And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.

― Rainer Maria Rilke

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“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Never forget: we walk on hell, gazing at flowers. ― Kobayashi Issa

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“Have you ever watched the jet cars race on the boulevard?…I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly…If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows.”

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all


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“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Whoever’s drunkest gets on the drums. ― Al Jourgensen

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“Time is rhythm: the insect rhythm of a warm humid night, brain ripple, breathing, the drum in my temple—these are our faithful timekeepers; and reason corrects the feverish beat.”
― Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

I’m working on my own life story. I don’t mean I’m putting it together; no, I’m taking it apart.

― Margaret Atwood, The Tent


“It’s a strange life, isn’t it? …A Rom with no tribe. No matter how hard you look, you can never find a home. Because to us, home is not a building or a tent or a vardo… home is a family.”

― Lisa Kleypas, Seduce Me at Sunrise