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Charles Bukowski

Everywhere, Everywhere amazing, how grimly we hold onto our misery, ever defensive, thwarted by the forces. amazing, the energy we burn fueling our anger. amazing, how one moment we can be snarling like a beast, then a few moments later, forgetting what or why. not hours of this or days or months or years of… Continue reading Charles Bukowski

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Jeanette Winterson

I was happy but happy is an adult word. You don’t have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not. Adults talk about being happy because largely they are not. Talking about it is the same as trying to catch the wind. Much easier to let it blow… Continue reading Jeanette Winterson

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Kazuo Ishiguro

What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us… Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro

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T.S. Eliot

Because I know that time is always time and place is always and only place and what is actual is actual only for one time and only for one place I rejoice that things are as they are. — T.S. Eliot, from “Ash Wednesday,” Collected Poems 1909-1962. (Faber & Faber Limited 1963)

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E. M. Forster

There is a certain amount of kindness, just as there is a certain amount of light,” he continued in measured tones. “We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do… Continue reading E. M. Forster

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