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Love reduces the complexity of living.
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To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.
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Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source.
It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of
weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
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My life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.
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The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.
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Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life.
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Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the
surrealists, searching for the marvelous.
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The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.
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Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people
fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
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I write emotional algebra.
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If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then
don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
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The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always
more mystery.
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Someday I'll be locked up for love insanity. "She loved too much."
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To withhold from living is to die... the more you give of yourself to life the more life nourishes
you.
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Everything but happiness is neurosis.
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Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.
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Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
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This diary is my kief, hashish and opium pipe. This is my drug and my vice.
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Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity, and stumble from defeat
to defeat.
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Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.
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I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning
and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.
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The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the
rest.
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My ideas usually come not at the desk writing but in the midst of living.
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When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an
illusion they could bear to live with.
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The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment with it, that
was the miracle.
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To think of him in the middle of the day lifts me out of ordinary living.
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You don't find love, it finds you. It's got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what's
written in the stars.
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Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.
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Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond
which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.
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For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but
when we lose our minds.
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No one but a woman in love ever sees the maximum of men's greatness.
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To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes
internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and
psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.
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It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see.
The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
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I hate men who are afraid of women's strength.
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I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
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