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Tarjei Vesaas

Words can cause trouble like large rocks in one’s path.Wrong: Words can clear the largest rocks out of the way.Wrong again: Words can turn into dark chasms unbridgeable for a whole lifetime.We know very little about the power and the destructiveness of words. —Tarjei Vesaas, from The Boat in the Evening (Peter Owen Publishers, 2003)

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Tarjei Vesaas,

The heart is split in two, irresolute between its desires. Yet the boat has to advance … night or day are merely shifting veils to be traversed. Advance with fierce courage. Not for the sake of men. For the sake of insoluble riddles. In utter secrecy the heart is split in two. —Tarjei Vesaas, The… Continue reading Tarjei Vesaas,

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Knut Hamsun

…I will exile my thoughts if they think of you again, and I will rip my lips out if they say your name once more. Now if you do exist, I will tell you my final word in life or in death, I tell you goodbye. ― Knut Hamsun, Hunger. (Dover Publications, November 17, 2003)

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Jostein Gaarder

Life is short for those who are truly able to understand that one day the entire world will come to a complete end. Not everyone is capable of that. Not everyone has the ability to comprehend what going away for all eternity really implies. There are too many distractions, hour by hour, minute by minute,… Continue reading Jostein Gaarder

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