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John Joseph Powell

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being. ― John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love. (Argus Communications; 1st edition 1974) Advertisements

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Anton Chekhov

…and with a burning pain in my heart I realized how unnecessary, how petty, and how deceptive all that had hindered us from loving was. I understood that when you love you must either, in your reasonings about that love, start from what is highest, from what is more important than happiness or unhappiness, sin… Continue reading Anton Chekhov

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David Levithan

sonnet, n. (NOTE ON THE LEAP:  How rough and worn the weight  of flight — the soul, when gathered, forms its own twinned claw and wing, each severed arc, the nape — all grown inside  the body, left. Alone  with loss, life rises: emblazoned air, trembling star of made  faith. The fall that forms in… Continue reading David Levithan

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