Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying 'You gave me the wrong key!


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How well I know with what burning intensity you live. You have experienced many lives already, inclu...
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Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.
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And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to b...
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I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark though the witches are all hung, ...
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I walked into my own book, seeking peace.
It was night, and I made a careless movement inside t...
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There is a fissure in my vision and madness will always rush through.
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There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
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If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then do...
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Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
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The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.
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My attraction to drugs is based on an immense desire to annihilate awareness.
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She is suspicious of words. She lives by her senses, by her intuition. We don’t have a language fo...
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The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
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I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
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I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live.
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I want to love you wildly. I don’t want words, but inarticulate cries, meaningless, from the botto...
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When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.
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Writers do not live one life, they live two. There is the living and then there is the writing. Ther...
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People living deeply have no fear of death.
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From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to...
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Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is t...
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The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.
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She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in t...
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For too many centuries women have been being muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to ...
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The enemy of a love is never outside, it's not a man or a woman, it's what we lack in ourselves.
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When I first met him, he did not care if a friend did not fit into his world, because at that time h...
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You carry away with you a reflection of me, a part of me. I dreamed you; I wished for your existence...
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Also, I do not like the companionship of women. They are petty and personal. They hang on to their m...
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A man fell in love with Jeanne, and she tried to love him. But she complained that he uttered such o...
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I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a foo...
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You cannot do any more for me," I said. "Since I have begun to depend on you I feel weaker than ever...
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In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of p...
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We don't see the world as it is, we see it as we are
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Stories are the only enchantment possible, for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are...
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I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emp...
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I want to do things so wild with you that I don't know how to say them.
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Pain is something to master, not to wallow in.
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[Y]ou have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The ful...
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Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.
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Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
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I write emotional algebra.
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She was truthful, or I was the greatest dupe who ever existed. I can only believe in our ecstasy. I ...
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The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
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The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that ...
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How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it...
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Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds o...
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Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
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I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
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There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
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What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
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Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
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The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
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Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It d...
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