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" My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. "
" A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked. "
" There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. "
" Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. "
" When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. "
" Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning. "
" People living deeply have no fear of death. "
" Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country. "
" I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy. "
" There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. "
" Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat. "
" There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. "
" Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. "
" I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern. "
" If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way. "
" We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection. "
" When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others. "
" The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. "
" Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live. "
" Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. "
" It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. "
" Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. "
" If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it. "
" We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. "
" What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship? "
" The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. "
" Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. "
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" Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic. "
" We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. "
" I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. "
" Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions. "