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  • #1
    Winston Groom
    “Life is like a box of chocolates.”
    Winston Groom, Gump and Co.

  • #2
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
    “A man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

  • #3
    Arundhati Roy
    “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
    Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

  • #4
    “Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess:

    Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.

    Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples' affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.

    Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

    Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

    I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn't agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

    Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint -- it is so hard to live with some of them -- but a harsh old person is one of the devil's masterpieces.

    Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.


  • #5
    Edward Gorey
    “I really think I write about everyday life. I don't think I'm quite as odd as others say I am. Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.”
    Edward Gorey

  • #6
    Ibn Battuta
    “Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
    Ibn Battuta, The Travels of Ibn Battutah

  • #7
    Will Shortz
    “As human beings, we have a natural compulsion to fill empty spaces.”
    Will Shortz

  • #8
    William Gibson
    “Time moves in one direction, memory in another.”
    William Gibson

  • #9
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
    Mark Twain

  • #10
    Douglas Adams
    “The story so far:
    In the beginning the Universe was created.
    This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #11
    Winston S. Churchill
    “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”
    Winston S. Churchill

  • #12
    Rudyard Kipling
    “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
    Rudyard Kipling

  • #13
    Agatha Christie
    “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
    Agatha Christie

  • #14
    Agatha Christie
    “Poirot," I said. "I have been thinking."
    "An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.”
    Agatha Christie, Peril at End House

  • #15
    Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

  • #16
    Lemony Snicket
    “Wicked people never have time for reading. It's one of the reasons for their wickedness.”
    Lemony Snicket

  • #17
    Lemony Snicket
    “Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like.”
    Lemony Snicket

  • #18
    David Whyte
    “Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
    confinement of your aloneness
    to learn

    anything or anyone
    that does not bring you alive

    is too small for you.”
    David Whyte, The House of Belonging

  • #19
    Neil Gaiman
    “She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”
    Neil Gaiman, Stardust

  • #20
    Albert Camus
    “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
    Albert Camus

  • #21
    Albert Camus
    “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
    Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
    Walk beside me… just be my friend”
    Albert Camus

  • #22
    Albert Camus
    “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
    Albert Camus

  • #23
    Albert Camus
    “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
    Albert Camus

  • #24
    Albert Camus
    “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

    And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
    Albert Camus

  • #25
    Albert Camus
    “I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist.”
    Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959

  • #26
    Albert Camus
    “We are all special cases.”
    Albert Camus

  • #27
    Albert Camus
    “Peace is the only battle worth waging.”
    Albert Camus

  • #28
    Albert Camus
    “The most important thing you do everyday you live is deciding not to kill yourself.”
    Albert Camus

  • #29
    W.G. Sebald
    “It is thanks to my evening reading alone that I am still more or less sane.”
    W.G. Sebald, Vertigo

  • #30
    Anaïs Nin
    “If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.”
    Anaïs Nin

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