How does a man decide in what order to abandon his life?

from No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

The thing is to be happy,’ he said. ‘No matter what. Just try that. You can. It gets to be easier and easier. It’s nothing to do with circumstances. You wouldn’t believe how good it is. Accept everything and then tragedy disappears. Or tragedy lightens, anyway, you’re just there, going along easy in the world.

from Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

The strange and terrible thing coming clear to her about the world of the future, as she now pictured it, was that she would not exist there. She would only walk around, and open her mouth and speak, and do this and that. She would not really be there…. What would she care about? How would she know that she was alive?

from Runaway by Alice Munro

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"there is nothing to be done/it cannot be helped"

The only thing suffering teaches us is that we are capable of suffering.

Melvin Jules Bukiet

Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference. Perhaps this is why we always love madly someone who treats us with indifference.

Cesare Pavese

I say unto thee: rise up and walk. None of your bones are broken.

Ingeborg Bachmann

No, I don’t. I’m very self-sufficient. I like my own space. I mean, why does everybody need to be with somebody? I don’t understand that. I really don’t. You know, somebody doesn’t complete you.

Diane Warren, answering whether she regrets not having a partner (via asexyquotes)

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