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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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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I nothing had, and yet enough for youth–Joy in Illusion, ardent thirst for Truth. Give unrestrained, the old emotion, The bliss that touched the verge of pain, The strength of Hate, Love’s deep devotion,–O, give me back my youth again! ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part. (Bantam Books; Reissue edition August 1, 1988)… Continue reading Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Kurt Vonnegut

And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes. People aren’t supposed to look back. I’m… Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut

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