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Literature is Truer than Life (11)

"In a way, literature is truer than life," he said to himself. "On paper, you say exactly and completely what you feel. How easy it is to break things off on paper! You hate, you shout, you kill, you...
The Mandarins

Nothing Lasts Too Long (12)

Nothing could be slow enough, nothing lasts too long. No pleasure could equal, she thought, straightening the chairs, pushing in one book on the shelf, this having done with the triumphs of youth, lo...
Mrs. Dalloway

A Look at Life (13)

There it was before her - life. Life: she thought but she did not finish her thought. She took a look at life, for she had a clear sense of it there, something real, something private, which she shar...
To the Lighthouse

When to Quit (14)

To know when to quit. Whether to give up - this is often the question facing the gambler. No one is taught the art of walking away. And the anguish of deciding if I should keep playing is hardly unus...
A Breath of Life

Sometimes Life Comes Back (15)

Life was taking its vengeance on me, and that vengeance consisted merely in coming back, nothing more. Every case of madness involves something coming back. People who are possessed are not possessed...
The Passion According to G.H.

A Good Life (16)

There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two da...
For Whom the Bell Tolls

The Need for Criticism (17)

Life is a phenomenon in need of criticism, for we are, as fallen creatures, in permanent danger of worshipping false gods, of failing to understand ourselves and misinterpreting the behaviour of othe...
Status Anxiety

Our Two Great Love Stories (18)

Every adult life could be said to be defined by two great love stories. The first - the story of our quest for sexual love - is well known and well charted, its vagaries form the staple of music and ...
Status Anxiety

Reset Our Priorities (19)

When life becomes too complicated and we feel overwhelmed, itís often useful just to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose, our overall goal. When faced with a feeling of stagnation ...
The Art of Happiness

Every Minute is Something Precious (20)

Sometimes when I meet old friends, it reminds me how quickly time passes. And it makes me wonder if we've utilized our time properly or not. Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have ...
The Art of Happiness
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