Why do you look so sad? Because you speak to me in words and I look at you with feelings.

Ferdinard, Marianne:


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The moon,
a polished scimitar
Upon a black and silken
So strangely large
hangs menacing
Through sorrow’s
gloomy night.
Pierrot wandering restlessly
Stares upon high
in anguished fear
Of the moon,
the polished scimitar
Upon a black
and silken cushion,
Like leaves of aspen
are his knees,
he falters,
then collapses.
He thinks:
the hissing vengeful steel
Upon his neck will
fall in judgement,
The moon,
a polished scimitar

Sweep before your own door first before you sweep before the doorsteps of your neighbours.

(Norwegian Proverb)

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“Should even one’s enemy arrive at the doorstep, he should be attended upon with respect. A tree does not withdraw its cooling shade even from the one who has come to cut it.”

― Mahabharata 12.146.5

For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.”

― D.H. Lawrence

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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP

Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.”

― Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

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Ghosts seem harder to please than we are; it is as though they haunted for haunting’s sake — much as we relive, brood, and smoulder over our pasts.

ELIZABETH BOWEN, preface to The Second Ghost Book

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Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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“For the taking of revenge, a man locks himself up alone and thinks. His stomach must be empty for his head to be full. Vengeance comes a little from the heart and a lot from the mind; one must take oneself apart from the noise of men and of things, even from what resembles them; only the voices of bells and of thunder are allowed. Let the room in which you meditate be dark, narrow and warm.”

― Xavier Forneret