I have spent much of my adult life flinching with pain as I tried to pull out the threads that bound the shadows of my past to me.

Lorna Luft

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“At six years old, Sebastian was small, but the monsters were large. They hid in the shadows of the places where he felt most vulnerable, and like gods of fear, they invoked prayer in him at least three times day.”

― Mynah K., Problem Fountain

The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad.

~A.K. Best

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“Once upon a time, a fisherman went out to sea. He caught many fish and threw them all into a large bucket on his boat. The fish were not yet dead, so the man decided to ease their suffering by killing them swiftly. While he worked, the cold air made his eyes water. One of the wounded fish saw this and said to the other: “What a kind heart this fisherman has- see how he cries for us.” The other fish replied: “Ignore his tears and watch what he is doing with his hands.”

― Randa Abdel-Fattah, Where the Streets Had a Name

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

Water Rat, Kenneth Grahame


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“For what is life but a succession of change; of one thing after another; painful beginnings, fearful setting out into the unknown, leaving what we are for what we have not yet become. We sail forth boldly, keeping a steady keel and a keen eye on the horizon, to reach islands, land whose fragrance we sniff at at the edge of our dreams; and so we sail on, hoping that the next landfall will be our own bit of earth.”

― Suchen Christine Lim, A Bit Of Earth



God made man because he loves stories.

—Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlev (as quoted by Steve Sanfield)


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“There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who want to know the facts, and those who want to make up a nice story to feel better. I wish I was the kind who made up stories.”

― Adriana Trigiani, The Shoemakers Wife

“Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.”

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“Oh how lovely it is!’ she kept saying. Look what a moon! Oh, how lovely!…I feel like squatting down on my heels, putting my arms round my knees like this, tight – as tight as can be – and flying away!” Prince Andrei, a serious man who thought he had given up on the pleasures of life, hears her from below, and “all at once such an unexpected turmoil of youthful thoughts and hopes, contrary to the whole tenor of his life, surged up in his heart.”

― Leo Tolstoy

There’s nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself.

James Lee Burke

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“It was as if, after years of setting aside memories,the pile had grown too high, and had tumbled, obliging her to take an inventory of her life.”
― Loida Maritza Perez, Geographies of Home

“Why,” said the Dodo, “the best way to explain it is to do it.”

— Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865, 1869),

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“Common sense used to be a great trait for one to have, and hence the name, common it was plentiful. Today’s it’s as rare as the Dodo bird.”
― M.A. Bookout