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Barbara Kingsolver

You can’t point to the one most terrible and wonder why it happened. If you look hard enough, you can always see reasons, but you’ll go crazy if you think it’s all punishment for your sins. God doesn’t punish us. He just grants us a life long enough to punish ourselves.  —Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood… Continue reading Barbara Kingsolver

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British Culture · Classic · English Literature · Excerpt · Historical Fiction · Paraphrase · Quote · Victorian

Charles Dickens

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle. ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. (Chapman & Hall; Serialized 1860-1; book form 1861)

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Academic · Aesthetics · Excerpt · Existentialism · Paraphrase · Philosophy · Quote

Mikel Dufrenne

For the spectator does not see space, he sees the objects and events; he does not perceive the coordinates with the same cyclopean eye of the camera. With his entire body, desires, and fantasies, he perceives the existential dimensions by which the world is organized. — Mikel Dufrenne, The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience. (Northwestern University… Continue reading Mikel Dufrenne

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