Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Catcher in the Rye


 



 "I think that one of these days...you 're going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you've got to start going there. But immediately. You can't afford to lose a minute. Not you."





 

 

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”






“I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It's nice.”





 



“But what I mean is, lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most. I mean you can’t help it sometimes.”






“It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road.”







“The goddam movies. They can ruin you. I'm not kidding”






“The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.”





“Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first one who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior.”






“I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”

J.D. Salinger

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Identity





 
“[B]ut pain doesn't listen to reason, it has it's own reason, which is not reasonable.”






“...no one can do a thing about feelings, they exist and there's no way to censor them. We can reproach ourselves for some action, for a remark, but not for a feeling, quite simply because we have no control at all over it.”


 

 
 

“The eye: the window to the soul; the center of the face's beauty; the point where a person's identity is concentrated; but at the same time an optical instrument that requires constant washing, wetting, maintenance by a special liquid dosed with salt. So the gaze, the greatest marvel man possesses, is regularly interrupted by a mechanical washing action.”



 


“They talk on about death, about boredom, they drink wine, they laugh, they have a good time, they are happy.”



 


“Rubens discovered a peculiar thing: memory does not make films, it makes photographs. What he recalled from any of the women were at most a few mental photographs. He didn't recall their coherent motions; he visualized even their short gestures not in all their fluent fullness, but only in the rigidity of a single second. His erotic memory provided him with a small album of pornographic pictures but no pornographic film." 

Milan Kundera

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Diary of a Young Girl



 

“I've found that there is always some beauty left -- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”






“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”





“There's only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and foget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it's actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.”





“Who else but me is ever going to read these letters?”





“I had to hold my head up high and put a bold face on things, but the thoughts keep coming anyways.”

Anne Frank

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Look under your feet




 

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”






“Look underfoot. You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Don't despise your own place and hour. Every place is the center of the world.”





 

“A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”

John Burroughs

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mother Night and other stories






“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”






“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” 



 



“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”









“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”







“A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.”







“The practice of art isn't to make a living. It's to make your soul grow.”

Kurt Vonnegut