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Chinua Achebe

So the songbirds left no void, no empty hours when they fled because the hour itself had died before them. Morning no longer existed.
-- (The Anthills of Savannah)

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Woody Allen

My only regret in life is that I'm not someone else.

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Anonymous

  • Come let us ask life
    To show a way out to those
    who are lost on enless streets.

  • You never conquor the mountain, you conquor yourself.

  • Who can tell what life will bring?

  • Man do what they want in this world--for their personal reasons--lie, cheat and kill.

  • If I fail what I do, I will fail what I am !

  • A close mind is an empty mind

  • There are only three things to be done with woman: you can love her, suffer for her or turn her to literature.

  • Perhaps I will die with my dreams. When I die, please put an epitaph on my grave -- "he passed away but his dreams have not.

  • Half a loaf is better than no bread, but it's folly to be content with a half-loaf.

  • I will trade all of my tomorrows for a single yesterday.

  • Words hit as hard as fist. Watch what you say.

  • The greatest men are the men who die for what they believe in.

  • True reconciliation in Bangladesh will not be possible unless perceptions of collective guilt for atrocities have been erased and individual responsibilities assigned.

  • Beauty provoketh theives sooner than gold.

  • Even being selfish is a psychological self defense.

  • Any advancement oin society comes through educated mind.

  • Memory and joy are intuitive like mathmatical propositions. For reason creates natural intuitions, and natural intuitions are erased by reason.

  • Before Ibn Khaldun, philosophers acknowledged experience and intuition as the medium of knowledge. Khaldun added one more: History. The role of history is to explain past in order to comprehend present and future.

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Bruce Atkins

The tragedy of our time is that after the endless destruction of two world wars, the humanity that is alive failed to carry the beliefs, bravery, and foresights of millions that died without a glorious reason.

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W. H. Auden
Yesterday the installation of dynamos and turbines,
The construction of railways in the colonial desert.
                   Yesterday classic lecture
On the Origin of mankind. But today the struggle.
			
-- (Spain in Our Heart)

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Samuel Beckett

I couldn't have done it otherwise. Gone on, I mean. I couldn't have gone through the awful wretched mess of life without having left a stain upon the silence.

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Charles Baudelaire
Be good, o my Grief, and behave more quietly.
You clamoured for Evening; it's descending; it's here:
The town is enveloped in an obscure atmosphere,
To some bringing peace, to others anxiety
		
-- (Meditation)
One must always be drunk...
on wine, on poetry, on virtue, according to taste.
		

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Jorge Louis Borges
And so, I sleep, some dreams beguiles me, and suddenly
I know I am dreaming. Then I think: this is a dream, a
pure diversion of my will; and now that I have unlimited
power, I am going tocause a tiger.
		
-- (Dreamtigers)
I promise you a labyrinth, a strange straight line
both invisible and infinite.
		
And if she left off dreaming about you...
		
I promise you a labyrinth, a strange straight line bothinvisible and infinite.
		

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Joseph Brodsky
It's fine that no one ever took your arm
and saw you to the door on a dark evening,
It's fine to walk, alone, in this vast world
toward home from the tumultuous railroad station.
			
-- (You're Coming Home Again)
But my heart pounds suddenly when I discover
that somewhere I am torm. The cold
crashes into chest, jolting my heart.
			

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Raymond Carver
He said are you a religious man do you
kneel down
in forest groves & ask for help...
I said not yet but I intent to start today.
	   		 
(After having been told by his doctor that he had lung cancer)

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Geoffrey Chaucer
When April with that showers sweet
The drouth of March hath pierced to the root,
And bathed every vein in such sap
That has the power to bring forth the flower.
			
-- Prologue to Canterbury Tales

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Jacques Derrida

This infinite passage through violence is what is called history.
-- (Deconstruction)

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T.S. Eliot
We returned to our places, these kingdoms
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
			
-- Journey of the Magi
Wipe your hands across your mouth, and laugh;
The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots.
			
-- (Preludes)
Because I do not hope to see again
The infirm glory of positive hour
Because I do not think
Because I know I shall not know
The one veritable transitory power
Because I cannot drink
There, were trees flower, and spring flow,
   for there is nothing again.
			
-- (Ash Wednesday)
So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years--
Twenty years largely wasted, the years of l'entre deux guerres--
Trying to learn to use words, and every attempts
Is a wholly new start, and a different kind of failure
Because one has only learnt to get the better of words
For which one no longer has to say, or the way in which
One no longer disposed to say it.
			
-- (Four Quatrets)

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Euripides
Those who are sad find somehow sweetness in tears,
the song of lamentation and the melancholy Muse.
			
-- (The Trojan Women)

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Rosario Farre

I write to build myself word by word, to banish my terror of silence.

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Robert Frost
Snow falling and night falling fast oh fast
In a field I looked into going past,
And the ground almost covered smooth with snow,
But a few weeds and stubble showing last.
			
-- (Desert Places)
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.
			
-- (Stopping By Woods in a Snowy Evening)
In the desert of the heart
Let the healing fountain start
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.
	     	
I wished a bird would fly away,
And not sing by my house all day
And of course there must be something wrong
In wanting to silence any song.
			
I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
			

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Tess Gallager

And that he was not forsaken. And that I was letting him go. That so far I denied the disruptable world of dancers, gamblers, and lover of horses to which I most surely belonged. But from that night forward I vowed to be filled with the first unsavory desire that would have me. To plunge myself into the heart of my life and be ruthlessly lost forever.
-- (Lover of the Horses)

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Gibran Kahlil Gibran
Your pain is the breaking of shell
That encloses your understanding
		
-- (The Prophet)

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Allen Ginsberg
Strange to think of you, gone without corset & eyes, while
     I walk on the sunny pavement of Greenwich Village
Downtown Manhattan, clear winter noon, and I've been up
     all night, talking talking, reading Kaddish aloud,
     listening to Ray Charles blues shout on the
     phonograph
the rhythm the rhythm--and your memories in my head three
     years later--and read Adonais' last triumphant stanzas
     aloud--wept, realizing how we suffer--
And how Death is that remedy all singers dream of, sing,
     remember, prophesy as in the Hebrew Anthem, or the
     Buddist' Book of Answers--and my own immagination of
     a withered leaf--at dawn.
			
-- (Kaddish for Naomi Ginsberg)

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Wolfgang Goethe

I'm content and I don't like my situation.

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Maxim Gorky

Man become man only through his resistance to his environment.

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Syed Shamsul Haque
Carrying the soul of the swift current
in my curls, i shall walk into
the sea of memories.
In every birth and rebirth
I shall return, a poet, to Bengal.
			
-- (Stanzas of summer and Spring)

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Heinrick Hiene

Do you know why my coffin must be big and so heavy? I shall place therein all at one time my love and sufferings.

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Nazim Hikmet
Living is no laughing matter:
you must live with great seriousness
    like a squirrel, for example-
I mean without looking for something beyond and above living,
   I mean living must be your whole occupation.
	     	

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Homer
Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus,
that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.
Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades,
and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures,
for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled
from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men,
and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
			
-- (Illid)
Patroclus dead, Achilles hates to live
			
-- (Illid)

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Langston Hughes
The calm, cool
Face of the river
Asked me for a kiss.
			
-- (Suicide's Note)

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Eugene Ionesco

It's not a certain society that seems ridiculous to me, it's the mankind.

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Yasunari Kawabata

Since I could not hope to show a bright smile at the end of the dark story, at least, I could wrap up reality in a beautiful, smiling mask.

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John Keats
My heart aches and a drowsy numbness pains
            My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk...
			
-- (Ode to a Nightingale)

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Robert Kelly

When you wake up sleeping with women, there are only a few matters left to consider

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X.J. Kennedy

Hemingway's heroes live dangerously, by personal codes of honor, courage, and endurance.

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Omar Khayyum
Yesterday, this Day's Madness did prepare:
Tomorrow's silence, Triumph, or Despair;
       Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why;
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.
			
-- (Rubayyat)

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Holy Koran
And God made him die during the course of a hundred years and then He revived him and
said:
         "How long have you been here?"
         "A day, or part of a day," he replied.
		
-- (II 261)

Ye who belive! Take not for friends Unbelievers rathar than Believers: do you wish to offer God an open proof against yourselves?
--Chapter 4 (An-Nissa), V. 144

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Milan Kundera

You're beautiful, but I must betray you.
-- Life is Elsewhere

This love has no door leading out
this love is like a wall...
-- Life is Elsewhere

I'm always surrounded by a wal of mirrors, and I cannot see beyond.
-- Life is Elsewhere

But Percy Shelley is unhappy, Percy is alone. And Percy Shelley ran through the streets of Dublin and kept running on and on, because he knew that life is elsewhere.
-- (Life is Elsewhere)

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Laotze
Oftentimes, one strips oneself of passion
      In order to see the Secret of life;
Oftentimes, one regards life with passion,
      In order to see it's manifold results.

	     	

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Li Po
And Li Po also died drunk
He tried to embrace moon
In the Yellow river!
			
-- (Epitaph: Translated by Ezra Pound)

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Federico Garcia Lorca
At five in the afternoon.
it was exactly five in the afternoon.
A boy brought the white sheet
at five in the afternoon.
A frail of lime ready prepared
at five in the afternoon.
The rest is death and death alone
at five in the afternoon.
			
-- (At Five In the Afternoon)

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Naguib Mahfouz

I refuse you because I love you.
-- (The Beginning and the End)

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Thomas Mann

A man lives not only his personal life, as an individual, but also, consciously or unconsciously, the life of his epoch and his contemporaries.
-- (The Magic Mountain)

Moments there were, when out of death, and the rebellion of the flesh, there came to thee, as thou tookest stock of thyself a dream of love. Out of this universal feast of death, out of this extremity of fever, kindling the rain-washed evening sky to a fiery glow, may it be that Love one day shall mount?
-- (The Magic Mountain)

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Death really did not matter to him but life did, and therefore, the sensation he felt when they gave their decision was not a feeling of fear but of nostalgia.
-- (One Hundred Years of Solitude )

He was unable to bear in his soul the crushing weights of so much past. (One Hundred Years of Solitude)
-- (One Hundred Years of Solitude )

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Vladimir Mayakvsky
I'm there where it hurts everywhere...
I am all injury and pain...
   nothing but heart wounds everywhere
	     	

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Czeslaw Milosz
O my love, where are they, where are they going
The flash of a hand, streak of movement, rustle of pebbles.
I ask not out of sorrow, but in wonder.

	     	
-- (Encounter)

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John Milton
Of Man's first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death intothe world, and all our woe.
With loss of Eden, till one greater Mass,
Restore us, and regain the blessful seat.
	     	
-- (Paradise Lost)

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George Orwell

What is the duration of the supreme moment of love? It is nothing, an instant, a second perhaps. A second of ecstacy, and after that--dust, ashes, nothingness.
-- (Down & Out in Paris & London)

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Joan Park
The proper way to prepare a flower
For someone you're trying to forget
is to pierce the stem, invert the rose,
And let the color drip.
	     	
-- (Roses)
Do you think I don't know how love hallucinates?
	     	
-- (Roses)

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Octavio Paz
The water hollows the stone,
the wind disparses the water,
the stone stops the wind.
Water and wind and stone.
	     	
-- (Water and wind and stone)

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Sylvia Plath
You do not do, you do not do
Any more, black shoe
In which i have lived like a foot...
	     	
-- (Daddy)
Dying
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
	     	
-- Lazy Lazarus

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Ezra Pound
I do not choose to dream; there cometh on me
Some strange old dust for deeds.
	     	
-- (In the Old Age of the Soul)

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Amrita Pritam
Your life has sighed
My life's blank sheet
Now it's yours.
	     	

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Rabia (Persian Sufi Poetess)
What is inside me, I don't let out;
what is outside me, I don't let in...
I am a doorkeeper of the heart...
	     	
-- (Doorkeeper of the Heart)

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Rainer Maria Rilke
Everything is far
and long gone by.
	     	
-- (Lament)
Rose, oh pure contradiction, joy
of being No-one's sleep under so many
lids.
	     	
-- (Rose Oh Pure Contradiction)
Whoever has no house now, will never have one.
Whoever is alone will stay alone,
will sit, read, write long letters through the evening,
and wander on the boulevards, up and down,
restlessly, while the dry leaves are blowing.
	     	
-- (Autumn Days)
Your breath moved tenderly
over my face. And spread across solemn distances.
Your smile entered my heart.
	     	
-- (The Vast night)
Erect no gravestone to his memory; just
let the rose blossom each year for his sake.
	     	
-- (The Sonnets to orpheus: I,5)
'We must die because we have known them'. Die
of their smile's unsayable flower. Die
of their delicate hands. Die
of women.
	     	
-- (Duino Elegies)
For beauty is nothing
but the beginning of terror.....
	     	
-- (Duino Elegies)
Thus we live, forever taking leave
	     	
-- (Duino Elegies)
Someday, emerging at last from the violent insight,
let me sing out jubiliation and praise to assenting angels.
Let not even one of the clearly-struck hammers of my heart
fail to sound because of a slack, a doubtful
of a broken string.
	     	
-- (Duino Elegies)

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Arthur Rimbaud
Perhaps an Evening's stored for me
When I'll drink peacefully
In some old city,
And I'll die more content:
Because I am patient!
	     	
If every life is unique, let's live uniquely.
Let's reject everything that is not fresh and new.
It is necessary to be absolutely modern.
	     	

If every life is unique, let's live uniquely. Let's reject everything that is not fresh and new. It is necessary to be absilutely modern.

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William Shakespeare
You are not wood, you are not stones, but men
	     	
-- (Julius Csar)
Put a tongue
In every wound of Csar that should move
The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.
			
--(Julius Csar. Act iii. Sc. 2.)
What is in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
	     	
-- (Romeo and Juliet)
                             Remember thee?

             Yea, from the table of my memory
       I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressure past
    That youth and ovservation copied there,
     And thy commandment all alone shall live
     Within the book and volume of my brain,
                Unmixed with baser matter.

	     	
-- (Hamlet)
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
     I summon up remembrance of things past.
	     	
-- (Sonnet)

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Percy Bishy Shelley
And what were thou, and earth, and stars, and sea,
if to the human mind's imaginnings
Silence and solitude were vacancy?
	     	
-- (Mont Blanc)
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
	     	
-- (Ode to the West Wind)

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Wallace Stevens
Music is feeling then, not sound;
And thus it is what i feel,
here in the room, desiring you,

Thinking of your blue-shadowed silk,
is music.
	     	

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Strindberg

And you were not innocent. We have to answer for all our thoughts, our words, and our desires.

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Alvin Taffler

Now the vital raw material in our society is KNOWLEDGE.

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Rabindranath Tagore
While the rose said to the sun,
"I shall remain eternally faithful to thee"
Its petals dropped.
	     	

My religion is a poet's religion. All that felt about it from visions and knowledge.

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Dylan Thomas
Hands have no trears to flow
	     	 

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Turgenev

Take whatever you wish but never surrender the real you completely. The most important thing in life is to be able to contain yourself.

Learn to know what you want, then, you'll be able to independent; at the same time, you'll be able to lead other people too.

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Upanishad
Lead me from the unreal to the real!
Lead me from darkness to light!
Lead me from death to immortality.
	     	

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Lilian Ursula (Romania)

The mask that's meant to hide my face exposes me instead

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The Veda

Let there be an end to all kind of conflicts.

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Dereck Walcott
I may even understand the contract
between galloping lion and a stunned doe;
there is some yes to terror of her eyes.

	     	
-- (Force)

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Gary Wallace

Have they forgotten the lessons of history that when the rights of their enemies have been wrested from them, their own rights have been lost as well.

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Roberta Hill Whiteman
Your life still gleams
I never let you know
You showed me how under snow and darkness
Grasses breath for miles.
	     	

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Elie Weisel

That I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.
-- (Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech)

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