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Howard Zinn
“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Howard Zinn

Arundhati Roy
“Perhaps it’s true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house—the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture—must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story.”
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Marguerite Yourcenar
“Accepter que tel ou tel être, que nous aimions, soit mort. Accepter que tel et tel, vivants, aient eu leurs faiblesses, leurs bassesses, leurs erreurs, que nous essayons vainement de recourvrir de pieux mensonges, un peu par respect et par pitié pour eux, beaucoup par pitié pour nous-mêmes, et pour la vaine gloire d’avoir aimé seulement la perfection, l’intelligence ou la beauté. Accepter qu’ils soient morts avant leur temps, parce qu’il n’y a pas de temps. Accepter de les oublier, puisque l’oubli fait partie de l’ordre des choses. Accepter de s’en souvenir, puisqu’en secret la mémoire se câche au fond de l’oubli. Accepter même, mais en se promettant de faire mieux la prochaine fois, et à la prochaine rencontre, de les avoir maladroitement ou médiocrement aimés.”
Marguerite Yourcenar, Pellegrina e straniera

Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
“La seule chose que nous apprend la mort, (c'est) qu’il est urgent d’aimer”
Schmitt Éric-Emmanuel

Howard Koch
“We'll always have Paris.”
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