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Not all characters approve of their authors

 “A writer may write for thirty years without ever knowing why he spent all those years writing. I am not a man of letters and have no wish to be one; I would consider it indecent and despicable to drag my soul onto the literary market and turn it inside out while describing my feelings in beautiful words.” 13 more words

Dostoyevsky getting meta

“I must confess I wouldn’t at all like to be a novelist who had to deal with a hero coming from an accidental family! It’s such an ungrateful task, and it can have no beauty of form.” 16 more words

Weakness as Strength

If there’s any big thing I’ve been learning about this year, I’ve been learning about love. Well, actually, I’ve been learning about weakness. But they might usually be one thing, the one way I’ve felt more and more strongly called to live. 1,061 more words

Connecting Ourselves to Death

We live in an age of magic. I’m a wizard. I can talk to Skopjans from Laguna Niguel with no effort. I can instantaneously send my thoughts across distances my ancestors would never have dreamed to cross in their entire lives. 1,348 more words

On Precision in Language

“The sick are man’s greatest danger; not the evil, not the ‘beasts of prey.’ Those who’re failures from the start, downtrodden, crushed––it is they, the weakest, who must undermine life among men, who call into question and poison most dangerously our trust in life, in man, and in ourselves.” (The Genealogy of Morals 122) 1,031 more words

Art / School

If time is money, and money is money too, then college is ridiculously expensive. Because it takes both a ton of time and a ton of money. 1,986 more words