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The Sun Magazine

Quotations

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And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.

John Steinbeck

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Life is bitter and fatal, yet men cherish it and beget children to suffer the same fate.

Heraclitus

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No one is willing to believe that adults too, like children, wander about this earth in a daze and, like children, do not know where they come from or where they are going, . . . and are as thoroughly governed as they are by biscuits and cake and the rod.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.”

James Baldwin

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I bought a wastepaper basket and carried it home in a paper bag. And when I got home, I put the paper bag in the wastepaper basket.

Lily Tomlin

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We are, perhaps uniquely among the earth’s creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.

Lewis Thomas

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“Sometimes I think we’re alone. Sometimes I think we’re not. In either case, the thought is staggering.”

R. Buckminster Fuller

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Find your place on the planet, dig in, and take responsibility from there.

Gary Snyder

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Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.

Leon Trotsky