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    "I am coming to the end of a long journey—a journey that began over 70 years ago at the beginning of World War II. This journey has basically been to show that there is an alternative to the Bolshevik revolutionary prototype. It has taken us a long time to accomplish this, but we have been able to do so both as a result of our historical vision and because of the very practical efforts of comrades who have risen to the challenge of creating a revolution unlike any revolution that has been in the past.

    "Because of my increasing physical limitations in the last few years, I have not been able to play the role that I might have played. But that is not as important now as recognizing what has been achieved. A revolution that is based on the people exercising their creativity in the midst of devastation is one of the great historical contributions of humankind."

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    — Grace Lee Boggs, in hospice
     

  2. "What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains."
    — Blanche DuBois, in Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire
     
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  5. Citicorp Center, New York

     

  6. "A fractal is a way of seeing infinity."
    — Benoît Mandelbrot
     
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    Open your eyes; listen, listen. That is what the novelists say. But they don’t tell you what you will see and hear. All they can tell you is what they have seen and heard, in their time in this world, a third of it spent asleep and dreaming, another third of it spent in telling lies.

    […]

    Apollo, the god of light, of reason, of proportion, harmony, number — Apollo blinds those who press too close in worship. Don’t look straight at the sun. Go into a dark bar for a bit and have a beer with Dionysios, every now and then.

    I talk about the gods; I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth.

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    — Ursula K. Le Guin. Introduction, The Left Hand of Darkness. pp xii, xiv-xv.
     
  9. iamjapanese:

    Xu Wei(徐渭 Chinese, 1521-1593)

    墨花圖

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  10. "I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates."
    — Maya Angelou, “Love Liberates”
     

  11. "Oh god, I thought, can nothing in this jungle behave as it ought? Must fruits move and trees breathe and freshwater rivers taste of the ocean? Why must nothing obey the laws of nature? Why must everything point so heavily toward the existence of enchantment?"
    — From Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees, p 134
     

  12. "This wall had gates of iron. The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts. They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within. The abbey was amply provisioned. With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion. The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think. The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the “Red Death.”"
    — Edgar Allan Poe, “The Masque of the Red Death.”