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.
It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life.
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.
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!
Life on a lifeboat isn't much of a life. It is like an end game in chess, a game with few pieces. The elements couldn't be more simple, nor the stakes higher.
My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition.
The worst pair of opposites is boredom and terror. Sometimes your life is a pendulum swing from one to the other.
When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.
When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
Why do people move? What makes them uproot and leave everything they've known for a great unknown beyond the horizon? ... The answer is the same the world over: people move in the hope of a better life.
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