“..the only people for me are the mad ones... who burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars...” Kerouac

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“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”

—   Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (via wordsnquotes)

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“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”

—   Edith Södergran (via observando)

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“There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.”

—   Maddaddam, Margaret Atwood (via novelwisdom)

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“We are made of memories and formed by experience. I keep wondering what kind of people we would be, and what kind of world this would be, if when bad things happened we could erase them, or somehow make them sweet.”


Sue Halpern considers the implications of MIT’s research into “taking the sting out of bad memories by switching the bad ones with good ones.”

Indeed, “we” are the sum of our experiences and the memories of those experiences, good and bad. As Henry Miller elegantly put it in his meditation on the art of living:

The art of living is based on rhythm — on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, ‘the dance of life’…

Also see neurologist Oliver Sacks on the complexities of memory.

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“The price of any­thing is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

—   Mother Teresa (via awelltraveledwoman)

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