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I like revisiting, at certain times, spots where I was once happy; I like to shape the present in the image of the irretrievable past.
- "White Nights"—Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Love is not sufficient. It never has been. Stories that claim otherwise are lies. There’s always something after happily ever after.
- "The Song Is You"—Arthur Phillips
When I don’t touch you it’s a mistake in any life, in each place and forever.
- "Other Lives and Dimensions and Finally a Love Poem"—Bob Hicok
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
All is not as it seems.
I am not as I seem.
Your soft limbs hide the outline of wings.
At the verge of thirteen, your toes grip the edge.
Beneath your feet, a wind you dare not predict.
- "All Is Not How It Seems"—Andy Jackson
If someday the moon calls you by your name don’t be surprised, because every night I tell her about you.
- Shahrazad al-Khalij

FROM “FATHERS AND SONS”— Ivan Turgenev

He was breathing hard; his whole body was trembling visibly. But it was not the trembling of youthful timidity or the sweet fretting over a first declaration of love that overcame him: it was passion struggling within him—powerful and painful.