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David Foster Wallace

I’ll say God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I’m not crazy about. I’m pretty much anti-death. God looks by all accounts to be pro-death. I’m not seeing how we can get together on this issue, he and I. ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest. (Back Bay Books; 1st Paperback Ed edition… Continue reading David Foster Wallace

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Ernest Hemingway

If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle… Continue reading Ernest Hemingway

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Philip Larkin

They say eyes clear with age, As dew clarifies air To sharpen evenings, As if time put an edge Round the last shape of things To show them there; The many-levelled trees, To long soft tides of grass Wrinkling away the gold Wind-ridden waves—all these, They say, come back into focus As we grow old.… Continue reading Philip Larkin

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Albert Camus

When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears. Like that sky. It’s rain and sun both, noon and midnight… I think of the lips I’ve kissed, and of the wretched child I was, and of the madness of life and the ambition that sometimes carries me away.… Continue reading Albert Camus

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James L. White

It’s dark. You exhale a fist of memory. I love you like weathering wood in a room of empty pianos. When you return to something you love, it’s already beyond repair. You wear it broken. — James L. White, from “Lying in Sadness,” The Salt Ecstasies. (Graywolf Press June 22, 2010)  Originally published 1981.

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Haruki Murakami

I’m the lonely voyager standing on the deck and she is the sea. The sky is a blanket of gray, merging with the gray sea east of the horizon. It’s hard to tell the difference between sea and sky. Between voyager and sea. Between reality and the workings of the heart. —Haruki Murakami, Kafka on… Continue reading Haruki Murakami

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Ted Kooser

Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations. Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies like a snowflake falling on water. Below us, some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death, snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn back into the little system of his care. All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,… Continue reading Ted Kooser

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Truman Capote

I’ve always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at [a church] window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don’t know it’s getting dark. And it’s been a… Continue reading Truman Capote

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