Loss Quotes

We very early said to ourselves that we had lost the battle, and so we had

Monday, October 10th, 2011
red abstract

And we said so because we had no business fighting there: we wanted to get away from the field of battle as soon as possible. ‘We have lost, so we ought to run!’ and we ran. If we had not said so until evening, God knows what would have happened. To-morrow we will not say so. You say of our position that the left flank is…

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Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate

Saturday, September 24th, 2011
snacks flambe

Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate,
Whose table once a
Guest, but not
The second time, is set….

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Part of being a big winner is the ability to be a good loser

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
seeing upside down

“Jenny, if you’re so convinced I’m a loser, why did you bulldoze me into buying you coffee?”

She looked me straight in the eye and smiled.

“I like your body,” she said…

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We love only what we do not wholly possess

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
mirror

I must choose to cease from suffering or cease from loving. For, just as in the beginning it is formed by desire, so afterwards love is kept in existence only by a painful anxiety. I felt part of Albertine’s life eluded me. Love, in…

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While I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end

Saturday, February 20th, 2010
rose

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear tune’s waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow…

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The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost

Friday, February 12th, 2010
bird on one leg

All pessimism has a secret optimism for its object. All surrender of life, all denial of pleasure, darkness, all austerity, all desolation has for its real aim is this separation of something so that it may be poignantly and…

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The sunlight clasps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea; what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?

Saturday, February 6th, 2010
sun kissed mountain

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;

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Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness in other people.

Saturday, April 18th, 2009
bright sun, dark haze

In India since ancient times they have had the custom that practically everybody of a certain education, at least, has a guru, a spiritual teacher who teaches you and you alone what you ought to know. Now everyone needs to know the same thing and this king of knowledge can never be taught in the same way. That is a thing which is utterly…

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