Consider the stars. Among them are no passions, no wars. They know neither love nor hatred. Did man but emulate the stars, would not his soul become clear and radiant as they are? But man's spirit draws him like a moth to the ephemera of this world, and in their heat he is consumed entire.

— Sarah Monette

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I catch a flash of red-gold beneath the surface of the water, and realize that there are koi in the pond, massive, serene, and I wonder: are they dreams of fish, or fish who dream?

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The dead person is not truly dead until the last person who rememebers them dies.

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What makes a story a story is that something changes.

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I gave up on cussing - I'd run out of words filthy enough - and just started praying.

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The obligation d'âme meant that his only allegiance was to Felix, making them a separate kingdom of two, with Felix as king and Mildmay as ministers, army, and populace all combined in one. A stormy little kingdom, I thought, with periodic flare-ups of civil war and a magnificently unstable government. And I was glad I wasn’t a citizen of it.

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The fountain of youth is like the monkeys paw in the W. W. Jacobs story. It never ends well.

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It is a rose planted in your heart, and as it's thorns tear you, so does it thrive and flower

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