possession of an idea

How would you notice the damage literature does to you when you think that you possess books, stories and thoughts?The truth is that you are possessed by them. 

Urdu Poetry

A perspective

I learned a beautiful lesson from life. It is that I should not have quit when I was almost failing, because I was almost failing. 

The second sex

Man is defined as human being and woman is defined as female.

-Simone de Beauvoir in her book, The second sex

Quotes from Light years, James Salter

We were moderate, we will never know what it is to spill out our lives. . .

She can’t walk very well. She limps. . . she can never dance. That’s why the real grace, the real music is in her.

Life is weather. Life is meals.

From Light years

There is no complete life. There are only fragments. We are born to have nothing, to have it pour through our hands. And yet this pouring, this flood of encounters, struggles, dreams… one must be unthinking, like a tortoise. One must be resolute, blind. For whatever we do, even whatever we do not do prevents us from doing the opposite. Acts demolish their alternatives, that is the paradox. So that life is a matter of choices, each one final and of little consequence, like dropping stones into the sea.
Light years, James Salter

From Light years

There is no complete life. There are only fragments. We are born to have nothing, to have it pour through our hands. And yet this pouring, this flood of encounters, struggles, dreams… one must be unthinking, like a tortoise. One must be resolute, blind. For whatever we do, even whatever we do not do prevents us from doing the opposite. Acts demolish their alternatives, that is the paradox. So that life is a matter of choices, each one final and of little consequence, like dropping stones into the sea.
Light years, James Salter

Words of gold

The power to change one’s life comes from a paragraph, a lone remark … The polished sentences had arrived, it seemed, like so many other things, at just the right time. How can we imagine what our lives should be without the illumination of the lives of others?

Light years, James Salter

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