„always either on a peak of happiness or drowning in black waters of despair they loved or they loathed, they lived in a world of superlatives“

—  Nancy Mitford, livro The Pursuit of Love

Fonte: The Pursuit of Love

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1904 - 1973

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or drown in despair when his days darken.“

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„I do want your happiness. But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope.“

—  Haruki Murakami, livro Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

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Fonte: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
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—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

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