The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

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My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness.

~Virginia Woolf
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For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

~Carl Sagan
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A few times in my life, I’ve had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few, brief seconds, the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel, rather than think… I could never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I’ve lived my life on these moments, they pull me back to the present and I realise that everything is exactly the way it’s meant to be.

~“A Single Man”
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To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive – to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfilment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.

~Rollo May
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The world’s spiritual geniuses seem to discover universally that the mind’s muddy river, this ceaseless flow of trivia and trash, cannot be dammed, and that trying to dam it is a waste of effort that might lead to madness. Instead you must allow the muddy river to flow unheeded in the dim channels of consciousness; you raise your sights; you look along it, mildly, acknowledging its presence without interest and gazing beyond it into the realm of the real where subjects and objects act and rest purely, without utterance.

~Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)
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This is too harmonious, grand and overwhelming a universe to believe that it’s all an accident.

~Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie)
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