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Feb
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I don’t know why people do the things they do to each other. We’re all here to live our lives, to do our work, to raise our families, to love who we love. We’re all here for the same things, but some, they can’t let that be. They can’t be happy or content with that.
— Teesha Maddox (J.D. Robb)
Concealed in Death
Feb
2nd
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Egypt loved the lotus because it never dies. It is the same for people who are loved. Thus can something as insignificant as a name—two syllables, one high, one sweet—summon up the innumerable smiles and tears, sighs and dreams of a human life.
— Dinah (Anita Diamant)
The Red Tent
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I could only be what I was. And I was a woman.
— Dinah (Anita Diamant)
The Red Tent
Jan
9th
Thu
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I’d chosen the regret I could live with best, that’s all. I’d chosen the life I belonged to.
— Sarah, ‘The Invention of Wings’ by Sue Monk Kidd
Dec
31st
Tue
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There is no past apart from the backstory we give our present.
— Lama Marut, ‘A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life’
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We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great.
— Art Buchwald (quoted in ‘A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life’)
Nov
2nd
Sat
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Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.
— Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner
Oct
31st
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Such is frequently the fate, and such the stern development, of the feminine character and person, when the woman has encountered, and lived through, an experience of peculiar severity. If she be all tenderness, she will die. If she survive, the tenderness will either be crushed out of her, or -and the outward semblance is the same-crushed so deeply into her heart that it can never show itself more. The latter is perhaps the truest theory. She who has once been woman, and ceased to be so, might at any moment become a woman again, if there were only the magic touch to effect the transfiguration.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter
Jan
5th
Sat
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The notion of labeling groups of people in order to define the parameters of discussion and problem solving had always seemed […] little more than a fool’s errand. Ideas, so long as they were constructive and based in facts and reality rather than hysterics and the propagation of ignorance and fear, were worth exploring regardless of their presenter’s ideology.
— Dayton Ward
Paths of Disharmony 
Dec
9th
Sun
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Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
— Seneca the Younger