Amy’s Favorites

The following lines from some of Amy’s favorite books and songs have left an indelible image on her mind and heart and continue to inspire her to write and to love.

BOOKS

Destiny is usually just around the corner. Like a thief, a hooker, or a lottery vendor — its three most common personifications. But what destiny does not do is home visits. You have to go for it.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon – “The Shadow of the Wind”

Life is given to me only once, and never will be again — I don’t want to sit waiting for universal happiness. I want to live myself; otherwise, it’s better not to live at all.
Fyodor Dostoevsky – “Crime and Punishment”

So many words get lost. They leave the mouth and lose their courage, wandering aimlessly until they are swept into the gutter like dead leaves. On rainy days you can hear their chorus rushing past.”
Nicole Krauss – “The History of Love”

For there is no such things as perpetual Tranquility of mind, while we live here; because Life itself is but Motion, and can never be without Desire, nor without Fear, nor more than without Sense.
Thomas Hobbes – “Leviathan”

Real suffering has a face and a smell. It lasts in its most intense form no matter what you drape over it. And it knows your name.
Mary Karr – “The Liar’s Club”

Nature is fine in love, and where ‘tis fine
It sends some precious instance of itself
After the thing it loves.
Shakespeare – “Hamlet”

But we never stop looking, not even after those we love become part of the unreachable horizon. We can never stop carrying the heavy weight of love on this pilgrimage; we can only transfigure what we carry. We can only shatter it and send it whirling into the world so that it can take shape in some new way.
Stephanie Kallos – “Broken For You”

SONGS

They say it fades if you let it,
love was made to forget it.
I carved your name across my eyelids,
you pray for rain I pray for blindness.
The Arcade Fire – “Crown of Love”

In pitch dark, I go walking in your landscape
Broken branches trip me as I speak
Just ‘cause you feel it doesn’t mean it’s there …
Radiohead — “There There”

When there’s too much going on
Well, it’s calm under the waves
in the blue of my oblivion
Fiona Apple – “Sullen Girl”

Yes I am alone, but then again I always was
As far back as I can tell
I think maybe it’s because
Because you were never really real to begin with
I just made you up to hurt myself
Nine Inch Nails – “Only”


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