Vivez sans temps mort: Live without dead time — Paris graffiti, 1968

“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable, let’s prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.” — Douglas Adams

Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life? — Henry Havelock Ellis

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” — Lemony Snicket

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything — Mark Twain

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken — Oscar Wilde

The soul forms its own horizons; your soul is darkened, and consequently the sky of the future appears stormy and unpromising. — The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” — Oscar Wilde

“Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.” — Lemony Snicket.

“I’m very brave generally,” he went on in a low voice: “only today I happen to have a headache.” Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

“You never understood that minds are like galaxies; strangers, until they collide at world’s end.” — Letter from a Drunk to a Long Gone Wife, Jack Marx

“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.” — Lemony Snicket

Two things fill my mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe…the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. — Immanuel Kant

“There might be no place for religion in the public square…but self-improvement is an altar at which everyone can agree to worship.” — The Perils of Positive Thinking, Max Fawcett

On the Victorian era: “Who can resist an era in which first aid for any trouble begins with a shout of, ‘Brandy! For God’s sake, bring her some brandy!'” — Michael Sims

Women are made to be loved not understood. — An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde

“Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too.” — Lemony Snicket

“Now, so many years later, I can see the fear beginning to take shape in little girls’ eyes. I see their furtive glances at the magazines, the gleam of something like lust that shines in their eyes as they feed on the glossy pages. I see them stand behind a beautiful woman and trace the lines of her figure with their eyes, holding their crossed arms over their own bodies. I see them searching through advertisements for cologne, shampoo, dental bleach, lipstick . . . hoping to find their own faces.” — Bethany Pierce

“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.” — Bob Dylan

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” — Anne Frank

Omnia mutantur, nihil interit. (Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost) — Ovid, Metamorphoses.

“All lives have equal value.” — Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” — George Santayana


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