“Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.”
― Leo TolstoyWar and Peace

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“Poor people are subject to fancies — this is a provision of nature.”

― Fyodor DostoyevskyPoor Folk

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“Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist?
Vladimir: Yes, yes, we’re magicians.”

― Samuel BeckettWaiting for Godot

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“Pray for rain all you like, but dig a well as you do it.”

― Stephen KingThe Wind Through the Keyhole

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“The belly is a demon. It doesn’t remember how well you treated it yesterday; it’ll cry out for more tomorrow.”

― Aleksandr SolzhenitsynOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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“Next time I come here,” he said to himself, “I must either bring sweets with me to make them like me or a stick to hit them with.”

― Franz KafkaThe Trial

“But if you judge safety to be the paramount consideration in life you should never, under any circumstances, go on long hikes alone. Don’t take short hikes alone, either – or, for that matter, go anywhere alone. And avoid at all costs such foolhardy activities as driving, falling in love, or inhaling air that is almost certainly riddled with deadly germs. Wear wool next to the skin. Insure every good and chattel you possess against every conceivable contingency the future might bring, even if the premiums half-cripple the present. Never cross an intersection against a red light, even when you can see all roads are clear for miles. And never, of course, explore the guts of an idea that seems as if it might threaten one of your more cherished beliefs. In your wisdom you will probably live to be a ripe old age. But you may discover, just before you die, that you have been dead for a long, long time.”

― Colin FletcherComplete Walker III

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“Not all roads that lead down lead up as well.”

― Ursula K. Le GuinRocannon’s World

“It all ends in tears anyway.”
― Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums

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“Podtyagin considers whether to take offence or not — and decides to take offence.”

― Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov’s Short Stories

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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
― Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums

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“I sit down and say, and I run all my friends and relatives and enemies one by one in this, without entertaining any angers or gratitudes or anything, and I say, like ‘Japhy Ryder, equally empty, equally to be loved, equally a coming Buddha,’ then I run on, say to ‘David O. Selznick, equally empty, equally to be loved, equally a coming Buddha’ though I don’t use names like David O. Selznick, just people I know because when I say the words ‘equally a coming Buddha’ I want to be thinking of their eyes, like you take Morley, his blue eyes behind those glasses, when you think ‘equally a coming Buddha’ you think of those eyes and you really do suddenly see the true secret serenity and the truth of his coming Buddhahood. Then you think of your enemy’s eyes.”

― Jack KerouacThe Dharma Bums

 

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