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  • #1
    David Mitchell
    “Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity and principals of uncertainty. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we
    imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. That each point of intersection, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Proposition, I have fallen in love with Luisa Rey. Is this possible? I just met her and yet, I feel like something important has happened to me.”
    David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

  • #2
    Frank Herbert
    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
    Frank Herbert, Dune

  • #3
    Rabindranath Tagore
    “Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are
    Those who speak to me do not know that my heart is full with your unspoken words
    Those who crowd in my path do not know that I am walking alone with you
    Those who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart”
    R. Tagore

  • #4
    Allen Ginsberg
    “Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.”
    Allen Ginsberg

  • #5
    James L. White
    “It’s dark. You exhale a fist of memory. I love you like weathering wood in a room of empty pianos. When you return to something you love, it’s already beyond repair. You wear it broken.”
    James L. White

  • #6
    John Steinbeck
    “All great and precious things are lonely.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #7
    Lena Dunham
    “You will find,” she says, “that there’s a certain grace to having your heart broken.”
    Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

  • #8
    John Green
    “You do not immortalize the lost by writing about them. Language buries, but does not resurrect.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #9
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “With her Florentino Ariza learned what he had already experienced many times without realizing it: that one can be in love with several people at the same time, feel the same sorrow with each, and not betray any of them. Alone in the midst of the crowd on the pier, he said to himself in a flash of anger: 'My heart has more rooms than a whorehouse.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
    tags: love

  • #10
    Hunter S. Thompson
    “We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
    Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.”
    Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • #11
    Richard Siken
    “You play along, because you want to die for love, you always have.”
    Richard Siken
    tags: love

  • #12
    Wallace Stevens
    “Reality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.”
    Wallace Stevens, The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination

  • #13
    John Green
    “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #14
    Dante Alighieri
    “There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.”
    Dante Alighieri

  • #15
    John Green
    “There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #16
    Paulo Coelho
    “Love, too, was just a question of time”
    Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

  • #17
    Jack London
    “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
    Jack London

  • #18
    Henry Rollins
    “You are beautiful like demolition. Just the thought of you draws my knuckles white. I don’t need a god. I have you and your beautiful mouth, your hands holding onto me, the nails leaving unfelt wounds, your hot breath on my neck. The taste of your saliva. The darkness is ours. The nights belong to us. Everything we do is secret. Nothing we do will ever be understood; we will be feared and kept well away from. It will be the stuff of legend, endless discussion and limitless inspiration for the brave of heart. It’s you and me in this room, on this floor. Beyond life, beyond morality. We are gleaming animals painted in moonlit sweat glow. Our eyes turn to jewels and everything we do is an example of spontaneous perfection. I have been waiting all my life to be with you. My heart slams against my ribs when I think of the slaughtered nights I spent all over the world waiting to feel your touch. The time I annihilated while I waited like a man doing a life sentence. Now you’re here and everything we touch explodes, bursts into bloom or burns to ash. History atomizes and negates itself with our every shared breath. I need you like life needs life. I want you bad like a natural disaster. You are all I see. You are the only one I want to know.”
    Henry Rollins

  • #19
    Jean-Paul Sartre
    “I have crossed the seas, I have left cities behind me,
    and I have followed the source of rivers towards their
    source or plunged into forests, always making for other
    cities. I have had women, I have fought with men ; and
    I could never turn back any more than a record can spin
    in reverse. And all that was leading me where ?
    To this very moment...”
    Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

  • #20
    Mark Z. Danielewski
    “Do not wake me from this slumber, but be assured that just as I have wept much, I have also wandered many roads with my thoughts.”
    Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

  • #21
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “He who delights in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #22
    Graham Greene
    “Eternity is said not to be an extension of time but an absence of time, and sometimes it seemed to me that her abandonment touched that strange mathematical point of endlessness, a point with no width, occupying no space.”
    Graham Greene

  • #23
    Joseph Brodsky
    “...and love, as an act, lacks a verb”
    Joseph Brodsky, Collected Poems in English

  • #24
    Jean-Michel Maulpoix
    “We listen to the inexhaustible chant of the sea within us, as it rises and falls in our heads, like the approach and retreat of the strange desire we have for heaven, for love, and all that we cannot touch with our hands.”
    Jean-Michel Maulpoix, A Matter of Blue

  • #25
    Paulo Coelho
    “By the River Piedra I sat down and wept. There is a legend that everything that falls into the waters of this river -- leaves, insects, the feathers of birds -- is transformed into the rocks that make the riverbed. If only I could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and I could finally forget.”
    Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

  • #26
    Paul Valéry
    “God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly”
    Paul Valéry

  • #27
    Charles Bukowski
    “Understand me. I’m not like an ordinary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul.”
    Charles Bukowski

  • #28
    A.S. Byatt
    “Think of this - that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other.”
    A.S. Byatt, Possession

  • #29
    Deepak Chopra
    “Don't try to steer the river.”
    Deepak Chopra

  • #30
    Sherman Alexie
    “He loved her, of course, but better than that, he chose her, day after day. Choice: that was the thing.”
    Sherman Alexie, The Toughest Indian in the World

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