“A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else." -- Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 [I read 1Q84 a few years ago, but this quote rings true in light of recent conversations, so I wanted to remember it by putting it here. Photo of beach on Inis Oirr in April, 2018]
Droll thing life is— that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself— that comes too late— a crop of unextin-guishable regrets. Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness (Wisehouse Classics Edition) (pp. 66-67). Wisehouse. Kindle Edition.
Dirk: What I'm saying is we followed the holistic road today already, Todd, and it ended up with a man dead. Todd: Wait, he's not dead. They said he had a minor heart attack. Dirk: He's very muchly more dead than he was when he woke up this morning. He's like five out of eight dead-ish! ~ Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Season 2
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. ~ Nora Ephron
No need to live in trouble until trouble comes. ~ Roland, Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower IV), Stephen King
People like Henry always came back, because people like Henry did know how to use. First they changed trust into need, then they changed need into a drug, and once that was done, they--what was Eddie's word for it?-- push. Yes. They pushed it. ~ Stephen King, The Drawing of Three (Dark Tower II)
It is the nature of the idea to be communicated, written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass it craves light, likes crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows stronger from being stepped on. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
The biggest coward of a man is to awaken the love of a woman without the intention of loving her. ~ Bob Marley