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“The concept that all men are created equal was a key to European Enlightenment philosophy. But the interpretation of "all men" has hovered over the Declaration of Independence since its creation.”
Oscar Auliq-Ice
“Los cadáveres se quedaban
allí, con su ropa negra, devorados por las ratas y los gusanos, derretidos por el sol, anegados por las lluvias. Eran el abono del miedo.”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“el combate es infinito contra el otro oculto en uno mismo.”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“Habíamos perdido nuestras capacidades físicas y morales de imaginar la libertad.”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“Es una defensa clásica en los sistemas totalitarios: todos los verdugos afirman estar aterrorizados. Tal vez en parte sea cierto. El torturador puede tener miedo, pero tiene elección. El prisionero sólo tiene miedo”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“Había que sobrevivir. Ése era nuestro primer deber. Nuestro primer combate. Rebelarse
significaba, en primer lugar, vivir. O más bien: seguir vivo.”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“¿Cuál es el régimen político más inhumano? El que decreta el bien del hombre.”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“Recuerdo haber visto, en imágenes de archivo, a cerdos paseándose por la
Biblioteca Nacional de Phnom Penh, vaciada por los jemeres rojos. Derribaban sillas y pisoteaban mondaduras. Los cerdos sustituían a los libros. Y nosotros sustituíamos a los cerdos.”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“La hambruna es el primer crimen de masas, y es muy difícil probarlo con certeza.”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“Sólo los políticos se arrogan el derecho a condonar o perdonar en nombre de
todos, cosa inconcebible para un crimen de masas o un genocidio.”
Christophe Bataille, The Elimination: A survivor confronts the chief of the Khmer Rouge Death Camps
“If we live a vigorous life exhibiting great equanimity and curiosity while displaying unreserved compassion and charity for all the creatures and plants of this world, we will be more than dim shadows on a dark planet. We make our life matter whenever a person lives in a genuine manner, struggles to realize their innate potential, and brings lightness and cheerfulness into other people’s abodes.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“Bola Extra: Recomiendo el Manual completo de copywriting web en español, de Rosa Morel. La publicación de referencia sobre este tema en habla hispana. No hay más que decir.”
José María Ávila Román, Mis Enlaces Y Yo: Guía Práctica Para Afiliados de Amazon
“They weren’t really stopping, of course. Nothing in space ever actually stopped; it only came into a matching orbit with some other object. They were now following CA-2216862 on its merry millennium-long trip around the sun.”
James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes
“Our prayers lie to deep for tears. Our dreams exceed human capacity. We live by necessity. We are more than poetic shadows, indiscrete reflections on the wall of a cave. We possess inner truth.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
William Shakespeare
“OTHELLO : —and I will kill thee,
And love thee after.”
William Shakespeare
Amy Tan
“Would it last until they were senile?
Hard to say. They had been through trial by fire, and it would either forge them like iron or break them apart like untempered glass.
But there was this: They both desired the same thing. They wanted to be loved for who they were.
They just had to discover who they were beneath the habits of foray and retreat.”
Amy Tan, Saving Fish from Drowning
Carolina Vivas
“Las sonrisas son un idioma universal.” No tengo muy claro cuando se desarrolló en mí ésta”
Carolina Vivas, Arecuna
“En mi caso utilizo Ultimate Azon Theme (puedes encontrar su enlace al final de la guía, en la lista de recursos), pero hay muchos otros temas para afiliado muy interesantes.”
José María Ávila Román, Mis Enlaces Y Yo: Guía Práctica Para Afiliados de Amazon
تامر عبد رب النبي
“منظر السماء حلو عشان ما فيهوش بني أدميين. والبحر بيبقى حلو لما بيبقى من غير بني ادميين زيه زي السماء.”
تامر عبد رب النبي, أن يحبك غجري
“An infusion of storytelling lifeblood of into the vein of time provides a means to stitch a common thread of conjoined understanding through the collective consciousness of our generation. The communal sheaves of internal dialogue handed-down through the ages trace a seamless patchwork of wisdom, weaving the broadcloth of perception with strands of evocative fabric gleaned from examining the textile breach of humankind’s fitful existence.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Matt Haig
“When I first traveled around the globe, it took over a year, on a boat full of men, who were lucky if they made it. Now, the world is just there. All of it. In an hour I will be on a flight to Sydney, and by lunchtime I will have arrived. It makes me feel claustrophobic, as if the world is literally shrinking, like a balloon losing air.”
Matt Haig, How to Stop Time
“Sharing our noble journey, attentively quantifying our reality, dreams, fears, and spiritual renaissance for other communal souls to witness, while giving voice to our own spark of divinity, inspiration, and mythos through storytelling, is the preeminent act of human beings.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“Recycled air that had passed through a million lungs. Water from the tap so clean it could be used for lab work, but it had been piss and shit and tears and blood and would be again. The circle of life on Ceres was so small you could see the curve. He liked it that way.”
James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes
Rabindranath Tagore
“How I have noiselessly floated down the stream of Time,
Skipping from life to life,
Changing from form to form.
In the night, in the morning,
All I received, I gave away
In ever new gifts,
In ever new songs.

- Poem 8”
Rabindranath Tagore, A Flight of Swans: Poems from Balaka
Daron Acemoğlu
“Many studies estimate that only about 10 or at most 20 percent of aid ever reaches its target. There are dozens of ongoing fraud investigations into charges of UN and local officials siphoning off aid money. But most of the waste resulting from foreign aid is not fraud, just incompetence or even worse: simply business as usual for aid organizations.”
Daron Acemoğlu, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
“Lack of fear enables a heroic person to display the muscularity of a brawny soul willing to fight against injustice, lifting themselves and the people that they truck with above the fray of petty tyrants.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Carol Tavris
“Most people, when directly confronted by evidence that they are wrong, do not change their point of view or plan of action but justify it even more tenaciously.”
Carol Tavris, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Matt Haig
“I loved her instantly. Of course, most parents love their children instantly. But I mention it here because I still find it a remarkable thing. Where was the love before? Where did you acquire it from? The way it is suddenly there, total and complete, as sudden as grief, but in reverse, is one of the wonders about being human.”
Matt Haig, How to Stop Time
Lee Child
“Surprise was always good. Delay was always fatal. Guys who let a situation unfold in its own good time were just stockpiling problems for themselves.”
Lee Child, No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
Dennis Altman
“Promiscuity' - a word best defined as anyone who has more sex than you.”
Dennis Altman, The End of the Homosexual?
تامر عبد رب النبي
“كان أمامي للعودة بجثمان الضاحي طريقان، أحدهما هو الطريق القانوني حيث يمر العامة، وطريق آخر غير شرعي يمر منه المهربون ويمتلئ باللصوص وقطاع الطريق والمجرمين، فاستبعدت الطريق القانوني، لأن القانون ورق والورق ليس له قلب ولا يعرف الرحمة، أما اللصوص والمجرمين مهما بلغت خطاياهم فلديهم إنسانية بالفطرة مهما نالت منهم الظروف والأحداث.”
تامر عبد رب النبي, أن يحبك غجري
Tim Tharp
“We all know what a snooze perfection can be.”
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now
“The whorl of love, self-awareness, and self-assurance form the flex of an energetic mind, which combined force allows an ordinary person to transcend the kryptonite that combusts their deepest fears.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Rabindranath Tagore
“At the ebb of day comes the tide of night
Carrying myriads of star-flowers
Floating on its dark waters.

- Poem 1”
Rabindranath Tagore, A Flight of Swans: Poems from Balaka
“Self-doubt and lack of conscious awareness undermine a person’s quest to live a life of dutiful service. Self-assurance infuses us with poise and the strength of character to blunt our destructive impulses. Self-awareness allows us to be cognizant of the whirlwind of infinite beauty that surrounds us and reinforces us with the forte to apply our vibrant life force in an expressive motif that exposes the mistiness of our inner soul to the outer world.”
Kilroy J. Oldster
“nuestro inconsciente biológico aún vive en la caverna por lo que cualquier conflicto biológico es una situación de altísimo peligro al punto de considerarla de vida o muerte. Por eso ansiamos y buscamos activamente las situaciones de placer o bienestar.”
Ángeles Wolder Helling, El Arte de Escuchar el Cuerpo: Descodificación Biológica Original
“While solitude and study are necessary ingredients to understand our place in the world and to achieve an amplified sense of clarity and balance, immersion in natural world and sharing in human interaction is the ultimate source of inspiration and learning. Only by observing, understanding, and respecting nature and by unconditionally embracing, accepting, and loving other people of all stripes, can we experience the full gamut of emotions that makes us human.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“At the heart of the struggle of women, people of color, the disabled, the poor, organized workers, immigrants, religious minorities, atheists,and sexual minorities is the radical belief that we are all created equal and deserve the right to life, liberty and pursuits of happiness.”
Oscar Auliq-Ice
Cynthia Eden
“I’m letting you go,” he said and his smile broke her heart. “That should show just how fucking much I can love.” He pressed a kiss to her lips. “See? My brother was wrong about that. Even in the dark, a little light can shine.”
Cynthia Eden, The Devil in Disguise
“We seek to understand ourselves by telling how we go about securing inner peace, acceptance, and satisfaction intermeshed with layers of pure happiness. Stories allow us to explore the mystery of the universe, share unique experiences, and express personal comprehension.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Jennifer Michael Hecht
“Expect change. Accept death. Enjoy life. As Marcus Aurelius explained, the brains that got you through the troubles you have had so far will get you through any troubles yet to come.”
Jennifer Michael Hecht, Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson
Matt Haig
“After reading the news, I go on Twitter. I don't have an account but I find it interesting - all the different voices, the squabbles, the arrogance of certainty, the ignorance, the occasional, but wonderful, compassion, and watching the evolution of language head towards a new kind of hieroglyphics.”
Matt Haig, How to Stop Time
Carolina Vivas
“Si no perdonas por amor, perdona por egoísmo, por tu propio bienestar.”
Carolina Vivas, Arecuna
“Each of us is the custodian of our own history and the sole sentry responsible for their present and future existence.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Ray Dalio
“kiss-”
Ray Dalio, Principles: Life and Work
Matt Haig
“You are not the only one with sorrows in this world. Don't hoard them like they are precious. There is always plenty of them to go around.”
Matt Haig, How to Stop Time
Charles Yu
“Failure is easy to measure. Failure is an event. Harder to measure is insignificance. A nonevent. Insignificance creeps, it dawns, it gives you hope, then delusion, then one day, when you’re not looking, it’s there, at your front door, on your desk, in the mirror, or not, not any of that, it’s the lack of all that. One day, when you are looking, it’s not looking, no one is. You lie in your bed and realize that if you don’t get out of bed and into the world today, it is very likely no one will even notice.”
Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Madeline Miller
“What do you have to say to me? You threw me to the crows, but it turns out I prefer them to you.”
Madeline Miller, Circe
Alec Waugh
“. . . in a crisis a man learnt what was real to him and what was unreal; that he became himself, choosing what he really needed.”
Alec Waugh, Wheels within Wheels: A Story of the Girls
“Without language we have no past, the present is unquantifiable, and we lack a means to recognize and express the paradoxical future challenges of humanity. In absence of a shared language, we cannot understand prior generation’s conflicts, desires, and achievements, nor can we communicate with future generations our essential values and the wisdom we garner through undergoing our own socioeconomic crises”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Bill Carter
“To allow the situation to get caught up in “They misled me” or “I was lied to” or “They did the wrong thing and I’m doing the right thing” had the effect of turning it toxic.”
Bill Carter, The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
Bill Carter
“What Jay knew from his own
endless stand-up gigs was that if lights were shining on an audience, they tended to become selfconscious—and a lot less likely to laugh”
Bill Carter, The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
Matt Haig
“And then he - Tchaikovsky - turned towards the little lectern that was on the stage, picked up his baton and held it in the air. He paused a moment. It was like watching an old wizard with a wand, summoning the energy needed to cast the spell.

The hall fell silent. I had never heard a silence like it. The whole hall seemed to be holding its breath. It felt civilised and modern. It felt refined and tantalising all at once, like a polite collective pre-orgasm.”
Matt Haig, How to Stop Time
“Humankind’s insuppressible exuberance demands that we spring forward clicking our heels in revelry and delight when basking in the fullness of the miracle of life. Every day is a delightful gift. Walking in the dappled valley spackled in filtered sunlight of verdant woodland, we witness the diffused silhouette of humankind’s ambitious gestalt to make known the indeterminate, unravel the indecipherable, and joyfully flaunt the magical experience of living in the moment free of angst.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“How can anyone sink into dejection and despondency when nature’s generous bounty is so magnificent that it makes any selfish feelings too frail to register? Who can despair their existence when standing before the mesmerizing power of an ocean, after witnessing a mother nurse a newborn stirring in their crib, or when held entranced by the life-giving gurgle of a river? Who can deny the miracle of life after watching fresh falling snow soundlessly adorn the mountains, vales, and fields in a saintly white cloud? Who can deny that a tree full of light shares the same holy strand of the indispensable nectar of life with the humblest creature that walks beneath its protective awning?”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Dulce María Loynaz
“...only love reveals, in a rapid flash of light, the beauty of a soul.”
Dulce María Loynaz, Absolute Solitude: Selected Poems
“American author F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) wrote a collection of essays entitled “The Crack-Up,” which makes the following astute observation: “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideals in mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” For instance, he cites the ability to perceive that the situation is hopeless, and still be determined to make it otherwise. Sensitive people who came before me asked the same disconcerting questions that haunt me. Other troubled souls either drank themselves into oblivion or worked themselves to death in search of the elusive answer to this Fitzgeraldian question: Is it a sign of a lucid mind to place two contradictory ideas abreast and accept the merits of both propositions? Alternatively, is the deliberate act of embracing differing ideas with inapposite conclusions the warning sign of a troubled mind’s impending crackup?”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Matt Haig
“There is a darkness that fringes everything. It is a most horrid ecstasy.' And I felt the horror of her horror. That, I suppose, is a price we pay for love: the absorbing of another's pain as if our own.”
Matt Haig, How to Stop Time
Daron Acemoğlu
“In the words of a Chinese economist, “Big state companies can get involved in huge projects. But when private companies do so, especially in competition with the state, then trouble comes from every corners [sic].”
Daron Acemoğlu, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
“Aristotle declared that, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Does the intrinsic tension between opposing ideas create a lamplight of stereoscopic vision? Does the mental friction generated by antinomy, a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles, lead to war within the mind or does the natural rasping of abrasive thoughts spur the mind to create soothing metaphorical thoughts in order to attain conceptual peace?”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Frank McCourt
“There are bars of Pear's soap and a thick book called Pear's Encyclopedia, which keeps me up day and night because it tells you everything about everything and that's all I want to know.”
Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes
“A person can suffer from a lack of dreams.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“I cannot shun the past because it contains information that is useful to script future goals. Looking back into the opaque window of reductive retrospect, what essential opportunities exist today that beckon one to seek with unrestrained enthusiasm? What iridescent signals flare from our conceptual self that if we heedlessly ignore their luminous summons, such deliberate acts of omission will suture the apex of our souls, relegating us to the dreaded curse of mucking along in an ordinary life stalled out by our overweening fear of estrangement?”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Lee Child
“Without breaking stride Reacher head-butted him full in the face. Left, right, bang. A perfect ten, for style and content, and power and precision.”
Lee Child, No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories
“so let her keep her giant fish with his tail big enough to swat the moon, only a child would believe that kind of stupidness.”
Torsten Krol, The Secret Book of Sacred Things
“We each labor under our own brand of personal doubt that undercuts longed for equanimity. We diligently search for a lost language that tells us how to live with zest and joy. We seek to align ourselves with our sublime inner nature and mirror the divine wholesomeness of the matchless beauty of the natural world that surrounds us. We seek to devolve transcendent fluidity of the mind through the personal power of self-control, perception, and knowledge.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“We seek to glean physical, emotional, and spiritual sustenance from our daily chores.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Anne  Katherine
“When a person neither knows his feelings nor has healthy ways to handle them, he is vulnerable to whatever will keep his feelings contained—alcohol, drugs, food, excessive work, stress, compulsive acquiring, compulsive hobbying.”
Anne Katherine, Boundaries Where You End And I Begin: How To Recognize And Set Healthy Boundaries
“We each share in innumerable physical and emotional experiences. Our like-kind responses to the external world connect every person together whoever walked this earth. Who has not seen death tap dancing amongst the shagged icicles of a winter wonderland? Who has not heard their hearts petals welcome the bloom of springtime’s opalescence? Who has not experienced the calm of leaves rusting beneath their feet or felt befallen with an overwhelming sense of regeneration after slathered in baptismal wetness by an unexpected rainstorm? Who has not drunk in the smoky smells of leaves burning in October, hunted solace in the singeing embrace of a campfire on a cold winter night, or sought to escape from summers burning blanket of oppression by dunking their overheated stovetop into a mountain stream of clear water? Who has not felt the cold kiss of winter or experienced the melted butter feeling of crawling into bed after a day of hard work? Who is exempt from the punch of hunger in their gut or immune from the enraged screams of an unquenchable thirst? Who has not broken out in a frisson of Goosebumps when passing the graveyard on an ill-omened evening and experienced the electric sensation of ghostly fingernails running down the tapered stem of their spine? Who has not fallen in love at first sight? Who has not danced on the edge of a cliff, stared into the gloom, and asked themselves what if they slipped over the lip? Who has not experienced the existential vertigo, the anxiety of dizziness that freedom brings whenever a human being standing in solitude navigates amongst the tension between the finite and infinite and contemplates the possibility or of the divine shaping reality?”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Kurt Vonnegut
“Entonces me convertí en un ser sin personalidad sumergido en la niebla de Boston, y la Lufthansa me colocó en un autocar, junto con otros seres sin personalidad, que me llevó a un motel para pasar una noche que no fue noche.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
“I commence the act of personal transformation by unreservedly accepting the inevitability of my death. When I thrust aside fear of death, I become a new person, I transmute into a reformed person who is unafraid. The fear of the unknown does not hold me down. Free from attachment to life allows me to embrace personal ugliness and admit to my decided paltriness. I am no longer ashamed of my personal deformities. I embrace my impermanence with a candid shrug of the shoulders and a slight nod of the head of that conveys utter indifference. Now unhampered by awareness of my transience, I can act by using this limited window in time to paint myself for how I, and only I, see fit.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
James Patterson
“same time”
James Patterson, Cross the Line
أحمد أبو هيبة
“وتساءلت لماذا دائما لا يتوقف البشر عند حد معين فى الهبوط، لماذا إذا هبطوا، يأخذون المنحدر لآخره، فيستحيل
معه الصعود... لماذا إذا أمسكوا كأس الخطيئة تجرعوها، وإذا أتتهم ماء الطاعة تذوقوها”
أحمد أبو هيبة, منتهى العشق
Stephen Hawking
“Our universe and its laws appear to have a design that both is tailor-made to support us and, if we are to exist, leaves little room for alteration.”
Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design
“All writers trammeling the ground of self-examining must explore their physical and mental constrictions and determine what awaits them, if anything at all, after the cinereous body returns to dust. Writing does not demand that one prefer death to life, but any writer seeking enlightenment might elect to assess the possibility of death releasing them from the conscripts of crippling dissatisfaction with their present way of living.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Her voice is full of money,”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Paulo Coelho
“- إن قلبي يخاف أن يتألم.
- قل له إن الخوف من الألم هو أكثر سوءا من الألم ذاته.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“While engaged in automatic writing I strain to create a protective personal haven, ferret out a padded cell where I can rapturously hold court with the voltaic cells of the self. I labor in solitary, transfixed in a suspended state of consciousness. Freewheeling writing creates a bridgeworks to the situs where hidden gems of insight and candid genuineness wait to be unsheathed by the penetrating beam of a reflective mind trolling for inspirational insight. Probing putative desires while contemporaneously fencing with a barrage of suppressed insecurities, requires piercing protective layers of denial and traveling with teratological demons to confront the monstrous self-destructive gene lodged in the deepest recesses of a confused psyche.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Paulo Coelho
“أنصت إلى قلبك، فهو يعرف كل شيء، لأنه يأتي من روح العالم، وسوف يعود إليه يوما.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Daron Acemoğlu
“Conflict over income and power, and indirectly over institutions, is a constant in all societies. This conflict often has a contingent outcome, even if the playing field over which it transpires is not level. The outcome of this conflict leads to institutional drift. But this is not necessarily a cumulative process. It does not imply that the small differences that emerge at some point will necessarily become larger over time.”
Daron Acemoğlu, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
“From time to time during your forest bathing experience, take a moment to notice what you are noticing.”
M. Amos Clifford, Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature
“The house wants me to know, I’m sure of it. If walls could talk, One Folgate Street would tell me what happened here.”
J.P. Delaney, The Girl Before
“Our life story is a reflection of our internal poetry in motion, a poem which lyrical lines croons life as a groping accident, a playful roughness, a throbbing ordeal. Life’s posy permutations jell together to create a brawly emotional ambiguity. An interlacement of untidy paradoxes, fastened by a tincture of pyretic hopelessness, sounds the charming pitch of life.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“If you find you are making a big effort to do an invitation “correctly,” it's better to just let it go and simply be in the forest.”
M. Amos Clifford, Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature
أحمد أبو هيبة
“وتساءلت لماذا دائما لا يتوقف البشر عـنـد حـد مـعـين فى الـهـبـوط , لـماذا إذا هـبـطـوا , يـأخـذون الـمنـحـدر لآخـره , فـيـسـتـحـيـل
مـعـه الـصـعـود ... لماذا إذا أمـسـكـوا كـأس الخطـيـئـة تجرعـوهـا , وإذا أتـتـهـم مـاء الـطـاعـة تـذوقـوهـا”
أحمد أبو هيبة, منتهى العشق
“When I talk about medicine and mental health to large audiences, I often start with the following imagery and facts: think of a woman you know who is radiantly healthy. I bet your intuition tells you she sleeps and eats well, finds purpose in her life, is active and fit, and finds time to relax and enjoy the company of others. I doubt you envision her waking up to prescription bottles, buoying her way through the day with caffeine and sugar, feeling anxious and isolated, and drinking herself to sleep at night. All of us have an intuitive sense of what health is, but many of us have lost the roadmap to optimal health, especially the kind of health that springs forth when we simply clear a path for it. The fact that one in four American women in the prime of their life is dispensed medication for a mental health condition represents a national crisis.1”
Kelly Brogan, A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives
“The universal story is composed of segments of anxiety, disappointment, profanity, prayers, heartache, tragedy, and despair.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“Each pepper field is the same.
In each one I am a failed anthem.

I don't know English
but there is so little
that needs translated out here.”
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Cenzontle
Paulo Coelho
“وراوده فجأة شعور بأنه يستطيع أن ينظر إلى العالم كضحية تعيسة لأحد اللصوص، أو كمغامر يبحث عن كنز.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
David Sheff
“Fortunately I have a son, my beautiful boy
Unfortunately he is a drug addict.
Fortunately he is in recovery.
Unfortunately he relapses.
Fortunately he is in recovery again.
Unfortunately he relapses.
Fortunately he is not dead.”
David Sheff, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
“The passage of time will ultimately obliterate the pallid signs of my toneless existence. My faint light will disappear entirely in the ebb and flow of the sprawling continuum of time, the impeccable sea of perpetuity that yawning encasement serves as the impeachable mantel for the inescapable predicament that horns the human condition.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
“Writing is finally a series of permissions you give yourself to be expressive in certain ways. To invent. To leap. To fly. To fall. SUSAN SONTAG”
Ellen J. Langer, On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity
“The New Testament authors fought, ultimately in vain, to maintain their legitimacy as Jews. Read as a Jewish book, the New Testament becomes the story of a reluctant parting—the closing arguments, the last hopes—before Christians ceased, sometimes angrily, sometimes sadly, to be a part of the Jewish people.”
Julie Galambush, The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament's Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book
“when traveling, one should forget constant exploration. Go back to the same spots. You’ll be recognized as a familiar face and you’ll discover more.”
Diana Marcum, The Tenth Island: Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores
David Sheff
“Fortunately there is a beautiful boy, unfortunately he has a terrible disease. Fortunately there is love and joy, unfortunately there is pain and misery. Fortunately this story is not over.”
David Sheff, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
“Every day of life, we create a story, which discursive script will someday become only a memory.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Jón Kalman Stefánsson
“Those who feel no pain or emotion in life have cold hearts and have never lived – which is why you must be grateful for your tears.”
Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Fish Have No Feet
Edward J. Larson
“Every art that could inflame the passions and touch the interests of men has been essayed,” Washington complained in early April 1788. “The ignorant have been told, that should the proposed Government obtain, their land would be taken from them and their property disposed of, and all ranks are informed that the prohibition of the Navigation of the Mississippi (their favorite object) will be a certain consequence of the adoption of the Constitution.”2 Their forte, Washington soon added about antifederalists, “seems to lie in misrepresentation . . . rather than to convince the understanding by some arguments or fair and impartial statements.”3 He dismissed most of them as “contemptible characters” of “little importance.”
Edward J. Larson, The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789
“The task of writing is the quintessential spiritual act because it tests a person’s commitment to living a meaningful life. Writing this scroll is a self-prescribed, shamanistic act of spiritual faith.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls
Steven Erikson
“Desire for goodness, Mister Reese, leads to earnestness. Earnestness in turn leads to sanctimonious selfrighteousness, which breeds intolerance, upon which harsh judgement quickly follows, yielding dire punishment, inflicting general terror and paranoia, eventually culminating in revolt, leading to chaos, then dissolution, and thus, the end of civilization.”
Steven Erikson, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach: Three Short Novels of the Malazan Empire, Volume One

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