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Frank Herbert

When God hath ordained a creature to die in a particular place, He causeth that creature’s wants to direct him to that place. ― Frank Herbert, Dune. (Hodder; British trade paperback edition 2006) Originally published December 1st 1965.

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Charles Dickens

Mystery and disappointment are not absolutely indispensable to the growth of love, but they are, very often, its powerful auxiliaries. — Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby. (Penguin Classics; New Ed edition November 1, 1999) Originally serialized March 1838 -October 1839; book format published 1839 by Chapman & Hall.

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Chuck Palahniuk

It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace. ― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary. (Anchor September 14, 2004)

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Joseph Conrad

We live in the flicker — may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here yesterday.  — Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness. (Blackwood’s Magazine 1899 serial; 1902 book) Originally published 1899.

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