A selection of quotes I have collected along my literary and lyrical travels…

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We are reminded of the old Persian curse: “May your every desire be immediately fulfilled.”

— The Te of Piglet

I do it for the joy it brings
Because I’m a joyful girl
Because the world owes me nothing
And we owe each other the world

— Ani Di Franco, Joyful Girl, Dilate

I am a poster girl with no poster

— Ani Di Franco, 32 Flavours, Not A Pretty Girl

She reminded me of a warning I was fond of repeating: do not, under any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction by trying to turn it into a carbon copy of real life; what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.

— Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

For a brief time we experienced collectively the kind of awful beauty that can only be grasped through extreme anguish and expressed through art.

— Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

I am struck by a sudden thought: memories have ways of becoming independent of the reality they evoke. They can soften us against those we were deeply hurt by or they can make us resent those we once accepted and loved unconditionally.

— Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

She got ironic tattoos on her back
That ain’t ironic b****, I love Rugrats

— Childish Gambino, L.E.S.

“What a beautiful name,” Kimberly said. “Does it mean anything? I love multicultural names because they have such wonderful meanings, from wonderful rich cultures.” Kimberly was smiling the kindly smile of people who thought “culture” the unfamiliar colourful reserve of colourful people, a word that always had to be qualified with “rich”. She would not think Norway had a “rich culture”.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Americanah

I am dying because nobody seems to have any need for me. Nuts and bolts come to life only if the whole machine remains active and if the nuts and bolts are accorded their proper spaces…

— Chittaprosad, 1953, Letters

Simply and only to go on painting picture after picture – I have neither the mind nor heart to go on singing for the sake of singing alone… There’s no company in my life these days, only those who have an empathetic heart, they are few, and they only increase a sense of indebtedness that I cannot accomplish anything worthy of their stature.

— Chittaprosad, 1953, Letters
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