Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
“Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create beyond the single need—this is man.”
Christopher Hitchens
“Part of the function of memory is to forget. The omni-retentive mind will break down and produce at best an idiot savant who can recite a telephone book, and at worst a person to whom every grudge and slight is as yesterday’s.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
Vladimir Nabokov
“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.”
Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451
“I’ll hold on to the world tight some day. I’ve got one finger on it now; that’s a beginning.”
Oscar Wilde
“It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors.”
Abraham Lincoln
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.”
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
“Clocks slay time. Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”
Abraham Lincoln
“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”
Donald Hebb
“If it isn’t worth doing, it isn’t worth doing well.”
Ernest Hemingway
“Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once, go all the goddamn way with what matters.”

Franz Kafka, Homecoming

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“The more one hesitates before the door, the more estranged one becomes.”
Septim themes