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I see the pain of miserly love in young people, I say. You dont have that kind of melancholy on your face. But Im careful not to step on your feet when I speak with you. Its not like dancing. Its like a stone walkway with a little grass between the cracks. Its strong but I will try to tread carefully and not ruin it. In Muslim homes you leave your shoes outside. This is how I behave with you.
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When you get homesick, it's not something missing, it's something present, a visit. People and places from far away arrive and keep you company for a while.

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I love you because that piece that remains is worth the whole and I love you by exclusion of the other lost pieces.

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Mi accorgevo del corpo, del suo interno, accanto a lei: del battito del sangue a fior di polso, del rumore dell'aria nel naso, del traffico della macchina cuorepolmoni. Accanto al suo corpo esploravo il mio, calato nell'interno, sbatacchiato come il secchio nel pozzo.

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The geometry of the things around us creates coincidences, intersections.

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On the brink of sleep I have a gloomy thought: that saving yourself is only pushing yourself even deeper into the trap rather than getting out. Dying is the only way out.

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That's how you keep someone tied to you, not set them free. You say no to a man and don't give him the peace of repayment.

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You're right to say "hold on to" instead of "keep." To keep is presumptuous. To hold means you realize that today it's yours and tomorrow who knows.

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It's disgusting to kill, Laila. You never get rid of death's grease. It doesn't wash away.

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I'm not that man anymore. No one can stay that way too long. That's why wars end and a later generation catches its breath looking forward and erasing what's behind.

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I take the book stopped at a fold, deliver myself to its pace, to the breathing of the other storyteller. If I am someone else, it's also because books move men more than journeys or tears.
After many pages you end up learning a variant, a different move than the one taken and thought inevitable.
I break away from what I am when I learn to treat my own life differently.

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This is what books should do: Carry a person and not be carried by him; take the day off his back, not add its own ounces of paper to his vertebrae.

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