"It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life." ∞ Terry Pratchett (via observando)
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"It seemed to me that this world has a serious shortage of both logic and kindness." ∞ Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (via introspectivepoet)
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A monk prays for a man who has suddenly passed away at a busy train station.
"He awoke each morning with the desire to do right, to be a good and meaningful person, to be, as simple as it sounded and as impossible as it actually was, happy. And during the course of each day his heart would descend from his chest into his stomach. By early afternoon he was overcome by the feeling that nothing was right, or nothing was right for him, and by the desire to be alone. By evening he was fulfilled: alone in the magnitude of his grief, alone in his aimless guilt, alone even in his loneliness. I am not sad, he would repeat to himself over and over, I am not sad. As if he might one day convince himself. Or fool himself. Or convince others—the only thing worse than being sad is for others to know that you are sad. I am not sad. I am not sad. Because his life had unlimited potential for happiness, insofar as it was an empty white room. He would fall asleep with his heart at the foot of his bed, like some domesticated animal that was no part of him at all. And each morning he would wake with it again in the cupboard of his rib cage, having become a little heavier, a little weaker, but still pumping. And by the mid afternoon he was again overcome with the desire to be somewhere else, someone else, someone else somewhere else. I am not sad."Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated (via wordsnquotes)

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"This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature." ∞ Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (via wordsnquotes)

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"Miraculously recover or die. That’s the extent of our cultural bandwidth for chronic illness." ∞ S. Kelley Harrell (via isabellarainey)
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