“Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.”
- Ellen Bass
“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say.
They think everyone else does too.”
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
I read my books with diligence, and mounting skills and gathering certainty.
I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life.
—Mary Oliver, from “Staying Alive,” in Blue Pastures (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995)
meridians and vectors quivering.” —Cynthia Huntington, from “Meds” in Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012)
“I believe a lot in instinct. One should never dull it by wanting to know everything. One shouldn’t ask too many questions but do what one does properly, never rush, and never torment oneself.”