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Walt Whitman

O soul, thou pleasest me—I thee; Sailing these seas, or on the hills, or waking in the night, Thoughts, silent thoughts, of Time, and Space, and Death, like waters flowing, Bear me, indeed, as through the regions infinite, Whose air I breathe, whose ripples hear—lave me all over; Bathe me, O God, in thee—mounting to… Continue reading Walt Whitman

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Søren Kierkegaard

In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant…My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known — no wonder, then, that I return the love. — Søren Kierkegaard, “Diapsalmata,” Vol. 1, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life. (Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition December 1, 1992) Originally published in 1843.

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Chuck Palahniuk

Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.  —  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. Publisher: W. W. Norton (October 17, 2005)

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Wallace Stevens

It comes about that the drifting of these curtains Is full of long motions, as the ponderous Deflations of distance; or as clouds Inseparable from their afternoons; Or the changing of light, the dropping Of the silence, wide sleep and solitude Of night, in which all motion Is beyond us, as the firmament, Up-rising and… Continue reading Wallace Stevens

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Franz Kafka

None sing as purely as those in deepest hell; it is their singing we take for the singing of angels. ― Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena: Expanded and Revised in a New Translation. (Schocken; Revised, Updated edition, April 7, 1990) Originally published 1952.

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