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the waves

‘Let us again pretend that life is a solid substance, shaped like a globe, which we turn
about in our fingers. Let us pretend that we can make out a plain and logical story.’

– Virginia Woolf

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letters to a young poet

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

r.i.p chinua achebe

“It is the storyteller who makes us what we are, who creates history. The storyteller creates the memory that the survivors must have – otherwise their surviving would have no meaning.”

i saw ramallah

‘I know that it is the easiest thing to stare at the faults of others and that if you look for faults you see little else.’

– Mourid Barghouti

the picture of dorian gray

‘Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.’

– Oscar Wilde

the men

‘I have only the reticence of intimacy.’

– Lisa Robertson

poetry

“A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”

– Jorge Luis Borges

jane eyre

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

– Charlotte Bronte

nationalism

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‘It is the magic of nationalism to turn chance into destiny.’ – Benedict Anderson

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