“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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“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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“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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“So disasters come not singly;
But as if they watched and waited,
Scanning one another’s motions,
When the first descends, the others
Follow, follow, gathering flock-wise
Round their victim, sick and wounded,
First a shadow, then a sorrow,
Till the air is dark with anguish.”

― Henry Wadsworth LongfellowThe Song of Hiawatha

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“Like every other good thing in this
world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however,
it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay. Let us be
duly thankful for that, my dear Denis–duly thankful.”
― Aldous HuxleyCrome Yellow

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“This mountain’s of such sort that climbing it is hardest at the start; but as we rise, the slope grows less unkind.”

― Dante AlighieriThe Divine Comedy

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