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A Bird in Philadelphia Quotes

Talent is developed in solitude, and character in the stream of the world.
- Goethe


Of all that is written, I love only what has been written with blood.
- Nietzche


"I am a tree, grown in the shade, and today I stretched my branches to tremble for a while in the daylight. I came here to tell you good-bye, my beloved, and it is my hope that our farewell will be great and awful like our love. Let our farewell be like fire that bends the gold and makes it more resplendent."

When she rose and looked at me and said, "Now I shall return happily to my dark cave, where horrible ghosts reside; do not sympathize with me, my beloved, and do not feel sorry for me, because the soul that sees the shadow of God once will never be frightened, thereafter, of the ghosts of devils. And the eye that looks on heaven once will not be closed by the pains of the world."

Uttering these words, Selma left the place of worship; and I remained there lost in a deep sea of thoughts, absorbed in the world of revelation where God sits on the throne and the angels write down the acts of human beings, and the souls recite the tragedy of life, and the brides of Heaven sing the hymns of love, sorrow and immortality.

- The Broken Wings



"What makes the desert beautiful," said the little prince, "is that somewhere, it hides a well..."

- The Little Prince

Deserving of its own page are some of my favorite excerpts from novels by Milan Kundera.

A link to an online text of The Spirits Rebellious (1908), by Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet and writer: the accounts of shining souls in a rotten world.