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Italo Calvino
“Don't be amazed if you see my eyes always wandering. In fact, this is my way of reading, and it is only in this way that reading proves fruitful to me. If a book truly interests me, I cannot follow it for more than a few lines before my mind, having seized on a thought that the text suggests to it, or a feeling, or a question, or an image, goes off on a tangent and springs from thought to thought, from image to image, in an itinerary of reasonings and fantasies that I feel the need to pursue to the end, moving away from the book until I have lost sight of it. The stimulus of reading is indispensable to me, and of meaty reading, even if, of every book, I manage to read no more than a few pages. But those few pages already enclose for me whole universes, which I can never exhaust.”
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

E.E. Cummings

"If freckles were lovely, and day was night,
And measles were nice and a lie warn't a lie,
Life would be delight,--
But things couldn't go right
For in such a sad plight
I wouldn't be I.

If earth was heaven and now was hence,
And past was present, and false was true,
There might be some sense
But I'd be in suspense
For on such a pretense
You wouldn't be you.

If fear was plucky, and globes were square,
And dirt was cleanly and tears were glee
Things would seem fair,--
Yet they'd all despair,
For if here was there
We wouldn't be we.”
E.E. Cummings

Sidney Sheldon
“If. A two-letter word for futility.”
Sidney Sheldon, Master of the Game
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D.J. MacHale
“Whenever you look back and say "if" you know you're in trouble. There is no such thing as "if". The only thing that matters is what really happened.”
D.J. MacHale, The Merchant of Death

Gayle Forman
“Sometimes we meet people and are so symbiotic with them, it’s as if we are one person, with one mind, one destiny.”
Gayle Forman, I Was Here

Mahmoud Darwish
“Life to the last drop
If someone said to me again: ‘Supposing you were to die tomorrow, what would you do?’ I wouldn’t need any time to reply. If I felt drowsy, I would sleep. If I was thirsty, I would drink. If I was writing, I might like what I was writing and ignore the question. If I was having lunch, I would add a little mustard and pepper to the slice of grilled meat. If I was shaving, I might cut my earlobe. If I was kissing my girlfriend, I would devour her lips as if they were figs. If I was reading, I would skip a few pages. If I was peeling an onion, I would shed a few tears. If I was walking, I would continue walking at a slower pace. If I existed, as I do now, then I wouldn’t think about not existing. If I didn’t exist, then the question wouldn’t bother me. If I was listening to Mozart, I would already be close to the realms of the angels. If I was asleep, I would carry on sleeping and dream blissfully of gardenias. If I was laughing, I would cut my laughter by half out of respect for the information. What else could I do, even if I was braver than an idiot and stronger than Hercules?”
Mahmoud Darwish, A River Dies of Thirst: Journals
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“Wisdom is not in having resources, it's in knowing how to use them, when to use them & if to use them.”
TemitOpe Ibrahim

Craig Groeschel
“If you pour everything you have into this life, this world, which is temporary and fading, you're jeopardizing your relationship with God, the only thing that's eternal.”
Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working

“If you believe all those who are urging you to give up are wrong, prove them wrong!”
Nabil N. Jamal

E.A. Bucchianeri
“If. If. If this all happened! I, F, - he had to hang on to those two little letters, just one tiny two letter word. If. So much hope and dread hung in the balance on those two little blips in the alphabet! A chasm in fact!”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

Christina Engela
“If being transgender were a job, no-one would apply.

Imagine actually applying to be an outcast everywhere you go, feeling out of place even inside your own body, even when looking in a mirror, at old family photo albums, being continually denied by family members you held dear, being barely recognized or even acknowledged by old acquaintances, school or college friends, and taking the brunt of bigotry and spitefulness from colleagues and supervisors?

Does being excluded from family events, work parties, and being constantly attacked by religious groups and people sound like fun? How about constantly wondering if you will wake up with civil rights the next morning, or if you will be arrested or beaten up or murdered in the streets by someone you don’t know, or in your own home by someone you do know? How about the likelihood that your family would dress your dead body as someone else they would prefer you to have been for your memorial service, while dead-naming you and disrespecting the person you were and the things you had accomplished in your life? Sound like the job for you? Apply within.

If there was a CHOICE, then my dears, EVERYONE would walk away.”
Christina Engela, Pearls Before Swine

Christina Engela
“If you stick your head in the sand like an ostrich, pretending you don't exist – why get upset when the world agrees with you?”
Christina Engela, Pearls Before Swine

Anthony T. Hincks
“If, is a word full of excuses”
Anthony T. Hincks

Craig Groeschel
“If you had a friend you refused to talk to, eventually you couldn't keep calling that person a friend anymore.”
Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working

Craig Groeschel
“I can promise you this: If you really, sincerely, genuinely want God back, He hasn't moved. He's still there, just like always, ready to bear-hug you again, just like in the old days.”
Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working

Deyth Banger
“Lesson after lesson, that's Deeper Level... if you can amplified it... apply it... and to recall it... you have successful learnt it.”
Deyth Banger, Deeper Level C#N

Deyth Banger
“The idea is to don't stop... if you have started... don't stop... 24/7 Read books = You just made a official circle... (1 day life)”
Deyth Banger, Reddit Collection

Craig Groeschel
“If we're honest with ourselves, most of us know the one thing we lack.”
Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working

“We cannot force others to behave differently if they disagree with us; but if we change what we are saying or doing they will respond differently.”
Nabil N. Jamal

Saim .A. Cheeda
“If it is worth the pain. If it is worth the anguish. Then leave me lying in agony.”
Saim .A. Cheeda

Deyth Banger
“Something did happen, and I really don't feel proud of it.”
Deyth Banger
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Deyth Banger
“Don't talk or speak... if you do that... you have been socially manipulated. - Do you know the twisty part of this whole story?


That if you don't do it... you are again in deep shit.”
Deyth Banger
tags: are, don-t, if, know, shit, you

Deyth Banger
“What if "No"… means "Yes" and by itself it's a rape fantasy.”
Deyth Banger

Christina Engela
“If a science, such as archaeology or palaeontology, has reached a point where it rejects apparent evidence not on its own failings or lack of merit, but solely on the basis that it challenges the current perception of the past or upsets a carefully constructed framework or timeline, or view held by a ruling body – it has become a belief-based system, not an evidence-based system, and has abandoned reason and scientific principle altogether.”
Christina Engela, Pearls Before Swine

Christina Engela
“If you look outside for fulfilment and happiness, it is a search that will never end because happiness lies within. If you can't be happy by yourself alone in a room, how will being with somebody else make you happy? You will never find anything outside that will make you happy and keep you happy.”
Christina Engela, Pearls Before Swine

Christina Engela
“If all people were to be judged by ‘right and wrong’, nobody would be wholly right or wholly wrong - for have not all people ‘sinned and fallen from the glory of God’? It seems more than a little unfair (and unhinged) that some folks with at least as much ‘sin’ themselves as any gay or trans person, like to jump up and down and point fingers at what other people are up to in their own lives.”
Christina Engela, Pearls Before Swine

Christina Engela
“Do not expect me to keep my mouth shut about human rights abusers and their abuses in the interests of not criticising their ‘culture’. If their culture promotes the abuse of human rights and elevates one group above another at the expense of equality and democracy, then they represent a culture of human rights abuse. One cannot please everybody, so I intend to stand for those on the receiving end of abuses, not those trying to wash themselves clean in human blood.”
Christina Engela, Pearls Before Swine

Christina Engela
“If the people who institute civil partnerships for gay couples think they sound 'just as good as marriage' - why don't they get 'civl partnershipped' then? I suppose because 'marriage' has a nicer ring to it - and that is reserved for straight people.”
Christina Engela, Pearls Before Swine

Christina Engela
“If men could become pregnant – or be legally raped, or understand the unsubtle differences between ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – I am certain they would soon change their tune about abortion and the treatment and trivialization of the suffering of rape victims.”
Christina Engela, Pearls Before Swine

Rudyard Kipling
“(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!”
Rudyard Kipling, All the Mowgli Stories
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