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  • #1
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “The summer night was starless and stirless, with distant spasms of silent lightning.”
    Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

  • #2
    T.S. Eliot
    “At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
    Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
    But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
    Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
    Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
    There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #3
    Leo Tolstoy
    “Something magical has happened to me: like a dream when one feels frightened and creepy, and suddenly wakes up to the knowledge that no such terrors exist. I have wakened up.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #4
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    “Whatever is the lot of humankind
    I want to taste within my deepest self.
    I want to seize the highest and the lowest,
    to load its woe and bliss upon my breast,
    and thus expand my single self titanically
    and in the end go down with all the rest.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust, First Part

  • #5
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “For all is like an ocean, all flows and connects; touch it in one place and it echoes at the other end of the world.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

  • #6
    “We must go for walks out of doors, so that the mind can be strengthened and invigorated by a clear sky and plenty of fresh air. At times it will acquire fresh energy from a journey by carriage and a change of scene, or from socializing and drinking freely. Occasionally we should even come to the point of intoxication, sinking into drink but not being totally flooded by it; for it does wash away cares, and stirs the mind to its depths, and heals sorrow just as it heals certain diseases.”
    Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

  • #7
    Virginia Woolf
    “I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.”
    Virginia Woolf, The Waves

  • #8
    “They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.”
    Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

  • #9
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings -- always darker, emptier and simpler.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #10
    Henri Bergson
    “The idea of the future, pregnant with an infinity of possibilities, is thus more fruitful than the future itself, and this is why we find more charm in hope than in possession, in dreams than in reality.”
    Henri Bergson, Time and Free Will

  • #11
    Albert Schweitzer
    “In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
    Albert Schweitzer

  • #12
    Franz Kafka
    “All language is but a poor translation.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #13
    Antonin Artaud
    “Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.”
    Antonin Artaud

  • #14
    Albert Camus
    “When I was young I asked more of people than they could give: everlasting friendship, endless feeling.

    Now I know to ask less of them than they can give: a straightforward companionship. And their feelings, their friendship, their generous actions seem in my eyes to be wholly miraculous: a consequence of grace alone.”
    Albert Camus, The First Man

  • #15
    Bertolt Brecht
    “Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste. ”
    Bertolt Brecht

  • #16
    Virginia Woolf
    “I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.”
    Virginia Woolf, The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Three, 1923-1928

  • #17
    Edgar Allan Poe
    “And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the sense?”
    Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart

  • #18
    Virginia Woolf
    “It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.”
    Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth and Other Essays

  • #19
    Amedeo Modigliani
    “When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes”
    Amedeo Modigliani

  • #20
    “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  • #21
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #22
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #23
    Paul Valéry
    “Poems are never finished - just abandoned”
    Paul Valery

  • #24
    Walter Benjamin
    “The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.”
    Walter Benjamin

  • #25
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #26
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “you must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame;
    how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • #27
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #28
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #29
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

  • #30
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “What does your conscience say? — 'You should become the person you are'.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

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