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  • #1
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “In the past seven years of love-making he had heard the words "I love you" so many times:
    from the mouths of widows and children, from prostitutes, family friends, travelers, and adulterous wives. Women said "I love you" without his ever speaking. "The more you love someone," he came to think, "the harder it is to tell them." It surprised him that strangers didn't stop each other on the street to say "I love you".”
    Jonathan Safran Foer

  • #2
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “...there are only some many times you can utter "It does not hurt" before it begins to hurt even more than the hurt.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

  • #3
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “I went to a tattoo parlor and had YES written onto the palm of my left hand, and NO onto my right palm, what can I say, it hasn't made my life wonderful, its made life possible, when I rub my hands against each other in the middle of winter I am warming myself with the friction of YES and NO, when I clap my hands I am showing my appreciation through the uniting and parting of YES and NO, I signify "book" by peeling open my hands, every book, for me, is the balance of YES and NO, even this one, my last one, especially this one. Does it break my heart, of course, every moment of every day, into more pieces than my heart was made of, I never thought of myself as quiet, much less silent, I never thought about things at all, everything changed, the distance that wedged itself between me and my happiness wasn't the world, it wasn't the bombs and burning buildings, it was me, my thinking, the cancer of never letting go, is ignorance bliss, I don't know, but it's so painful to think, and tell me, what did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think, I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer

  • #4
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “ART
    Art is that thing having to do only with itself—the product of a successful attempt to make a work of art. Unfortunately, there are no expamples of art, nor good reasons to think that it will ever exist. (Everything that has been made has been made with a purpose, teverything with an end exists outside of that thing, i.e., "I want to sell this", or "I want this to make me famous and loved", or "I want this to make me whole", or worse, "I want this to make others whole.") And yet we continue to write, paint, sculpt and compose. Is this foolish of us?”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

  • #5
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “And she would say, "Today you believe in God?" And he would say, "Today I believe in love".”
    Jonathan Safran Foer

  • #6
    Haruki Murakami
    “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
    Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

  • #7
    Haruki Murakami
    “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
    Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

  • #8
    Haruki Murakami
    “I dream. Sometimes I think that's the only right thing to do.”
    Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

  • #9
    Haruki Murakami
    “It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #10
    Haruki Murakami
    “No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That's all.”
    Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 24 Stories

  • #11
    Haruki Murakami
    “Chance encounters are what keep us going.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #12
    Haruki Murakami
    “Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #13
    Haruki Murakami
    “A certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #14
    Haruki Murakami
    “I'd be smiling and chatting away, and my mind would be floating around somewhere else, like a balloon with a broken string.”
    Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • #15
    Haruki Murakami
    “Nothing so consumes a person as meaningless exertion”
    Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • #16
    Haruki Murakami
    “Have you ever had that feeling—that you’d like to go to a whole different place and become a whole different self?”
    Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • #17
    Haruki Murakami
    “No one could say how long that life would last. Whatever has form can disappear in an instant.”
    Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

  • #18
    Haruki Murakami
    “Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #19
    Haruki Murakami
    “Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous dream. You keep on moving, trying to sleep through it. But even if you go to the ends of the earth, you won't be able to escape it. Still, you have to go there- to the edge of the world. There's something you can't do unless you get there.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

  • #20
    Henri Bergson
    “The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future. In truth, all sensation is already memory.”
    Henri Bergson, Matter and Memory

  • #21
    Haruki Murakami
    “I don’t know what it means to live.”
    Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
    tags: life

  • #22
    Milan Kundera
    “Two people in love, alone, isolated from the world, that's beautiful.”
    Milan Kundera

  • #23
    Milan Kundera
    “Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost.”
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • #24
    Milan Kundera
    “But when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave.”
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • #25
    Milan Kundera
    “The heaviest of burdens crushes us, we sink beneath it, it pins us to the ground. But in love poetry of every age, the woman longs to be weighed down by the man's body.The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life's most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?”
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • #26
    Milan Kundera
    “We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.”
    Milan Kundera

  • #27
    Milan Kundera
    “In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.”
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • #28
    Milan Kundera
    “People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.”
    Milan Kundera

  • #29
    Milan Kundera
    “There is no perfection only life”
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • #30
    Milan Kundera
    “A single metaphor can give birth to love.”
    Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being



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