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"A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked."

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country."

"The only abnormality is the incapacity to love."
Love

"When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow."

"How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself."

"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me nave or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

"Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death."

"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."

"Good things happen to those who hustle."

"Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat."

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Nature

"The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle."

"Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live."

"People living deeply have no fear of death."
Life

"If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it."
Art

"Dreams are necessary to life."
Dreams

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

"I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing."

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