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Oksana Zabuzhko
“Taking cruelty for strength is the most common mistake of youth. Youth only knows life by the intensity of its own feelings—a continuous explosive fortissimo with a foot on the pedal. Youth knows nothing of that supreme sensitivity, the true sensitivity of the strong that denies cruelty; youth has no inkling of the force with which a barely audible pianissimo can strike under your heart.”
Oksana Zabuzhko, The Museum of Abandoned Secrets

“Think for the future.
Dream for the future.
Believe for the future.
Plan for the future.

Work for the future.
Fight for the future.
Strive for the future.
Succeed for the future.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

Steven Pinker
“If the past is a foreign country, it is a shockingly violent one. It is easy to forget how dangerous life used to be, how deeply brutality was once woven into the fabric of daily existence. Cultural memory pacifies the past, leaving us with pale souvenirs whose bloody origins have been bleached away.”
Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

“The heart is like a candle
longing to be lit.
Torn from the beloved
it yearns to be whole again,
but you have to bear the pain.
You cannot learn about love.
Love appears on the wings of grace.”

Haruki Murakami
“No one knows for certain what it means to die until they actually do it.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

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