hate people?”

    “I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.”
    Charles Bukowski, Barfly

  • #29
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
    Mark Twain

  • #30
    Michel de Montaigne
    “Ease crushes us.”
    Michel de Montaigne



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