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  • #1
    Alan Cohen
    “To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”
    Alan Cohen

  • #2
    Kristan Higgins
    “You asked why I couldn't forgive you," Nick said, very quietly, and I jumped a little. "It was because you were the love of my life, Harper. And you didn't want to be. That's hard to let go.”
    Kristan Higgins, My One and Only

  • #3
    “The back of her neck smelled like a parakeet’s tummy, sweet hay and fluff.”
    John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner

  • #4
    “These fundamental imbalances led them into concentric circles of ever decreasing size: a nautilus shell of their discontent.”
    John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner

  • #5
    David Duchovny
    “Dogs are the broccaflower of the animal kingdom.”
    David Duchovny, Holy Cow

  • #6
    David Duchovny
    “You want some of this?” The dog now angled his backside close to Shalom’s nose. This was not going to end well. “Can you tell they feed me steak? Go on, have a whiff. I would share with you, meine kleine bitch.”
    David Duchovny, Holy Cow

  • #7
    China Miéville
    “But here’s the problem you’re not addressing. While yes we can both agree the sudden recovery of this footage smells not a little, and that we appear to be bits of tinfoil-on-string to some malevolent government kitten, yes yes yes but, Borlú, however they’ve come by the evidence, this is the correct decision.”
    China Miéville, The City & The City

  • #8
    Paulo Coelho
    “And I’m left alone with my “strength,” staring at the ceiling.”
    Paulo Coelho, Adultery

  • #9
    Paulo Coelho
    “What is really contagious is fear, the constant fear of never finding someone to accompany us to the end of our days. And in the name of this fear we are capable of doing anything, including accepting the wrong person and convincing ourselves that he or she’s the one, the only one, who God has placed in our path. In very little time the search for security turns into a heartfelt love, and things become less bitter and difficult. Our feelings can be put in a box and pushed to the back of the closet in our head, where it will remain forever, hidden and invisible.”
    Paulo Coelho, Adultery

  • #10
    Megan Abbott
    “that the things you want, you never get them. And if you do, they’re not what you thought they’d be. But you’d still do anything to keep them. Because you’d wanted them for so long.”
    Megan Abbott, You Will Know Me

  • #11
    Hugh Howey
    “Where’s the everlasting peace? Is there even such a thing? Or do we war like alien races war, eternally, against ourselves? I hope that’s not right. I hope that’s not how it all works. “Beacon”
    Hugh Howey, Beacon 23

  • #12
    Sarah Hepola
    “Addiction was the inverse of honest work. It was everything, right now. I drank away nervousness, and I drank away boredom, and I needed to build a new tolerance. Yes to discomfort, yes to frustration, yes to failure, because it meant I was getting stronger. I refused to be the person who only played games she could win.”
    Sarah Hepola, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

  • #13
    E.B. White
    “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
    E. B. White

  • #14
    “We are highly judgmental survival-and-replication machines. We constantly walk around thinking, “I need this,” or “I need that,” trapped in the web of desires. Happiness is the state when nothing is missing. When nothing is missing, your mind shuts down and stops running into the past or future to regret something or to plan something.”
    Eric Jorgenson, The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness

  • #15
    Alan W. Watts
    “We worry because we feel unsafe, and want to be safe. Yet it is perfectly useless to say that we should not want to be safe. Calling a desire bad names doesn’t get rid of it. What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking it is painful, and that when we imagine that we have found it, we don’t like it. In other words, if we can really understand what we are looking for—that safety is isolation, and what we do to ourselves when we look for it—we shall see that we do not want it at all. No one has to tell you that you should not hold your breath for ten minutes. You know that you can’t do it, and that the attempt is most uncomfortable.”
    Alan W. Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity

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