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The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

(Elizabeth Foley)

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If life is a book we write, it should be a book of dreams. And even if they don’t all come true, at least the story will still be amazing.

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A rather long one

So you want to be a writer?

by Charles Bukowski

If it doesn’t come bursting out of you

in spite of everything,

don’t do it.

Unless it comes unasked out of your

heart and your mind and your mouth

and your gut,

don’t do it.

If you have to sit for hours

staring at your computer screen

or hunched over your


searching for words,

don’t do it.

If you’re doing it for money or


don’t do it.

If you’re doing it because you want

women in your bed,

don’t do it.

If you have to sit there and

rewrite it again and again,

don’t do it.

If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,

don’t do it.

If you’re trying to write like somebody


forget about it.

If you have to wait for it to roar out of


then wait patiently.

If it never does roar out of you,

do something else.

If you first have to read it to your wife

or your girlfriend or your boyfriend

or your parents or to anybody at all,

you’re not ready.

Don’t be like so many writers,

don’t be like so many thousands of

people who call themselves writers,

don’t be dull and boring and

pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-


The libraries of the world have

yawned themselves to


over your kind.

don’t add to that.

Don’t do it.

unless it comes out of

your soul like a rocket,

unless being still would

drive you to madness or

suicide or murder,

don’t do it.

Unless the sun inside you is

burning your gut,

don’t do it.

When it is truly time,

and if you have been chosen,

it will do it by

itself and it will keep on doing it

until you die or it dies in you.

There is no other way.

And there never was.

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A Photograph

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

(Diane Arbus)

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Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
(Will Rogers)

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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
(Bob Marley)

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Something to think about

Brick walls are there for a reason; they let us prove how badly we want things.

(Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture)

Randy Pausch is what I’d like too call “one of the inspirational people”. I came upon the video below while trying to find out more about the author of the quote and this next video is worth sharing.

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“Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. If you think that you won’t be able to understand a world in which living is more important than understanding, then give up magic now. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.”

Paulo Coelho (Brida)

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There is no big secret that I love to read. In fact, the greatest torture for me is to be stuck somewhere (a doctor’s office, a bus stop, you name it) without any reading material. Sometimes I’ll even settle for a Thai magazine if there’s nothing else around.

Last Wednesday was one such case. I had just finished the last page of Letters from Thailand (review coming soon, I hope) and looked around for some new reading material, when I happened to see a Thai fashion magazine. So I started leafing through it. No, I can’t read the language but I can look at the pictures. Then I saw this:

“Alone with myself

The trees bend to caress me

The shade hugs my heart.”

(Candy Polgar)


Who is Candy Polgar?

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Life and Work

Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work. (Gustave Flaubert)

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