1. 10

    You and I, it's as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.

    29
  2. 9

    And why is it, thought Lara, that my fate is to see everything and take it all so much to heart?

    34
  3. 8

    They don't ask much of you. They only want you to hate the things you love and to love the things you despise.

    43
  4. 7

    To be a woman is a great adventure; To drive men mad is a heroic thing.

    45
  5. 6

    Poetry is a rich, full-bodied whistle, cracked ice crunching in pails, the night that numbs the leaf, the duel of two nightingales, the sweet pea that has run wild, Creation's tears in shoulder blades.

    49
  6. 5

    The writer is the Faust of modern society, the only surviving individualist in a mass age. To his orthodox contemporaries he seems a semi-madman.

    49
  7. 4

    Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.

    52
  8. 3

    What is history? Its beginning is that of the centuries of systematic work devoted to the solution of the enigma of death, so that death itself may eventually be overcome. That is why people write symphonies, and why they discover mathematical infinity and electromagnetic waves.

    55
  9. 2

    When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.

    76
  10. 1

    I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.

    81
  11. Last Update: 1 October 2022

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