Nikki Chowdury

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"I see her but she sees past me. I look in her eyes but she looks around me. Does she know what I see when she stares through me? I see her and I can't help watching her not watching me" "How could I have been so ignorant? she thinks. So stupid, so unseeing, so given over to carelessness. But without such ignorance, such carelessness, how could we live? If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next - if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions - you’d be doomed. You’d be as ruined as God. You’d be a stone. You’d never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You’d never love anyone, ever again. You’d never dare to." - Margaret Atwood "So do I realize that my beliefs may be offensive to 1.6 billion muslims? sure. I’m an atheist, my beliefs are offensive to about 5.5 billion people. The ironic thing is that the one thing the world religions agree upon is that there is a god, and that Atheists are wrong. They conveniently forget that their beliefs/gods actively cancel each other out. This sort of disillusion is at the heart of belief. They realize that the true enemy is those who question god all together and they band together to protect the glass house of belief they’ve built around themselves." - Richard Dawkins [On Marc Jacobs] "Most of his collections make references to the fashions of past decades from the forties to the eighties. Disputing the claim by the designer Oscar de la Renta that Jacobs is a mere copyist, The New York Times critic Guy Trebay has written "unlike the many brand-name designers who promote the illusion that their output results from a single prodigious creativity, Mr. Jacobs makes no pretense that fashion emerges full blown from the head of one solitary genius." “To thine own self be true” "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." "Enjoying life should be of much greater concern than understanding it." "Its okay to lose your pride over someone you love, but don't lose someone something you love, over your pride." "The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender." - Emil Ludwig "Always try your best to get your love. Otherwise you'll be forced to love whatever you get." "You can go on about how great Australia is to other Australians for just so long. And then it gets boring. We all know what a great place it is. It’s the rest of the world we need to convince.” (Mark Seymour) "A flag-draped local, who has never been outside his suburb/state/country, telling me “Straya is grouse” is a bit like parents talking about their kids - it’s tedious, embarrassing and no one believes a word." "Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a man who might not love you back, are you being brave, or pathetic?" "I am very interested and fascinated by how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other." "There are people we treat wrong and later we're prepared to treat other people right. Perhaps this sounds mercenary, but I feel grateful for these trial relationships, and I would like to think it all evens out - surely, unknowingly, I have served as practice for other people." “I feel like a defective model, like I came off the assembly line flat-out fucked and my parents should have taken me back for repairs before the warranty ran out.” "To remain alone did not seem to me a terrible fate, no worse than being falsely joined to another person." "We accept the love we think we deserve." "And this is how I know that it's all just words, words, words - that fundamentally, they make no difference... Our relationship, for as long as things were good, and in that moment when they could have been good again, was about the irrelevance of words. You feel what you feel, you act as you act, who in the history of the world has ever been convinced by a well-reasoned argument?" "His ambitions exceed his talent." "I'd like to know more. Ask me questions. What doesn't a swallow make? A swallow ? A summer. And clothes? The man. When the cat's away? The mice will play. Slow and steady? Wins the race. A rolling stone? Gathers no moss. He that will steal a penny? Will steal a pound. Out of sight? Out of mind. Not bad! More ? I think that those who know the proverbs can't be bad persons." “It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth.” “To get back to my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable” "We enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness. By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness." -David Weatherford

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