"Yes, Caleb, love. Love costs. It always costs. Sometimes it costs everything." Island of the World, Michael D. O'Brien
Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination. Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
"I already thought it was what I wanted: to be loved and admired. Now I think perhaps I'd like to be known." Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

Waste Time Properly

“You should take a holiday. Leave the books aside for a time. If we do not run away occasionally, we will never be at home.” “Hey, that’s deep!” “If we do not waste time properly, nothing will be accomplished.” Island of the World, Michael D. O’Brien

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"And your desire for exultation is really a damaged longing for the transcendent." Island of the World, Michael D. O'Brien
"Wild nights are my glory...I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course...Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract." A Wrinkle In Time, Madeleine L'Engle
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. John Donne

The Same Humankind

Abraham Verghese on Paracelsus and Humanity

“This is a quote that hangs in my bedroom. It is by Paracelsus, a very interesting person. His full name was Wilhelm Paracelsus Bombastus. In fact, the word ‘bombastic’ comes from Paracelsus. He was a larger-than-life character, and he thought that no one else, including Celsus, knew what was going on. “Incredibly, he was also very focused on the patient/physician relationship in a way that…

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"When there's no place for the scalpel, words are the surgeon's only tool." Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
"Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?" "So easy that I am seldom perfectly sober."         Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night