"Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worst thing ever quite comes." Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
"His life oscillates, as everyone's does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousands and thousands." -Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse
"My life is not this steeply sloping hour,
in which you see me hurrying.
Much stands behind me; I stand before it like a tree;
I am only one of my many mouths
and at that, the one that will be still the soonest." -Rainer Maria Rilke
"If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that--warm things, kind things, sweet things--help and comfort and laughter--and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all." -Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
"My feelings were big, sad, comfortless, of a thinking animal, my heart acting like an orb filled too big for my chest, not from revulsion, which I have to say I didn't feel, but over-all general misery."
-The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow
"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations."
"You need not to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, simply wait.
You need not even wait,
just learn to become quiet,
and still, and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you
to be unmasked.
It has no choice;
it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."
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"Everything will turn out right, the world is built on that" The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
"The apparition of these faces in the crowd
Petals on a wet black bough"
"To the waters edge you come, in your lowest
of times. The tide brings its glad tidings where
flotsam stays afloat on its faith in salt." Vladimir Lucien
"Soon it must come, useless as the lament of wind,
that fried for those people you never were, for the gone
and unborn nobodies of never." Vladimir Lucien
"I want to know you moved and breathed in the same world with me." F. Scott Fitzgerald, short stories
"One must bear in mind the odd angle or slant that the rays of love have to take in order to reach a heart like mine." Humboldt's Gift, Saul Bellow
"Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"
Tales of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgerald
"He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it." The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams