When dealing with myself I am powerless.
Franz Kafka, Letters To Felice
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''il faudrait savoir à quel point nous étions unies... C'était pour ainsi dire la même âme qui nous faisait vivre''
Histoire d'une âme - Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux
Don't look for happiness in the same place you lost it.
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wuthering heights by emily brontë.
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It is remarkable that different people will have different thoughts when they look at the same thing.
Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room
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One of my favourite openings to a novel:
“If you’re going to read this, don’t bother.
After a couple pages, you won’t want to be here. So forget it. Go away. Get out while you’re still in one piece.
There has to be something better on television. Or since you have so much time on your hands, maybe you could take a night course. Become a doctor. You could make something out of yourself. Treat yourself to a dinner out. Color your hair.
You’re not getting any younger.
What happens here is first going to piss you off. After that it just gets worse and worse.”
- From ‘Choke’ by Chuck Palahniuk
Things go backward. And then, one day, whatever it is we had, it’s gone. It won’t come back. We both know it. Whatever it is she let me have, she has taken it away. Whatever it is when two people agree to briefly occupy the same space, agree to allow their lives to overlap in some small area, some temporary region of the world, a region they create through love or convenience, or for us, something even more meager, whatever that was, it has collapsed, it has closed. She has closed herself to me.
Charles Yu, Sorry Please Thank You
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Nothing on earth can make up for the loss of one who has loved you.
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You are going to be so much more than ‘enough’ for someone someday.
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As the future ripens in the past,
so the past rots in the future --
a terrible festival of dead leaves.
— Anna Akhmatova, Poems of Akhmatova
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I’ll stop before I say what that cannot be said.
Rumi, from The Essential Rumi tr. Coleman Barks
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From Clarice Lispector’s The Stream of Life
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Take care of your loved ones, particularly when they are doing everything in their power to push you away. A broken heart, like a wounded beast, will often lash out at those it is nearest, but that does not mean they don’t need you.
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“now, i'm not going to deny that i was aware of your beauty. but the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. as i got to know you, i realised that beauty is the least of your qualities. i was fascinated by your goodness. i was drawn in by it. i didn't understand what was happening to me. and it was only when i began to feel actual, physical pain every time you left the room that it finally dawned on me: i was in love, for the first time in my life. i knew it was hopeless, but that didn't matter to me. and it's not that i want to have you. all i want is to deserve you. ”
choderlos de laclos, dangerous liaisons.
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Maybe love stays. Maybe love can’t. Maybe love shouldn’t. Love arrives exactly when love is supposed to. And love leaves exactly when love must. When love arrives, say, ‘Welcome. Make yourself comfortable.’ If love leaves, ask her to leave the door open behind her. Turn off the music, listen to the quiet. Whisper, ‘Thank you for stopping by.’
Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye
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If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
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These fake beauty ideals!
Darling, they lead you nowhere
These beguiling Truman shows!
Sweetheart when in the misty dark
they won't express anything.
But the goodness of heart,
Oh dear, the honest strict soul!
It will burn the bridges for you.
Straight Lines by Amnah
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I will love you more today than I loved you yesterday, and I will love you even more, tomorrow.
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I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you.
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