Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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“Families hold each other in an iron grip of definition. One must break the grip, somehow.”
― Paula Fox, The Widow’s Children

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

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When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I was born. With monstrous head and sickening cry And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody On all four-footed things.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The echoes of childhood torments have great power, even when not brought to mind in such an inexplicable and horrifying way.”

― C.J. Sansom, Dissolution

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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.

The sphinx is the riddle, not the riddler. Do you knows what that means? No. Is it a riddle?”

― George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows

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“First think of the person who lives in disguise,
Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.
Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mend,
The middle of middle and the end of end?
And finally give me the sound often heard
During the search for a hard-to-find word.
Now string them together, and answer me this,
Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Genius is not a gift, but the way a person invents in desperate circumstances.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

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“I had never liked, even feared a little, this wild reach of marsh and mud flats where everything seemed turned away from the land, looking off desperately toward the horizon as if in mute search for a sign of rescue.”

― John Banville, The Sea

An alcoholic has been lightly defined as a man who drinks more than his own doctor.

Alvan L. Barach

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“Oh, Mr. Trout…teach us to sing and dance and laugh and cry. We’ve tried to survive so long on money and sex and envy and real estate and football and basketball and automobiles and television and alcohol — on sawdust and broken glass!”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions