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Yeonmi Park
“when you have more words to describe the world, you increase your ability to think complex thoughts.”
Yeonmi Park, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Rabindranath Tagore
“Unless love is rooted in purposeful activity, its delights are neither fulfilling nor lasting.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Chokher Bali

Atul Gawande
“In the end, people don't view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep. For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens. Measurements of people's minute-by-minute levels of pleasure and pain miss this fundamental aspect of human existence. A seemingly happy life maybe empty. A seemingly difficult life may be devoted to a great cause. We have purposes larger than ourselves.”
Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Yeonmi Park
“We all have our own deserts. They may not be the same as my desert, but we all have to cross them to find a purpose in life and be free.”
Yeonmi Park, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Mark Forsyth
“John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote his first story aged seven. It was about a “green great dragon.” He showed it to his mother who told him that you absolutely couldn’t have a green great dragon, and that it had to be a great green one instead. Tolkien was so disheartened that he never wrote another story for years.
The reason for Tolkien’s mistake, since you ask, is that adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac. It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out. And as size comes before colour, green great dragons can’t exist.”
Mark Forsyth, The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

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