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  • Zembla is a site devoted to the life and works of author, translator, and lepidopterist.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Pale Fire")
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  • I wish I could make you see how much fuller the life I offer you is than anything you have a conception of. I wish I could make you see how exciting the life of the spirit is and how rich in experience. It's illimitable. It's such a happy life. There's only one thing like it, when you're up in a plane by yourself, high, high, and only infinity surrounds you. You're intoxicated by the boundless space.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "The Razor's Edge")
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  • Praise everybody, I say to such: never be squeamish, but speak out your compliment both point-blank in a man's face, and behind his back, when you know there is a reasonable chance of his hearing it again. Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. As Collingwood never saw a vacant place in his estate but he took an acorn out of his pocket and popped it in; so deal with your compliments through life. An acorn costs nothing; but it may sprout into a prodigious bit of timber.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")
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  • I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one's very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?
    (Voltaire, "Candide")
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  • There must be some other possibility than death or lifelong penance ... some meeting, some intersection of lines; and some cowardly, hopeful geometer in my brain tells me it is the angle at which two lines prop each other up, the leaning-together from the vertical which produces the false arch. For lack of a keystone, the false arch may be as much as one can expect in this life. Only the very lucky discover the keystone.
    (Wallace Stegner, "Angle of Repose")
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  • Blessed be shock. Blessed be the part of us that protects us from too much pain and sorrow. At the heart of life is a fusebox.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • Just for the sake of amusement, ask each passenger to tell you his story, and if you find a single one who hasn't often cursed his life, who hasn't told himself he's the most miserable man in the world, you can throw me overboard head first.
    (Voltaire, "Candide")
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  • Joy said she hadn't really understood the meaning of life until Tyffanie had come along, but now she understood it perfectly. Well, great, I felt like saying. Make sure you share the news with Plato and Kierkegaard and all those other philosophers who'd banged their heads against the wall, trying to figure things out.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")
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  • It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy. I didn't want to cause any unhappiness now-in that way, I decided it was probably better than he wasn't here to see this, though I missed him so much at that moment the ache of it was as bad as the strange pains in my belly.
    (W. Bruce Cameron, "A Dog's Purpose")
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  • Life's a shit sandwich, my ass. Life's a polka and don't you forget it!
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")
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  • It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • I don't just want a piece of you and a piece of your life. Even if you were able, which you are not, to give me the biggest piece, that is not what I want. I want all of you and all of every part of you and your day.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")
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  • She preferred to get high on life.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")
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  • Life is a peephole, a single tiny entry onto a vastness--how can I not dwell on this brief, cramped view of things? This peephole is all I've got!
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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