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leap and survive

Athletes have studied how to leap and how to survive the leap some of the time and return to the ground. They don’t always do it well. But they are our philosophers of actual moments and the body and soul in them, and of our manoeuvres in our emergencies and longings.

Harold Brodkey, “Meditations on an Athlete,” in Cape (1992)


our sweetest songs

We look before and after / and pine for what is not / our sincerest laughter / with some pain is fraught / our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, “To a Skylark” (1820)


we remain

Sorrow comes in great waves—no one can know that better than you—but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us it leaves us on the spot and we know that if it is strong we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.

Henry James, letter to Grace Norton (1883)



I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

Eric Roth (screenwriter), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The film is based on the story by F. Scott. Fitzgerald; the quote is from the film, not the book. (2008)

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