"I am thinking of aurochs and angels, the secret of durable pigments, prophetic sonnets, the refuge of art. And this is the only immortality you and I may share, my Lolita." -Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." -Albert Camus

"... and what she was looking for was emotions, not scenery." -Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams" -Willy Wonka in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

“Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

"Under this fine rain I breathe in the innocence of the world. I feel coloured by the nuances of infinity. At this moment I am one with my picture. We are an iridescent chaos." -Paul Cezanne

"The landscape becomes human, becomes a thinking, living being within me. I become one with my picture...we merge in an iridescent chaos." -Paul Cezanne

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." — Anatole France

"There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will." -Hamlet (Act V, Scene II)

"I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul" - William Ernest Henley

"These are all meaningless questions. It's like asking, 'what is the color of the sound of a trumpet?'" -Professor Brainerd "Kind of blue." -Claudine

"There's no time for foolishness." -Charlie Brown

“No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.” —Douglass H. Everett

“Sentimental music has this great way of taking you back somewhere at the same time it takes you forward, so you feel nostalgic and hopeful all at the same time." — Nick Hornby

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” - Henry David Thoreau

"The great incestuous wish is to flow on, one with time, to merge the great image of the beyond with the here and now. A fatuous, suicidal wish that is constipated by words and paralyzed by thought." -Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

"You defend a city lost in flames. Come, let us die, we'll make a rush into the thick of it." -The Aeneid

"There's so much spring in the air- there's so much lazy sweetness in your heart." -This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity." - Edgar Allen Poe

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." -Voltaire

"Common sense tells us that the things of the earth exist only a little, and that true reality is only in dreams." -Baudelaire

"The shadow of the past holds the future hostage."

"I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there’s a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. You wait and see." -Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"It's hot tonight and half the neighborhood is drunk. the other half is dead. if I have any advice about writing poetry it's - don't. I'm going to send out for some fried chicken." -poem by Charles Bukowski

“The trouble with fiction is that it makes too much sense, whereas reality never makes sense.” – Aldous Huxley

"Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold." -Zelda Fitzgerald

"I don’t think that people accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable." -David Lynch

"If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. I’ll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days." -The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” - Henry David Thoreau

"Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives... and to the "good life", whatever it is and wherever it happens to be." -Hunter S. Thompson


"I'm one of those people who go through the world giving other people thrills, but getting few myself except those I read into men on such nights as these. I have the social courage to go on the stage, but not the energy; I haven't the patience to write books; and I never met a man I'd marry. However, I'm only eighteen." -This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.” — Banksy

“Walk tall, kick ass, learn to speak arabic, love music, and never forget you come from a long line of truth seekers, lovers, and warriors." -Hunter S. Thompson

"We take death to reach a star" -Vincent van Gogh

"If, in making a portrait, you hope to grasp the interior silence of a willing victim, it's very difficult, but you must somehow position the camera between his shirt and his skin. Whereas with pencil drawing, it is up to the artist to have an interior silence." -Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Death at length overtakes him, but it is before he is weary of his bootless chase of that complete felicity which forever escapes him." -Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America"

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.” -Albert Camus

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." -Nietzsche

"La caza de amor es de altanería." -Gil Vicente

"I know that I am playing with fire, and I feel the thrill that accompanies that most fascinating pastime." - James Waldon Johnson

‎"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"At the end, all of the world's wisdom is mere foolishness."

"There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there is nothing left to do, and nothing else to pursue." - "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"

"Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery." -Henry Miller

"Without music, life would be a mistake." Nietzche

"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware." -Henry Miller, "Tropic of Capricorn"

"There was a touch of spring in the air, a poisonous, malefic spring that seemed to burst from the manholes. Night after night I had been coming back to this quarter, attracted by certain leprous streets which only revealed their sinister splendor when the light of day had oozed away and the whores commenced to take up their posts." -Henry Miller, "Tropic of Cancer"

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” -A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.” -The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” -Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” -Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

"It was a pleasure to burn." -Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

"Here is the deepest secret nobody knows / Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud." -"I Carry Your Heart With Me" by E.E Cummings

"No standing, only dancing." -Anonymous, sign

"You're only a rebel from the waist downwards," he told her. -1984 by George Orwell

"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten." -...

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