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Anaïs Nin

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
- Anaïs Nin

Anita Desai

Isn't it strange how life won't flow, like a river, but moves in jumps, as if it were held back by locks that are opened now and then to let it jump forwards in a kind of flood?
- Anita Desai
If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up.
- Anna Akhmatova
To him the stars seemed like so many musical notes affixed to the sky, just waiting for somebody to unfasten them.
- Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
People change and forget to tell each other.
- Lillian Hellman

José Rizal

One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.
- José Rizal

Amy Bloom

The past is a candle at great distance: too close to let you quit, too far to comfort you.
- Amy Bloom
If you don't like someone's story, write your own.
- Chinua Achebe

Mary Shelley

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.
- Mary Shelley
Even the strongest and bravest must sometimes weep. It shows they have a great heart, one that can feel compassion for others.
- Brian Jacques
Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.
- Raymond Carver
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
- Charles M. Schulz