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#1. This is suffering's lesson: pay attention. The important part might come in a form you do not recognize.
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#2. It isn't so much that geniuses make it look easy; it's that they make it look it fast.
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#3. I've written whole books in order to avoid writing other books.
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#4. I don't know how I stay alive. What I do know is that there is a light, far above us, that goes out when we die,
and that in Hell there is a gray tulip that grows without any sun. It reminds me of everything I failed at,
and I water it carefully. It is all I have to remind me of you.
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#5. The best thing about time passing is the privilege of running out of it, of watching the wave of mortality break over me and everyone I know,
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#6. Around you move many seas. It is impossible not to drown a little.
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#7. Happiness begins to deteriorate once it is named.
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#8. My friend Isabel says, When you're writing even a short novel, with at least a couple of subplots, and God only knows how many characters, your brain holds the volume of it beyond the ability of your consciousness.
Of course.
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#9. My students still don't know what they will never be. Their hope is so bright I can almost see it.

I used to value the truth of whether this student or that one would achieve the desired thing. I don't value that truth anymore as much as I value their untested hope. I don't care that one in two hundred of them will ever become what they feel they must become. I care only that I am able to witness their faith in what's coming next.

I no longer believe in anything other than the middle, but my students still believe in beginnings. Ask them, and they will tell you that everything is about to start in just a moment, just one more moment.
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#10. Bad art is from no one to no one.
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#11. Some people will punish you merely for witnessing their weakness. Even if they sought you out and asked for help. Even if you helped. Especially if you helped.
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#12. I'd never have guessed which people I'd still know by now.
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#13. Like a vase, a heart breaks once. After that, it just yields to its flaws.
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#14. My considerate friend insists on hearing about my troubles first, and after several minutes of excavation, I'm drowning in them and can't sufficiently attend to hers. But I'm doing her a favor, letting her escape her suffering into mine.
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#15. Failure is good preparation for success, which comes as a pleasant surprise, but success is poor preparation for failure
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#16. Today was very full, but the problem isn't today. It's tomorrow. I'd be able to recover from today if it weren't for tomorrow. There should be extra days, buffer days, between real days.
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#17. What about those yogis who can lie down on a bed of nails, then arise, streaming blood, then stop the flow of blood from each wound individually with the power of their minds? Isn't frailty often a choice?
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#18. Anger conceals pain. It also conceals love.
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#19. In my experience nursing is waiting. The mother becomes the background against which the baby lives, becomes time. I used to exist against the continuity of time. Then I became the baby's continuity, a background of ongoing time for him to live against. I was the warmth and milk that was always there for him, the agent of comfort that was always there for him.

My body, my life, became the landscape of my son's life. I am no longer merely a thing living in the world; I am a world.
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#20. The trouble with setting goals is that you're constantly working toward what you used to want.
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#21. On the page, these might look like the stones of a ruin, strewn by time and weather, but I was here.
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#22. I keep three kinds of books: those I want to read, those I want to reread, and those I want to reopen just to confirm how bad they are.
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#23. It takes time to recover from having run somewhere. But sometimes one just wants to run. Anywhere.
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#24. You can't learn from remembering. You can't learn from guessing. You can learn only from moving forward at the rate you are moved, as brightness into brightness.
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#25. I reread my favorite books to make sure they're still perfect, but rereading them wears away at their perfection.
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#26. Choose one: chronic disappointment or lowering your expectations to the point where nothing can disappoint you. But consider also that you might miss feeling disappointed.
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#27. Chair or no chair: a binary relation. But the vicissitudes of moving the body around are infinite. You never know what a person in a chair can do.
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#28. Some things are so horrible they need to be hidden right after they become visible. They are too horrible to be seen except very slowly, or in very small amounts. Or they are too beautiful.
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#29. The fastest way to revise a piece of work is to send it, late at night, to someone whose opinion you fear. Then rewrite it, praying you'll finish in time to send a new version by morning.
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#30. I wanted to remember what I could bear to remember and convince myself it was all there was.
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#31. Only a fire can teach you what survives a fire. No, it teaches you what can survive that fire.
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#32. Perhaps all anxiety might derive from a fixation on moments - an inability to accept life as ongoing.
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#33. If you think something's happened quickly, you're looking at only a part of it.
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#34. I tend to forget that my measurement of time is designed to distract me from what's really happening.
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#35. Biographies should also contain the events that failed to foreshadow.
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#36. Think of this as a short book composed entirely of what I hoped would be a long book's quotable passages.
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#37. To write a diary is to make a series of choices about what to omit, what to forget.
A memorable sandwich, an unmemorable flight of stairs. A memorable bit of conversation surrounded by chatter that no one records.
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#38. One chair upon another is pornographic. Ten in a stack is aspirational. I made so many mistakes on purpose just to get them out of the way. One cannot convince another to love anything or anyone. Better than arguing is just pointing and saying Look at that. I've
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#39. The trouble with comparing yourself to others is that there are too many others. Using all others as your control group, all your worst fears and all your fondest hopes are at once true. You are good; you are bad; you are abnormal; you are just like everyone else.
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#40. We like stories that are false and seem true (realist novels), that are true and seem false (true crime), that are false and seem false (dragons and superheroes), or that are true and seem true, but it's harder to agree on what that is.
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#41. Slowly, slowly, I accumulate sentences. I have no idea what I'm doing until suddenly it reveals itself, almost done.
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#42. There will come a time when people decide you've had enough of your grief, and they'll try to take it away from you.
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#43. Depression is hard to describe not just because it is complex and abstract but also because it occupies the part of us capable of describing things.
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#44. I read obituaries every day to learn what sorts of lives are available to us, to see an entire life compressed into a few column inches, to fit the whole story in my eye at once.
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#45. My existence shrank from an arrow of light pointing into the future forever to a speck of light that was the present moment. I got better at living in that point of light, making the world into that point. I paid close attention to it. I loved it very much.
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#46. Living in a dream of the future is considered a character flaw. Living in the past, bathed in nostalgia, is also considered a character flaw. Living in the present moment is hailed as spiritually admirable, but truly ignoring the lessons of history or failing to plan for tomorrow are considered character flaws ... I wanted to know how to inhabit time in a way that wasn't a character flaw.
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#47. I like writing that is unsummarizable, a kernel that cannot be condensed, that must be uttered exactly as it is.
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#48. I knew I couldn't replicate my whole life in language.
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#49. Sometimes a single sentence can be enough to fill the imagination completely. And sometimes a book's title is enough.

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