STRANGER THAN FICTION
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT
“That’s the beauty of argument. If you argue correctly, you’re never wrong.”
“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
THE SUPER POWER OF LANGUAGE
“Language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.”—Octavio Paz
“I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them.”
“Repeat the good. And the bad. Do it all…and pile on the years.”
WALK THE TALK
“Every flower blooms at a different pace.”
LET THERE BE LIGHT
“Without the emotion of the beautiful, the sublime, the mysterious, there is no art, no religion, no literature.”
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