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  • #1
    Rumi
    “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
    Rumi

  • #2
    Oscar Wilde
    “I threw the pearl of my soul into a cup of wine. I went down the primrose path to the sound of flutes. I lived on honeycomb.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #3
    Voltaire
    “‎Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.”
    Voltaire

  • #4
    Maya Angelou
    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
    Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • #5
    Mark Twain
    “Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
    Mark Twain

  • #6
    Saul Bellow
    “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
    Saul Bellow

  • #7
    Mark Twain
    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
    Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

  • #8
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “I have decided to stick to love...Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
    Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

  • #9
    Anaïs Nin
    “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
    Anais Nin

  • #10
    Oscar Wilde
    “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #11
    Octavia E. Butler
    “In order to rise
    From its own ashes
    A phoenix
    First
    Must
    Burn.”
    Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents

  • #12
    Paul  Collins
    “Generally, when a man is rabidly for one cause, and then is just as rabidly for another cause, it is not because he loves the cause: it is because he loves the rabies”
    Paul Collins, The Trouble with Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine

  • #13
    My course is set for an uncharted sea.
    “My course is set for an uncharted sea.”
    Dante Alighieri

  • #14
    Anthony Trollope
    “What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?...Was ever anything so civil?”
    Anthony Trollope, The Warden

  • #15
    George Eliot
    “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
    George Eliot

  • #16
    Charles Baudelaire
    “One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
    Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen

  • #17
    Washington Irving
    “There is a sacredness in tears....They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.”
    Washington Irving

  • #18
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    “The music is not in the notes,
    but in the silence between.”
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  • #19
    Frédéric Chopin
    “I tell my piano the things I used to tell you”
    Frédéric Chopin

  • #20
    Pablo Neruda
    “Tonight I can write the saddest lines
    I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”
    Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

  • #21
    Pablo Neruda
    “Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
    Pablo Neruda, Love

  • #22
    Pablo Neruda
    “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
    Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

  • #23
    Hilaire Belloc
    “When I am dead, I hope it may be said: "His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.”
    Hilaire Belloc

  • #24
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    “I have drunken deep of joy,
    And I will taste no other wine tonight.”
    Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • #25
    Dorothy Parker
    “Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.”
    Dorothy Parker

  • #26
    George Sand
    “Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.

    (La vie ressemble plus souvent à un roman qu'un roman ne ressemble à la vie.)”
    George Sand

  • #27
    Rumi
    “Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
    Rumi

  • #28
    Rachel E. Pollock
    “Down we felt as up we grew, dancing our didn'ts and drinking our dids.”
    Rachel E. Pollock, Knoxville Bound: A Collection of Literary Works Inspired by Knoxville, Tennessee

  • #29
    Arthur Rimbaud
    “I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.”
    Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell/The Drunken Boat

  • #30
    William Makepeace Thackeray
    “To love and win is the best thing.
    To love and lose, the next best.”
    William Makepeace Thackeray



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