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July 2014
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The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.

— Ernest Hemingway
May 2014
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You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.

— Maya Angelou
May 2014
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All the literati keep at least one imaginary friend.

May 2014
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I think of you so often you have no idea.

— James Joyce, Ulysses 
#quote   #James Joyce   
May 2014
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How odd, I can have all this inside me
and to you it’s just words.

— David Foster Wallace 
May 2014
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So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless. We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam. Even fireworks, for all their prettiness, come from chemistry of the earth. Yet somehow we think we can grow, feeding on flowers and fireworks, without completing the cycle back to reality. Do you know the legend of Hercules and Antaeus, the giant wrestler, whose strength was so incredible so long as he stool firmly on the earth? But when he was held, rootless, in midair, by Hercules, he perished easily. If there isn’t something in that legend for us today, in this city, in our time, then I am completely insane.

— Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 
May 2014
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One night she came back from her daily walk stunned by the revelation that one could be happy not only without love, but despite it.

— Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera 
April 2014
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The status quo—massive underrepresentation of people of color—is like a huge, heavy boulder that needs to be moved. Awareness alone will not move it an inch. What’s required is a lot of people to give it a push.

We Need Diverse Books Because… Join the movement here!
April 2014
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What terrible tragedies realism inflicts on people.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov 
April 2014
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Real life was something happening in her peripheral vision.

— Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl 
April 2014
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… what if loving something means you should mostly feel frustrated and thwarted, and then a little ruined, too, by the pursuit. But that you still come back for more…

— Chang-Rae Lee, On Such A Full Sea 
April 2014
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DA LIT MEME(3/1 series or books)

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

April 2014
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Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.

— Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots
April 2014
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I read because one life isn’t enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody.

R. Peck
#quote   #R. Peck   
April 2014
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Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.

— Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking 
#quote   #Susan Cain