I think it is all a matter of love the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
Better to have loved a short man than never to have loved a tall.
Life is beautiful. Life is sad.
Lolita Vladimir Nabakov
We must have the courage to allow a little disorder in our lives.
Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Life is not what one lived, but rather what one remembers, and how it is remembered to tell the tale.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike -- and I don't think there really is a distinction between the two -- are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked.
Film is more than the twentieth-century art. It's another part of the twentieth-century mind. It's the world seen from inside. We've come to a certain point in the history of film. If a thing can be filmed, the film is implied in the thing itself. This is where we are. The twentieth century is on film. You have to ask yourself if there's anything about us more important than the fact that we're constantly on film, constantly watching ourselves.
When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it.
The world has no name, he said. The names of the cerros and the sierras and the deserts exist only on maps. We name them so that we do not lose our way. Yet it was because the way was lost to us already that we have made those names. The world cannot be lost. We are the ones. And it is because these names and these coordinates are our own naming that they cannot save us. That they cannot find for us the way again.
A point of great importance would be first to know: what is the capacity of the earth? And what charge does it contain if electrified? Though we have no positive evidence of a charged body existing in space without other oppositely electrified bodies being near, there is a fair probability that the earth is such a body, for by whatever process it was separated from other bodies — and this is the accepted view of its origin — it must have retained a charge, as occurs in all processes of mechanical separation.
If I held you any closer I would be on the other side of you.
I'm interested in music, not in my image. If someone plays something fantastic, that I could never have thought of, it makes me happy to know it exists.
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
The exact sciences also start from the assumption that in the end it will always be possible to understand nature, even in every new field of experience, but that we may make no a priori assumptions about the meaning of the word understand.
Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.
They know enough who know how to learn.
Henry B Adams
The world and life are one.
...and what shall I love if not the enigma.
Giorgio de Chirico
I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you — Nobody — Too?
The time comes in the life of each of us when we realize that death awaits us as it awaits others, that we will receive at the end neither preference nor exemption. It is then, in that disturbed moment, that we know life is an adventure with an ending, not a succession of bright days that go on forever. Sometimes the knowledge come with the repudiation and quick revolt that such injustice awaits us, sometimes with fear that dries the mouth and closes the eyes for an instant, sometimes with servile weariness, an acquiescence more dreadful than fear. The knowledge that my own end was near came with pain, and afterwards astonishment, with the conventional heart attack, from which, I've been told, I've made an excellent recovery.
A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
Jorge Luis Borges
To know is to control.
The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time.
Keyholes are the occasions of more sin and wickedness, than all other holes in this world put together.
Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard.
Edgar Allan Poe
Is it a fact -- or have I dreamt it -- that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upwards on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
A man's dying is more his survivor's affair than his own
Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.
I forget what I was taught. I only remember what I have learnt.
I like marriage. The idea.
I love cats. I love their grace and their elegance. I love their independence and their arrogance, and the way they lie and look at you, summing you up, surely to your detriment, with that unnerving, unwinking, appraising stare.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
A book should serve as the ax to break the frozen sea within us
Men were only made into "men" with great difficulty even in primitive society: the male is not naturally "a man" any more than the woman. He has to be propped up into that position with some ingenuity, and is always likely to collapse.
Percy Wyndham Lewis
Pursuit of happiness, unalienable pursuit... right to life liberty and... A black moonless night; Jimmy Herf is walking alone up South Street. Behind the wharfhouses ships raise shadowy skeletons against the night. "By Jesus I admit I'm stumped," he says aloud. All these April nights combing the streets alone a skyscraper has obsessed him, a grooved building jutting up with uncountable bright windows falling onto him out of a scudding sky. Typewriters rain continual nickelplated confetti in his ears. (p. 365)
John Dos Passos
I read On the Road in maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else's.
I never had to choose a subject my subject rather chose me.
The struggle is to synchronize the potential being with the actual being, to make a fruitful liaison between the man of yesterday and the man of tomorrow.
I have begun in old age to understand...that we seldom if ever realize how generous we are to ourselves, and just how stingy with others.
We can never know for certain where our prayers are likely to go, nor from whom the answers will come. Just when we think we are at our nearest to God, we could be assisting the Devil.
The idea that information can be stored in a changing world without an overwhelming depreciation of its value is false. It is scarcely less false than the more plausible claim that after a war we may take our existing weapons, fill their barrels with information.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome
1. Find a subject you care about.
2. Do not ramble, though.
3. Keep it simple.
4. Have the guts to cut.
5. Sound like yourself.
6. Say what you mean to say.
7. Pity the readers.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr
The more internal freedom you achieve, the more you want: it is more fun to be happy than sad, more enjoyable to choose your own emotions than to have them inflicted on you by mechanical glandular processes, more pleasurable to solve your problems than to be stuck with them forever.
But that was war. Just about all he could find in its favor was that it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious influence of their parents.
The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.
It is often pleasant to stone a martyr, no matter how much we admire him.
Power doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt power.
Neither of us said a word as we picked our way down the path for the next quarter of an hour, and the sky receded to a deep violet. I had the illusion that, as it got darker, it moved away from us, expanding like a bubble, rushing away at a million light-years an hour, and as it whooshed past stars, we began to see them.
The greatest lie ever told about love is that it sets you free.
You'll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.
David Foster Wallace
Science is not about control. It is about cultivating a perpetual sense of wonder in the face of something that forever grows one step richer and subtle than our latest theory about it. It is about reverence, not mastery.
What are we allowed to do when we’re looking for things we’re required to do?
"Hate," Case said. "Who do I hate? You tell me." "Who do you love?" the Finn's voice asked.
William Ford Gibson
Saying you have a political solution is like saying you can write a pop song that's going to stay at the top of the list forever. I don't have many illusions about this, but I'm not cynical about it.
The way a child discovers the world constantly replicates the way science began. You start to notice what's around you, and you get very curious about how things work. How things interrelate. It's as simple as seeing a bug that intrigues you. You want to know where it goes at night; who its friends are; what it eats.
The best accessory a girl can have is her best friend.
He that has acquired learning and nor practised what he has learnt, is like a man who ploughs but sows no seed.
Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them deprive you of interesting detours.
Politics is the enemy of the imagination.
The animals were happy as they had never conceived it possible to be. Every mouthful of food was an acute positive pleasure, now that it was truly their own food, produced by themselves and for themselves, not doled out to them by a grudging master.