The rain has stopped, but the starry skies that peek through the clouds are fake. Gentle words reach out to a closed heart, and the woman steps out into the dark chasms of a bottomless marsh. What the man sees in the fake sky is the shimmer of life that burns blue. And a star falls.
Darker than Black
A Japanese legend says that if you can’t sleep at night it’s because you’re awake in someone else’s dream.
People continue living, knowing they’ll die anyway.
Jin Hun, My Name is Kim Sam Soon
Don’t compare yourself to anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself.
Half the world’s starving; the other half is trying to lose weight.
Of course, though, you understand why, and I tell you only the pleasure of writing the words. I loved you, Gemma, when you were an ugly little girl in a gingham frock, with a scratchy tucker and your hair in a pigtail down your back; and I love you still. Do you remember that day when I kissed your hand, and when you so piteously begged me ‘never to do that again’? It was a scoundrelly trick to play, I know; but you must forgive that; and now I kiss the paper where I have written your name. So I have kissed you twice, and both times without your consent. That is all. Good-bye, my dear.
E.L. Voynich, The Gadfly
As we grow old, we have these sorts of thoughts - there really isn’t much to life. It’s not as if we can take our money and power with us when we die. We just live each day by seeing the persons we love. As we live like that, that’ll be a happy life.
Teacher Kim, Scent of a Woman (2011)