Maybe she thought the garbage and rocks in your head were interesting. But finally, garbage is garbage and rocks are rocks.
("The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle")
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Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment.
Time passes slowly. Nobody says a word, everyone lost in quiet reading. One person sits at a desk jotting down notes, but the rest are sitting there silently, not moving, totally absorbed. Just like me.
The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you're supposed to go up and down when you're supposed to go down. When you're supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. When you're supposed to go down, find the deepest well and go down to the bottom. When there's no flow, stay still. If you resist the flow, everything dries up. If everything dries up, the world is darkness.
Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it's time to drink.
Only the dead stay 17 forever.
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