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    This reminded me of Supervision romance:

    "They were like two magnets who couldn’t decide whether to attract or repel."
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    "He also had a condition that was referred to as "granulated eyelids" and it caused him to blink more than usual as if he found creation slightly more than he could accept."

    -The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    “To live is to express, and to express you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation.”

    — Bruce Lee

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    Classy but obliterating insults that made history. Captioned: "These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words."



    “He had delusions of adequacy.” - Walter Kerr

    “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” - Oscar Wilde

    "I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” - Stephen Bishop

    “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” - Billy Wilder

    “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” - Clarence Darrow


    “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

    “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” - Mark Twain

    "Never argue with stupid people. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience." - Mark Twain

    “Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.” - Moses Hadas

    “He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.” - Paul Keating

    “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend… if you have one.” (George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill)
    - “Cannot possibly attend
    first night, will attend second… if there is one." (Winston Churchill, in response.)

    “His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.” - Mae West

    “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.” - Groucho Marx

    “He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.” - Forrest Tucker
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    An addition to your awesome post @Chae:

    I Would Challenge You To a Battle of Wits, But I See You Are Unarmed - Unknown, earliest comparable word play written by Abby Buchanan Longstreet,1866

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    The Jem'Hadar in Star Trek. They wake up dead every day and reclaim their lives. Life itself is victory.

    Omet'iklan: I am First Omet'iklan, and I am dead. As of this moment, we are all dead. We go into battle to reclaim our lives. This we do gladly, for we are Jem'Hadar. Remember: victory is life.
    Jem'Hadar: Victory is life!
    “To live is to express, and to express you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation.”

    — Bruce Lee

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    "You know something? I really hate people! They're selfish, ignorant, loud obnoxious pricks, with basically no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I mean really, look at all they've achieved! Genocide, global warming, reality TV, and just a never ending parade of failures and fuck ups! They are, without question, a complete write-off of a species, and how dare you make me care about them!" -Kirito, SAO Abridged

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    “The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.”



    “I never learned anything at all in school and didn't read a book for pleasure until I was 19 years old.”



    “When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.”






    -Stanley Kubrick
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    ''Alone, they see me as their peer (I am). Alone, they see me as a subject of quiet delight (I am). Maybe I always was, and I forgot that too, left it behind in the wreckage of my performative self. New York exacts a tax of flesh, all the old dark gods do. Los Angeles is a new god, maybe, lemon trees and white-gold sun. Maybe it’s not a god at all, just light and grace until you are able reign over your own heart again. It was my first escape, and this is the city that will be my last, maybe, despite Brooklyn’s long, proud blip.''
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    You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back.

    Vincent, Gattaca
    And each lonely vagrant that crossed their path,
    Felt how his heart grew cold.
    Yet he marvelled at their scarred faces,
    So beautiful, distant and old.

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    'Deak': Why is it, 'Lavi', the 49th 'me'... You're supposed to be me. Before 'Lavi', there were 48 others. Why weren't you the same as them? Why did you diverge every former version of 'me'? Why was being the 49th hardest? Why... Did you come to despise becoming a Bookman, Lavi!? You choose to fight for these temporary friends!? Humans create nothing but wars! They're a feeble species! You know it is true! If you let your emotions get involved, it'd be agonizing, I have responsibility as a member of the Bookman Order!

    'Lavi': I kinda understand... 'I'... was disappointed in humans. In the human world they were always arguing. I thought I was different from them. Tell me... Do you know..? The Bookman, why do they exist? Why is it that humans fail to bring an end to war..?

    'Deak': ...Why ...ask 'me'? I have no idea.

    'Lavi': 'I' am supposed to be you. All 48, and you, the 49th, are but a single 'me'. You are the one asking. You were the one started to change. The one who should go... The one who really wanted to know the answer...



    Lavi is probs 538 with 6 wing, and either LSI or SLE.

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    "When I ought to be thinking of heaven he will nail me to earth"

     






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    "The whole world is composed of opposites, and it derives its coherence from its incoherences."

    — Gracián

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    "If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise."

    — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    Antonio Machado: Traveller, There Is No Path

    Everything passes on and everything remains,
    But our lot is to pass on,
    To go on making paths,
    Paths across the sea.

    I never sought glory,
    Nor to leave my song
    In the memory of man;
    I love those subtle worlds,
    Weightless and graceful,
    As bubbles of soap.

    I like to watch as they paint themselves
    In sunlight and scarlet, floating
    Beneath the blue sky, trembling
    Suddenly then popping…

    I never sought glory.

    Traveller, your footprints
    Are the path and nothing more;
    Traveller, there is no path,
    The path is made by walking.

    By walking the path is made
    And when you look back
    You'll see a road
    Never to be trodden again.

    Traveller, there is no path,
    Only trails across the sea…

    Some time past in that place
    Where today the forests are dressed in barbs
    A poet was heard to cry
    "Traveller, there is no path,
    The path is made by walking…"

    Beat by beat, verse by verse…

    The poet died far from home.
    He lies beneath the dust of a neighbouring land.
    As he walked away he was seen to weep.
    "Traveller, there is no path,
    The path is made by walking…"

    Beat by beat, verse by verse…

    When the goldfinch cannot sing,
    When the poet is a pilgrim,
    When prayer will do us no good.
    "Traveller, there is no path,
    The path is made by walking…"

    Beat by beat, verse by verse.

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    "The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those who feel."
    — Horace Walpole
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chae View Post
    "The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those who feel."
    — Horace Walpole
    Both = Waiting for Godot?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aristotle paraphrase
    The major characters in a tragedy are not average. They are heroes, kings, and gods.
    ...
    The major characters in a comedy are average people.
    Feelers confirmed better than thinkers?

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    The alt-right:

    "I believe that obsessive contemplation of our inhumanities can end up convincing us of the inevitability of our badness, and that we likely do ourselves a grave disservice by staying riveted by top-of-the-hour, ad nauseam “proof” that humans always have steadily pursued (and, the spurious logic goes, thus always will pursue) the bloody businesses of genocide, state-sponsored war, terrorism, and individual acts of sadism across space and time. I agree that if we don’t turn our attention away–or at least broaden our focus–we run the risk of floating further and further into the state described by Walter Benjamin as “an alienation that has reached such a degree that [mankind] can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order.”
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    Music tells us things — social things, psychological things, physical things about how we feel and perceive our bodies — in a way that other art forms can't. It's sometimes in the words, but just as often the content comes from a combination of sounds, rhythms, and vocal textures that communicate, as has been said by others, in ways that bypass the reasoning centers of the brain and go straight to our emotions. Music, and I'm not even talking about the lyrics here, tells us how other people view the world — people we have never met, sometimes people who are no longer alive — and it tells it in a non-descriptive way. Music embodies the way those people think and feel: we enter into new worlds — their worlds — and though our perception of those worlds might not be 100 accurate, encountering them can be completely transformative.

    — David Byrne, How Music Works
    “As a general rule, people, even the wicked, are much more naïve and simple-hearted than we suppose. And we ourselves are, too.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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    'Observe, Chagatai, the protagonist of every work of fiction is Humanity, and the antagonist is God.'

    — Ada Palmer

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    A year ago,
    a lover ago, everywhere I looked I thought
    there was no beauty I could again belong to.
    And now I see that what is beautiful
    is what precisely I have nothing to do with.
    Like this jolie-laide duck skanking through
    the reeds of Echo Park, his bill fat with stolen food.
    I want to trust my own joy like that. More fully,
    I mean, more thoughtlessly and sweet.
    —Kyle Dacuyan, “I Am No Angeleno,”

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    "If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise."
    As a Gay Man
    this warmed my heart. Thank you.
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    When we limit identity to consumer choices, it makes us more knowable to others in this datafied form than we are to ourselves. But being scored through our data also feeds the fantasy that we are essentially knowable, that we can know ourselves completely and totally, taking into account all the implications and ramifications of the various traits we possess. Algorithms promise a simple solution to the riddle of the self, should we want one. They promise the certainty that data alone suffices to make a self — just generate data and you are significant, a somebody, a unique identification number at the very least. One can accept the ready pleasure of consumerism rather than pursue the freedom of autonomy, which is always imperfect and requires boundless innovation in our techniques of resistance. We can learn the secret of ourselves, as long as we consent to be controlled.
    Sick of Myself, Rob Horning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullets View Post


    As a Gay Man
    this warmed my heart. Thank you.
    I found this quote on a site talking about gay people too (not originally, but on one of the search results looking for a place to copy and paste from). Which just reminded me of "Goethe and Schiller are gay!" jokes. You're welcome.

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    All my life I have overheard, all my life I have listened to what people will let slip when they think you are part of their we. A we is so powerful. It is the most corrupt and formidable institution on earth. its hands are full of the crispest and most persuasive currency. Its mouth is full of received, repeating language. The we closes its ranks to protect the space inside it, where the air is different. It does not protect people. It protects its own shape.
    —“Priestdaddy,” Patricia Lockwood

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    Quote Originally Posted by lungs View Post
    what people will let slip when they think you are part of their we
    what I like to call the "don't call me on my shit and I won't call you on yours" dynamic

    i.e.: the road to perdition, ironically recast as some kind of "love"

    I love that quote in general because it so accurately captures how it feels so good but at the same time causes so much harm. its just laziness. hence why "not caring" becomes some kind of virtue to these types. "I don't care, I don't care--I'm safe in my group"--proceeds to do evil shit to preserve that "safety." "I don't care, I don't care..." yeah, we know you don't
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