Suvi Jokinen

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"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." "Brave, unconcerned, mocking, violent–thus wisdom wants us: she is a woman, and loves only a warrior." - Friedrich Nietzsche "You are afraid of it because it is stronger than you; you hate it because you are afraid of it; you love it because you cannot subdue it to your will. Only the unsubduable can be loved." - Yevgeny Zamyatin "You have those walls up all around you…Come a day you gonna want to tear them down brick by brick and gonna find that the cement is all hard. What you gonna do then?" THE DEAR ONE, JACQUELINE WOODSON Flirting with madness was one thing; when madness started flirting back, it was time to call the whole thing off. A FINE BALANCE, ROHINTON MISTRY I often feel like I want to think something but I can’t find the language that coincides with the thoughts, so it remains felt, not thought. Sometimes I feel like I’m thinking in Swedish without knowing Swedish. SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU, PETER CAMERON Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe. A GAME OF YOU, NEIL GAIMAN Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction. THE BOOK THIEF, MARKUS ZUSAK “A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you.” The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?” The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.” JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, WENDY MASS Feelings can be like wild animals—we underrate how fierce they are until we’ve opened their cage. THE SUNFLOWER: A NOVEL, RICHARD PAUL EVANS "My whole life I've hated going to bed. I like falling asleep instead. Falling asleep is so much better than going to bed because you don't get tangled up in the logistics. Falling asleep happens for you, even if it means waking up at eight to the sun assaulting your eyes while a block of metal videos are playing on VH1 Classic. Then all you have to do is scamper over to your bed where you can capitalize on how fresh the memory of how to sleep is and instantly dip back into slumber. Going to bed invites performance anxiety. Going to bed means you have to confront a final moment of consciousness. I'm not a fan." “Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the 8-color boxes, but what you're really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back. I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I've got a few missing. It's ok though, because I've got some more vibrant colors like periwinkle at my disposal. I have a bit of a problem though in that I can only meet the 8-color boxes. Does anyone else have that problem? I mean there are so many different colors of life, of feeling, of articulation.. so when I meet someone who's an 8-color type.. I'm like, "hey girl, magenta!" and she's like, "oh, you mean purple!" and she goes off on her purple thing, and I'm like, "no - I want magenta!"” -John Mayer

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