I am astonished, disappointed, pleased with myself. I am distressed, depressed, rapturous. I am all these things at once, and cannot add up the sum.
— Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung
Ah, it was a fine night, a warm night, a wine-drinking night, a moony night, and a night to hug your girl and talk and spit and be heavengoing.
—On the Road by Jack Kerouac
He was seeking a soul worthy of participating in the universe.
–“The Circular Ruins” by Jorge Luis Borges
Leave the great world, let it run riot,
And let us stay where it is quiet.
It’s something that has long been done,
To fashion little worlds within the bigger one.
—Goethe’s Faust translated by Walter Kaufmann
Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have travelled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.
–“The Third and Final Continent” by Jhumpa Lahiri
Truly human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.
–“In a Grove” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
His story, as the story of every one of us, started long before we were born.
–“Immortality” by Yiyun Li