"Maybe there is no sublime; only the shining of the amnion's tatters." -- Galway Kinnell, "Oatmeal"
"How ridiculous, and what a stranger he is who is surprised at anything which happens in life." -- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"Do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth." -- Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
"I explained that most great works of the imagination were meant to make you feel like a stranger in your own home. The best fiction always forced us to question what we took for granted. It questioned traditions and expectations when they seemed too immutable. I told my students I wanted them in their readings to consider in what ways these works unsettled them, made them a little uneasy, made them look around and consider the world, like Alice in Wonderland, through different eyes." - Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
"Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for Joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and joy you have not yet begun to live." -- Thomas Merton, quoted at http://www.gratefulness.org/
Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time. –- John Donne
"All stories about love begin with a certain amount of rationalization." -- Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck