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Boris Pasterna

Don’t be upset. Don’t listen to me. I only meant that I am jealous of a dark, unconscious element, something irrational, unfathomable. I am jealous of your toilet articles, of the drops of sweat on your skin, of the germs in the air you breathe which could get into your blood and poison you. And… Continue reading Boris Pasterna

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The stars winked at her intimately as they went by and the winds made a soft incessant flurry in her hair. She was incomprehensible, for, in her, soul and spirit were one- the beauty of her body was the essence of her soul. She was that unity sought for by philosophers through many centuries. In… Continue reading F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Blaise Pascal

When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, and the little space I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of space of which I am ignorant, and which knows me not, I am astonished at being here rather than there, why now… Continue reading Blaise Pascal

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Emil M. Cioran

This is how I recognize an authentic poet: by frequenting him, living a long time in the intimacy of his work, something changes in myself, not so much my inclinations or my tastes as my very blood, as if a subtle disease had been injected to alter its course, its density and nature. To live… Continue reading Emil M. Cioran

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