God’s mercy on you degenerate swine. Hunter S. Thompson

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“Women can accept the fact that a man is a rotter, a swindler, a drug taker, a confirmed liar, and a general swine, without batting an eyelash, and without its impairing their affection for the brute in the least. Women are wonderful realists. ”

Agatha Christie, Murder in Mesopotamia

Much hostile and aggressive behaviour among animals is the expression of social insecurity.”

― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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“It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the
addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.”

Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

a boat, even a wrecked and wretched boat still has all the possibilities of moving.

― Dionne Brand, Inventory

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“God wants you to face the reasons why you separate yourself from Him. He will show you what you fear, what you need, and what you desire. He will inventory your beliefs and values, and help you line them up with His truth.”

Michael Barbarulo: Author God’s Healing Hands: Allow God To Reshape Your Soul

Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life

― Kate Chopin, The Awakening, and Selected Stories

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“I remember that I’m invisible and walk softly so as not awake the sleeping ones. Sometimes it is best not to awaken them; there are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.”

Ralph Ellison Invisible Man

A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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“It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are. It is better to lead than to follow. It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people.
She will not be simple and sweet. She will not be what people tell her to be. That Bunny Rabbit is dead.”

E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

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“I watched my mother do what she did best, and realized there would never be a way to cut myself from her entirely. No matter how strong or weak I was, she was a part of me, as crucial as my own heart. I would never be strong enough, in all my life, to do without her.”

Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You

Paradise unearned is but a land of shadows!

Silver Surfer Volume 1

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“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

I don’t have a drinking problem ‘Cept when I can’t get a drink.” Tom Waits

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“One fast move or I’m gone,’ I realize, gone the way of the last three years of drunken hopelessness which is a physical and spiritual and metaphysical hopelessness you can’t learn in school no matter how many books on existentialism or pessimism you read, or how many jugs of vision-producing Ayahuasca you drink, or Mescaline take, or Peyote goop up with –”

Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

Write about the emotions you fear the most.

Laurie Halse Anderson

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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

Frank Herbert, Dune

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. C.S. Lewis

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“I was lonely. I felt it deeply and permanently, that this state of being on my own might never disappear. But I welcomed the loneliness, which had everything to do with being anonymous. It’s never loneliness that nibbles away at a person’s insides, but not having room inside themselves to be comfortably alone.”

Rachel Sontag, House Rules

But all the love in the world won’t save a sinking ship. You have to either bail or jump overboard.

― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

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“God is at the helm even when you think your ship is sinking. Just keep trusting that the captain knows more about where you’re heading than you do, and eventually you’ll get where you need to be.”

Kevin Alan Milne

“I would be unfair to myself if I said I did not try. I did, even if desultorily. But desire is a curious thing. If it does not exist it does not exist and there is nothing you can do to conjure it up. Worse still, as I discovered, when desire begins to sink, like a capsizing ship it takes down a lot with it.
In our case it took down the conversation, the laughter, the sharing, the concern, the dreams and nearly – the most important thing, the most important thing – and nearly the affection too. Soon my sinking desire had taken everything else down with it to the floor of the sea, and only affection remained like the bobbing hand of a drowning man, poised perilously between life and death.

Now the epitaph was beginning to creep up on her. Acceptance. ”

Tarun J. Tejpal