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David Mitchell

I recalled my father-in-law’s aphorism ‘To fool a judge, feign fascination, but to bamboozle the whole court, feign boredom…’ & I pretended to extract a speck from my eye. ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas. (Sceptre 2004)

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Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

She would defend herself, saying that love, no matter what else it might be, was a natural talent. She would say: You are either born knowing how, or you never know. ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera. (Vintage October 7, 2003) Originally published 1985.

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Olena Kalytiak Davis

I once heard a woman speak of her loneliness as if it were a small bird.  […] Perhaps longing is just the heart changing its colors. Olena Kalytiak Davis, from “Should One Prefer Purity To Intensity Of Soul?,” And Her Soul Out of Nothing. (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997)

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C.P. Cavafy

Like beautiful bodies of the dead who had not grown old and they shut them, with tears, in a brilliant mausoleum, with roses at the head and jasmine at the feet — this is what desires resemble that have passed without fulfillment; without any of them having achieved a night of sensual delight, or a… Continue reading C.P. Cavafy

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