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  • #1
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • #2
    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

  • #3
    Mignon McLaughlin
    “In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.”
    Mignon McLaughlin, The Complete Neurotic's Notebook
    tags: love

  • #4
    Paul Kalanithi
    “We each joked to close friends that the secret to saving a relationship is for one person to become terminally ill. Conversely, we knew that one trick to managing a terminal illness is to be deeply in love—to be vulnerable, kind, generous, grateful.”
    Paul Kalanithi

  • #5
    Paul Kalanithi
    “I was searching for a vocabulary with which to make sense of death, to find a way to begin defining myself and inching forward again. The privilege of direct experience had led me away from literary and academic work, yet now I felt that to understand my own experiences, I would have to translate them back into language. Hemingway described his process in similar terms: acquiring rich experiences, then retreating to cogitate and write about them. I needed words to go forward.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #6
    Paul Kalanithi
    “Verb conjugation has become muddled, as well. Which is correct: “I am a neurosurgeon,” “I was a neurosurgeon,” or “I had been a neurosurgeon before and will be again”? Graham Greene once said that life was lived in the first twenty years and the remainder was just reflection. So what tense am I living in now? Have I proceeded beyond the present tense and into the past perfect? The future tense seems vacant and, on others’ lips, jarring.”
    Paul Kalanithi

  • #7
    Paul Kalanithi
    “That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #8
    Paul Kalanithi
    “Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #9
    Paul Kalanithi
    “Will having a newborn distract from the time we have together?" she asked. "Don't you think saying goodbye to your child will make your death more painful?"

    "Wouldn't it be great if it did?" I said. Lucy and I both felt that life wasn't about avoiding suffering.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #10
    Paul Kalanithi
    “The main message of Jesus, I believed, is that mercy trumps justice every time.

    Not only that, but maybe the basic message of original sin isn't "feel guilty all the time." Maybe it is more along these lines: "We all have a notion of what it means to be good, and we can't live up to it all the time.”
    Paul Kalanithi

  • #11
    Paul Kalanithi
    “If we’re the best at this, that means it doesn’t get better than this.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #12
    Paul Kalanithi
    “I expected to feel only empty and heartbroken after Paul died. It never occurred to me that you could love someone the same way after he was gone, that I would continue to feel such love and gratitude alongside the terrible sorrow, the grief so heavy that at times I shiver and moan under the weight of it.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #13
    Paul Kalanithi
    “What are you most afraid or sad about?" she asked me one night as we were lying in bed.

    "Leaving you," I told her.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #14
    Ernest Hemingway
    “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #15
    Mark Twain
    “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
    Mark Twain

  • #16
    Paul Kalanithi
    “Hemingway described his process in similar terms: acquiring rich experiences, then retreating to cogitate and write about them. I needed words to go forward. And so it was literature that brought.”
    Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

  • #17
    Stephen King
    “Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don't.”
    Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

  • #18
    Alain de Botton
    “What is so frightening is the extent to which we may idealize others when we have such trouble tolerating ourselves”
    Alain de Botton, Essays In Love

  • #19
    Rumi
    “In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
    Rumi

  • #20
    Alain de Botton
    “Not being understood may be taken as a sign that there is much in one to understand.”
    Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety

  • #21
    Alain de Botton
    “Anyone who isn't embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn't learning enough.”
    Alain de Botton

  • #22
    Alain de Botton
    “There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.”
    Alain de Botton

  • #23
    Alain de Botton
    “One rarely falls in love without being as much attracted to what is interestingly wrong with someone as what is objectively healthy.”
    Alain de Botton

  • #24
    Oscar Wilde
    “Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

  • #25
    Douglas Adams
    “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

  • #26
    Anaïs Nin
    “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
    Anais Nin

  • #27
    Jack Kerouac
    “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
    Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

  • #28
    Ray Bradbury
    “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
    Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

  • #29
    Sylvia Plath
    “let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”
    Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

  • #30
    Brad Blanton
    “Politeness and diplomacy are responsible for more suffering and death than all the crimes of passion in history. Fuck politeness. Fuck diplomacy. Tell the truth.”
    Brad Blanton, Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth



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