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Haruki Murakami

Here she is, all mine, trying her best to give me all she can. How could I ever hurt her? But I didn’t understand then. That I could hurt somebody so badly she would never recover. That a person can, just by living, damage another human being beyond repair. ― Haruki Murakami, South of the… Continue reading Haruki Murakami

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Mary Oliver,

And then I feel the sun itself as it blazes over the hills, like a million flowers on fire — clearly I’m not needed, yet I feel myself turning into something of inexplicable value. — Mary Oliver, ”The Buddha’s Last Instruction,” House of Light. (Beacon Press; Later Printing edition April 8, 1992) Originally published 1990.

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever knows he is deep, strives for clarity; whoever would like to appear deep to the crowd, strives for obscurity. For the crowd considers anything deep if only it cannot see to the bottom: the crowd is so timid and afraid of going into the water. —  Friedrich Nietzsche, Basic Writings of Nietzsche. (Modern Library;… Continue reading Friedrich Nietzsche

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Ocean Vuong

To keep & be kept.                        The way a field                        turns its secrets into peonies.                        The way light                        keeps its shadow by swallowing it. — Ocean Vuong, from “Into the Breach.” Boston Review: Poet’s Sampler, September 08, 2014

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