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Source of Infinite Hope

‘Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.’

– F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925. The Great Gatsby.

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‘He smiled understandingly – much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced – or seemed to face – the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.’

– F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1925. The Great Gatsby.

New World

‘Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it  refines itself.’

– George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Ignorance

‘They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.’

– George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Unconquerable Instinct

‘To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one’s lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available.’

– George Orwell. 1949. Nineteen Eighty-Four.

‘You risk tears if you let yourself be tamed.’

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. (1943). The Little Prince.

‘It is better that we become aware when we decide to go into a relationship that each of us is different, different but are in love.’

– ‘You risk tears if you let yourself be in love’. waterinthepond. Retrieved from https://waterinthepond.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/you-risk-tears-if-you-let-yourself-be-in-love/

The Little Prince (2015)

‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’

– Mark Osborne. (Director). (2015). The Little Prince [Motion picture].

The Lantern Out of Doors

‘Men go by me whom either beauty bright
In mould or mind or what not else makes rare:
They rain against our much-thick and marsh air
Rich beams, till death or distance buys them quite.’

– Gerard Manley Hopkins. The Lantern Out of Doors. In As kingfishers catch fire.

‘As kingfishers catch fire’

‘Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves – goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is me: for that I came.

– Gerard Manley Hopkins. ‘As kingfishers catch fire’. In As kingfishers catch fire.

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