"The Briefcase"; Rebecca Makkai

History was safer than the news, because there was no question of how it would end.

If the sun so willingly leaves us, each morning it returns is a stay of execution, an undeserved gift.

I run by standing still.



I cannot intentionally hurt any thing that lives, much less fellow-human being even though they may do the greatest wrong to me and mine.


Martin Luther King Jr.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that time will inevitably cure all ills.


T. S. Elliot

The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.


"Musee des Beaux Arts"; W. H. Auden

About suffering they were never wrong...Its human position; how it takes place while someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along.