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JAVIER MARIAS ~ ILLUSIONS

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“Illusions are important. What you remember can be as important as what really happens.”
Javier Marias

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIRGINIA WOOLF

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Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf.
Virginia was born on this day (25th of January) in 1882 in Kensington,London, Uk.

MILAN KUNDERA ~ MY AMBITION

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“My lifetime ambition has been to unite the seriousness of question with the lightness of form.”
—Milan Kundera

HANNAH ARENDT ~ CULTURE VERSUS ENTERTAINMENT

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Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world;
entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.
Hannah Arendt

LOUIS DE BERNIERES ~ FALLING IN LOVE

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When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No… don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away… (Iannis to Pelagia)

CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLINE
Louis de Bernières

Painting by Kees van Dongen

JULIO CORTAZAR ~ AN UNREAL REALITY

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“These days, my notion of the fantastic is closer to what we call reality.” —Julio Cortázar

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR ~ ONE’S PAST

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“It’s very hard to review one’s past without cheating a little.”

Simone de Beauvoir

ERNEST HEMINGWAY ~ IMMORTALITY

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From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.

Ernest Hemingway

RUDYARD KIPLING ~ ON LIFE

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“This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.” 
 Rudyard Kipling, Kim
Rudyard Kipling
John Maler Collier – 1900

BENITO PEREZ GALDOS ~ OPPRESSION LEADS TO FREEDOM

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“Just how the night turns into day, oppression leads to freedom”

“Así como de la noche nace el claro del día, de la opresión nace la libertad.”

Benito Perez Galdos

Benito Pérez Galdós was a Spanish realist novelist. Some authorities consider him second only to Cervantes in stature as a Spanish novelist. He was the leading literary figure in 19th century Spain.

Portrait of Benito Perez Galdos by Joaquin Sorolla

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