Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.

― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

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“You are always dragging me down,’ said I to my Body. ‘Dragging _you_ down!’ replied my Body. ‘Well I like that! Who taught me to like tobacco and alcohol? You, of course, with your idiotic adolescent idea of being "grown up". My palate loathed both at first: but you would have your way. Who put an end to all those angry and revengeful thoughts last night? Me, of course, by insisting on going to sleep. Who does his best to keep you from talking too much and eating too much by giving you dry throats and headaches and indigestion? Eh?’ ‘And what about sex?’ said I. ‘Yes, what about it?’ retorted the Body. ‘If you and your wretched imagination would leave me alone I’d give you no trouble. That’s Soul all over; you give me orders and then blame me for carrying them out.”

― C.S. Lewis

Thems that die’ll be the lucky ones. ― Robert Louis Stevenson

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“I believe it is the true mark of a man’s character in how he faces his end – whether it be a chicken bone in the Savoy Grill, an oncoming Kenworth on the 401, or a Sindhi pirate’s knife pressed to his throat. An imperturbable composure and a ready smile imply both confidence and courage in the face of certain death.
Mind you, being a screamer has its advantages too.”

― Sean MacUisdin, The Scarlet Bastards

The trick, my brethren and sisters is to enjoy the journey, traveling hand in hand, in sunshine and storm, as companions who love one another.

― Gordon B. Hinckley, My Dear Sisters: Inspiration for Women from Gordon B. Hinckley

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“True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one’s companion.”

― Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller

I had a werewolf morning. Awoke with a rum hangover, imagined blood on the walls, and prayed to god it was mine

― Randy Wayne White, Ten Thousand Islands

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“Oh man sometimes I wake up feel like a cat run over.
Are you familiar with the stoical aspects of hard drinking, of heavy drinking? Oh it’s heavy. Oh it’s hard. It isn’t easy. Jesus, I never meant me any harm. All I wanted was a good time.”
― Martin Amis, Money

Every man with a little leisure and enough money for railway tickets, every man, indeed, who knows how to read, has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.

― Aldous Huxley, Jesting Pilate

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“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time." He looks toward the railway car’s open door, where streaks of dark water blanket the world. "You try to walk in the light.”

― Marie Lu, Legend

There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them – the senses, intelligent companions, and books.

― Henry Ward Beecher

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“Wisdom eludes me yet, but foolishness I captured long ago and to this day it is my constant companion, though many people consider me wise.”

― Kevin Hearne, Hammered

Every man contemplates an angel in his future self ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Everyone of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self..We are not very good at recognizing illusions, least of all the ones we cherish about ourselves.  Contemplation is not and cannot be a function of this external self. There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular.  Our reality, our true self, is hidden in what appears to us to be nothingness….We can rise above this unreality and recover our hidden reality…. God Himself begins to live in me not only as my Creator but as my other and true self. “

― Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

The mistakes I’ve made are dead to me. But I can’t take back the things I never did.

― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

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“The boogeyman sleeps on your side of the bed
Whispers in my ear :"Better off Dead"
Fills my dreams with sirens and lights of regret
Kisses me gently when i wake up in a sweat
"boo!”

― Gayle Forman, Where She Went

Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth. ― Hermann Hesse

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“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Bravado may stir the crowd, but courage needs no audience.”

― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

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“Zaphod did not want to tangle with them and, deciding that just as discretion is the better part of valor, so was cowardice is the better part of discretion, he valiantly hid himself in a closet.”

― Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

It’s meant I will act like less of an asshole, but feel much more like one.

― Koren Zailckas, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

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“Drunkenness – that fierce rage for the slow, sure poison, that oversteps every other consideration; that casts aside wife, children, friends, happiness, and station; and hurries its victims madly on to degradation and death.”

― Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz

And everywhere girls, tumbling from trees like orange blossoms and hitting the earth with sickening thuds. They crack open.

― Lauren DeStefano, Withers.

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“A dead hydrangea is as intricate and lovely as one in bloom. Bleak sky is as seductive as sunshine, miniature orange trees without blossom or fruit are not defective; they are that.”

― Toni Morrison, Tar Baby

The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.

― Stanley Kunitz

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“A Strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sorrow. The idea of sorrow has always appealed to me but now I am almost ashamed of it’s complete egoism. I have known boredom, regret, and occasionally remorse, but never sorrow. Today it envelops me like a silken web, enervating and soft, and sets me apart from everybody else.”

― Françoise Sagan, Bonjour tristesse

Besides, in this random miscellaneous company we may rub against some complete stranger who will, with luck, turn into the best friend we have in the world.

― Virginia Woolf

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“Each day befriend a single fear, and the miscellaneous terrors of being human will never join together to form such a morass of vague anxiety that it rules your life from the shadows of the unconscious. We learn to fly not by being fearless, but by the daily practice of courage.”
― Sam Keen

There were opium-dens, where one could buy oblivion, dens of horror where the memory of old sins could be destroyed by the madness of sins that were new.

― Oscar Wilde

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“It seemed to her as if her body were altogether too heavy for her; she had the feeling so well known to opium- smokers, which they call "clou’e ‘a terre." It is as if the body clung desperately to the earth, by its own weight, and yet in the same way as a tired child nestles to its mother’s breast. In this sensation there is a perfect lassitude mingled with a perfect longing. It may be that it is the counterpart of the freedom of the soul of which it is the herald and companion.”

― Aleister Crowley, Moonchild

My eyes are two professional pickpockets, stealing everything away in my mind. I lose track of the minutes we trample over.

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

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“Time talks behind our back. To our face it’s friendly and logical, never hesitating to give more of itself. But when we’re not looking, it steals our lives and says bad things about us to the parts of us it’s stolen”

― Jonathan Carroll, A Child Across the Sky

I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.

― Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

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“I am the kid who sticks her finger in the light socket. I am the person who doesn’t check the expiration date on the milk. I am the idiot who has never looked before she leaped. I am the girl who is falling apart, right now.”

― Amy Garvey, Cold Kiss

Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down.

― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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“No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, or happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than man could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.”
― John Ruskin

The importance and unimportance of the self cannot be exaggerated.

― R.H. Blyth

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“As a rule the tales which get abroad in the world are false. . . . People always exaggerate things. More so, when months and years have passed and the place is distant do they relate any story they please, or even it put down in writing, so that at least it becomes established fact. . . . Anyhow, it is a world that is full of lies, and we shall make no mistake if we make up our minds that what we hear is really not at all strange and unusual but merely exaggerated in the telling.”

― Yoshida Kenko, Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko

hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic. ― Van Morrison

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“I guess it’s going to have to hurt, I guess I’m going to have to cry, And let go of some things I’ve loved to get to the other side
I guess it’s going to break me down, Like falling when you try to fly,
Sad but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life starts with goodbye”
― Carrie Underwood

“You don’t blast a heart open," she said. "You coax and nurture it open, like the sun does to a rose.

― Melody Beattie, The Lessons of Love: Rediscovering Our Passion for Live When It All Seems Too Hard to Take

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“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child’s spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all its intellectual splendour during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.”
― Maria Montessori