1. 10

    A certain man once lost a diamond cuff-link in the wide blue sea, and twenty years later, on the exact day, a Friday apparently, he was eating a large fish - but there was no diamond inside. That’s what I like about coincidence.

    72
  2. 9

    I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.

    72
  3. 8

    The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.

    82
  4. 7

    There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.

    82
  5. 6

    Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

    83
  6. 5

    Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.

    85
  7. 4

    Mind you, sometimes the angels smoke, hiding it with their sleeves, and when the archangel comes, they throw the cigarettes away: that’s when you get shooting stars.

    90
  8. 3

    Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.

    95
  9. 2

    And the rest is rust and stardust.

    96
  10. 1

    Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.

    98
  11. Last Update: 3 August 2021

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