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Jack Kerouac

It’s not that I can’t fall in love. It’s really that I can’t help falling in love with too many things all at once So, you must understand why I can’t distinguish between what’s platonic and what isn’t, because it’s all too much and not enough at the same time.  — Jack Kerouac

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Audre Lorde

and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive ― Audre Lorde, from “A Litany for Survival,” The Black Unicorn: Poems. (W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue… Continue reading Audre Lorde

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Ernest Hemingway

I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you goodnight. And there’s a lot of difference. — Ernest Hemingway in a letter to his his first wife, Hadley Richardson. The Letters of Ernest Hemingway: Volume 1, 1907-1922. (Cambridge University Press; 1st edition September 20, 2011)

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Jorge Luis Borges

What man of us has never felt, walking through the twilight or writing down a date from his past, that he has lost something infinite? ― Jorge Luis Borges, from “Paradiso, XXXI, 108,” Dreamtigers. (University of Texas Press; 13th ed. edition 1985) Originally published 1960 as El Hacedor.

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