To your mad world — one answer: I refuse.

— Marina Tsvetaeva

She did not want, then or ever, to entertain; she wanted to move people, to establish with them some communion of emotion.

— Joan Didion

Goodnight and great love to you. We see the same stars.

— George Mallory


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Seine in Paris verbliebene Umgebung verbreitete, es ginge ihm schon viel besser.

— Ebbo Demant

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I have often noticed that when women look at themselves in every reflection, and take furtive peeps into their hand looking-glasses, it is hardly ever, as is generally supposed, from vanity, but much more often from a feeling that all is not quite as it should be.

— Nancy Mitford


Carlo Scarpa | Brion Cemetary | 1969 - 1978

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We are constructed in memory.

— Gilles Deleuze

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We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.

— Orson Welles



/// We return to each other in waves. This is how water loves.

[Be water, my friend.]

Es ist das Glück des Flaneurs, kein Ziel haben zu müssen. Während andere einer Bestimmung folgen, lässt er sich treiben. Die Fülle seiner Eindrücke verdankt er der Planlosigkeit seines Umherstreifens. Er ist der Nomade der großstädtischen Kultur, ein Sammler von Augenblicken. Die modernen Städte sind wie für ihn gemacht. Jede Straße wird ihm zum Boulevard seiner Anschauung, jeder Platz zum Areal seiner Feldforschung. Er erwartet nichts und sieht alles.

— Jürgen Goldmann

feel the #juche.

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Remember: Despite how open, peaceful and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you as deeply as they've met themselves.

— Matt Kahn

Your soul is a landscape rare.

— Paul Verlaine


It's all Rheydt.

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Find me where you lost me.

— Haruki Murakami

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

/// Sometimes you can't explain what you see in a person.
It's just the way they take you to a place where no one else can.

All the people sent to us are our reflection. And they are sent so that when we look at these people we correct our mistakes, and when we correct them, these people either change too or leave our lifes.

— Boris Pasternak

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[Correspondance Philatélique]

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I so often remain silent. I am like a wolf in his den hiding my grief, it's hard on people.

— Marina Tsvetaeva

In ordinary life, we scarcely get by with language because we only indicate superficial relations. As soon as speech is made from deeper relations, another language immediately appears: The poetic.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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These fragments I have shored against my ruins.

— T. S. Eliot

Art offers the possibility of love with strangers.

— Walter Hopps


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Art is an experience, not an object.

— Robert Motherwell

/// Not until you find your own soul
you will be able to find another.


I'm directing landscapes as much as I'm directing characters.

— Werner Herzog

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A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.

— Milan Kundera


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You belong to another time.

― Jorge Luis Borges

Do not neglect the echo. You live by echoes.

— Edmond Jabès



Kaiser Wilhelm II. an Bertha Krupp, 12.12.1902

I think it's so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary ― you're happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.

― Georgia O'Keeffe

Ask her what she craved, and she'd get a little frantic about things like books, the woods, music. Plants and the seasons. Also freedom.

— Charles Frazier

Muammar al-Gaddafi and Kim Il Sung meet in True Korea, 1982.

[Feel the Juche; thank.]

You never look at me from the place in which I see you.

― Jacques Lacan


Stalker, dir. by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1979

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Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour, and is not reminded of the flux of all things? Throw a stone into the stream, and the circles that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Natalia Yurchenko; Yurchenko Loop

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/// When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them.
It may take seconds to say, but for them, it could last a lifetime.


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The image is indivisible and elusive, dependent upon our consciousness and on the real world which it seeks to embody. If the world is inscrutable, then the image will be so too. It is a kind of equation, signifying the correlation between truth and the human consciousness, bound as the latter is by Euclidean space. We cannot comprehend the totality of the universe, but the poetic image is able to express that totality.

― Andrei Tarkovsky

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Jörg Engelmann | Meteorit | 1998

/// Behind my smile, there's a story
you would never understand.

I believe that your soul and my soul are very old friends.

― Mandeq Ahmed


Air treatment plant by Flora Ruchat-Roncati, Switzerland, 1989

Once you start to speak of things that are precious, you are immediately anxious about how people will react to what you have said, and you want to protect these things, to defend them against incomprehension.

— Andrei Tarkovsky

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The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It's always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it's a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.

― Tahereh Mafi

Just being away from people is one of the most marvelous fulfillments a man like me can have.

— Charles Bukowski

The Bukowski Tapes I / II

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Style has no formula, but it has a secret key. It is the extension of your personality. The summation of this indefinable net of your feeling, knowledge and experience.

— Ernst Haas

Reality is now a mass of competing fictions.

— J. G. Ballard

We are the city of cities.

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Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.

— Rumi

If we opened people up, we'd find landscapes.

— Agnès Varda


Ph. by Owen Harvey

[Bangs; as always.]

The idea that we live life in a straight line, like a story, seems to me to be increasingly absurd and, more than anything, a kind of intellectual convenience.

— Nick Cave

When we stop struggling, we float.

— Mark Nepo

The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it.

— Stanley Kubrick

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.

— Rumi

Discover the next chapter ...

Where lies your landmark, seamark, or soul's star?

— Gerard Manley Hopkins

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I have always liked people who can't adapt themselves to life pragmatically.

— Andrei Tarkovsky

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For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: That each protects the solitude of the other. This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: The more they give, the more they possess.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

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Every man carries within himself a world made up of all that he has seen and loved; and it is to this world that he returns, incessantly, though he may pass through and seem to inhabit a world quite foreign to it.

— François-René de Chateaubriand

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Everything disappears and everything remains in the universe.

Good bye, Cassini ...

/// I like simple things. Art, being alone,
or with somebody who understands.

The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question.

— James Joyce


I think it's important to realize you can miss something, but not want it back.

— Paulo Coelho

Do you understand the sadness of geography?

— Michael Ondaatje

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[Bangs; as always.]

Human relationships were strange. I mean, you were with one person a while, eating and sleeping and living with them, loving them, talking to them, going places together, and then it stopped. Then there was a short period when you weren't with anybody, then another woman arrived, and you ate with her and fucked her, and it all seemed so normal, as if you had been waiting just for her and she had been waiting for you. I never felt right being alone; sometimes it felt good but it never felt right.

— Charles Bukowski

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I have simply looked at human relationships and tried to see them, tried to speak about them. That's what I am interested in. I don't know of anything more important.

— Pina Bausch

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Some girls are full of heartache and poetry and those are the kind of girls who try to save wolves instead of running away from them.

— Nikita Gill

People might think we are totally arrogant, but we are not. We want to have a communication.

— Edgar Froese

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Contador says farewell with win on Angliru ...

The truth is it has been a very, very special day. I think it's very difficult to say good bye in a better way than this, in this place, in this event. In the end, it's a full stop at the end of a career in which I have done everything I wanted. I think it's been a beautiful Vuelta even though I am not on the podium. But perhaps if I had been in contention for the overall podium I would have ridden in a different way, more conservative, and instead I have ridden the race I have ridden. I look at the photos, and almost every day there are pictures of me alone because I have been on the attack. [...] I think in the future it'll be remembered that in my last day of competition, I finished it with a win.

— Alberto Contador

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To look at the stars is to fully understand what and who we are.

— Nicholas Browne

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real is rare.

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