“None knows whence creation arose; And whether he has or has not made it; He who surveys it from the lofty skies. Only he knows—or perhaps not.”
— The Rigveda, Mandala 10, Hymn 129, Verse 6-7
“I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre
“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.”
— Juan Ramón Jiménez, epigraph to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
“People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.”
— William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”
— Stanley Kubrick
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.”
— John Milton, Paradise Lost
“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind”
“Whatever talents a person may posses to amuse and instruct others, be they ever so inconsiderable, he is yet bound to exert them”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, Preface to Prometheus Unbound
“No man is an island, but no men are a continent.”
— Houlet, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal 7 September 2015 (refutation of John Donne's Meditation XVII)
“You are not stuck in traffic, you are traffic.”
TomTom billboard
“For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?”
— Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
“I am not like
 other people.
 I am
 burning in hell. The hell of
— Charles Bukowski
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
“He who chases after parardise will end up in hell.”
— Signpost in Cemetery of Splendour
“Time spent doing nothing is a time without end.”
— Signpost in Cemetery of Splendour
“Disaster is virtue's opportunity.”
— Seneca, On Providence

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