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Philip Larkin

May out of the clouds of chanceA calm wind blow, a bird be sighted and steerStraight for your bough, and its pursuing loveBreak in the air, a scarlet target afloatFor the strength of your striking arrow; — Philip Larkin, from section III of “Now,” The Complete Poems, ed. Archie Burnett (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012)

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man. —  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 12th edition June 14, 2002) Originally published November 1880.

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