There are five ways in which men pass through life: as gentlemen, warriors, farmers, artisans and merchants.

Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese swordsman and rōnin

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Nothing will tell you where you are. Each moment is a place you’ve never been.

Mark Strand, from “Black Maps”, Poetry (June 1970)

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I love unmade beds. I love when people are drunk and crying and cannot be anything but honest in that moment. I love the look in people’s eyes when they realize they’re in love. I love the way people look when they first wake up and they’ve forgotten their surroundings. I love the gasp people take when their favorite character dies. I love when people close their eyes and drift to somewhere in the clouds. I fall in love with people and their honest moments all the time. I fall in love with their breakdowns and their smeared makeup and their daydreams. Honesty is just too beautiful to ever put into words.

Unknown author

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I’ve always believed one could live many lives through the way we dress and the places we travel to, even if just in our imagination.

Ralph Lauren

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Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.

Louise Erdrich

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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

Oscar Wilde

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Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.

Leo F. Buscaglia

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The only real voyage consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes; in seeing the universe through the eyes of another, one hundred others; in seeing the hundred universes that each of them sees.

Marcel Proust

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One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

A. A. Milne

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Every writer “creates” his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), “Other Inquisitions” 1960 and “Kafka and His Precursors” (1951)

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The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.

Mary Catherine Bateson, Anthropologist

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Tell me again: it is so beautiful that I never tire of hearing. Repeat me again that the couple of the story was happy to death, that she was not unfaithful, that he did not even came to deceive her. And do not forget that, despite the time and trouble, they were still kissing each night.

Tell me a thousand times, please: is the most beautiful story I know.

Amalia Bautista, Madrid 1962

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