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Paul Verlaine

You, memory; absence, me, that tide And time record. Ah, by your side To live again, undying! Aye, To live again! But ma petite, Now nothingness, cold, owns my flesh… Will your love keep my memory fresh? — Paul Verlaine, from “Last Hope,” One Hundred and One Poems by Paul Verlaine: A Bilingual Edition trans.… Continue reading Paul Verlaine

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Alexandre Dumas

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. —Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo. . (Penguin Classics; Reissue edition May 27, 2003) Originally published 1844.

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Courtney Maum

You love people. They disappoint you. But sometimes, they don’t. They just keep loving you, right through it all, waiting for you to wake up and appreciate them. To say, ‘I love you. I’ve always loved you back.’ — Courtney Maum, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You. (Touchstone, June 10, 2014)

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