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Colson Whitehead

As it often did when I thought about chicken wings and entropy, my mind turned to Emerson. ‘Life is a journey, not a destination.’ Now that was one stone-cold motherfucker who was not afraid to deliver the truth: After the torments of the journey, you have been well-prepared for the agonies of the destination. ―… Continue reading Colson Whitehead

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Fernando Pessoa

When will this inner night—the universe—end And I—my soul—have my day? When will I wake up from being awake? I don’t know. The sun shines on high And cannot be looked at. The stars coldly blink And cannot be counted. The heart beats aloofly And cannot be heard. When will this drama without theater —Or… Continue reading Fernando Pessoa

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Giordano Bruno

The Universe is one, infinite, immobile. The absolute potential is one, the act is one, the form or soul is one, the material or body is one, the thing is one, the being in one, one is the maximum and the best… It is not generated, because there is no other being it could desire… Continue reading Giordano Bruno

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Charles Wright

What does one say? What can one say? That death is without a metric, That it has no metaphor? That what will remain is what always remains: The snow; the dark pines, their boughs Heavy with moisture, and failing; The clearings we might have crossed; The footprints we do not leave? —  Charles Wright, from… Continue reading Charles Wright

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Hilary Thayer Hamann

Since he knew things at the beginning, maybe at the end he knew things too. That we had gone as far as chance would take us. That nothing is more sacred than youth or more hopeful than turning yourself over to someone and saying — I have this time, it is not a long time,… Continue reading Hilary Thayer Hamann

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William Carlos Williams

Of asphodel, that greeny flower,         like a buttercup                 upon its branching stem- save that it’s green and wooden-         I come, my sweet,                 to sing to you. We lived long together         a life filled,                 if you will, with… Continue reading William Carlos Williams

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Neil Gaiman

It is said that scattered through Despair’s domain are a multitude of tiny windows, hanging in the void. Each window looks out onto a different scene, being, in our world, a mirror. Sometimes you will look into a mirror and feel the eyes of Despair upon you, feel her hook catch and snag on your… Continue reading Neil Gaiman

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T.S. Eliot

If all time is eternally present All time is unredeemable. What might have been is an abstraction Remaining a perpetual possibility Only in a world of speculation. What might have been and what has been Point to one end, which is always present. Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not… Continue reading T.S. Eliot

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