Cementerio de la Recoleta, taken in 2009.

“Pain is the most individualizing thing on earth.  It is true that it is the great common bond but that realization comes only when it is over.  To suffer is to be alone; to watch another suffer is to know the barrier that shuts each of us away by himself.  Only individuals can suffer….” –Edith Hamilton, The Greek Way, 1993

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself: I have lived through this horror; I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“The secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself. Prove that you can control yourself and you are an educated man. Without this, all other education is good for nothing.” –R.D. Hitchcock

“In the end, its not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.” –Abraham Lincoln

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. –Swedish Proverb

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” –Anthony Brandt

“Monsters are real.  And ghosts are real too.  They live inside us.  And sometimes they win.” –Stephen King

“None of your neurons know who you are…nor do they care” –Eduard Punset

“It is said that time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind protecting its sanity covers them with scare tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.” –Rose Kennedy

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” –Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.” –William Gladstone

“If two past lovers can remain friends, it’s either that they are still in love or they never were.” –Kid Cudi

“And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can’t ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young. And it never fails to surprise you as you grow older, as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be or if it’s already happened.” –Douglas Coupland

“Only ignorance! Only ignorance! How can you talk about only ignorance? Don’t you know that it is the worst thing in the world next to wickedness— and which does the most mischief heaven only knows.  If people can say, `Oh! I did not know, I did not mean any harm,’ they think it is all right.” –Anna Sewell, Black Beauty (1877)

“It’s unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn’t have to say this, but I really like human beings who have suffered. They’re kinder.” –Emma Thompson

“That’s life for you. All the happiness you gather to yourself, it will sweep away like it’s nothing. If you ask me I don’t think there are any such things as curses. I think there is only life. That’s enough.” Junot Díaz, as the character Lola, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“And I found that I can do it if I choose to – I can stay awake and let the sorrows of the world tear me apart and then allow the joys to put me back together different from before but whole once again.”  –Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation

“For some unexplained reason, I have always been attracted to the unusual, the uncomfortable thing, as well as the beautiful thing and their juxtaposed contrasts.” –Richard Harris, artist (Morbid Curiosity), said to Stephen T. Asma of The Chronicle, in “A Healthy Mania for the Macabre

“Time goes, you say? Ah no, Alas, time stays, we go.” –Austin Dobson

“You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.” –Epictetus

“You’re beautiful, but you’re empty. No one could die for you.” –Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince

“There is nothing glorious in dying, anyone can do it.” –John Lydon

“Now being dead is either of two things. For either it is like being nothing and the dead man has no perception of anything, or else, in accordance with the things that are said, it happens to be a sort of change and migration of the soul from the place here to another place. And if in fact there is no perception, but it is like a sleep in which the sleeper has no dream at all, death would be a wondrous gain.” –Socrates in “The Apology”, Four Texts on Socrates, ed. Thomas G. and Grace Starry West

“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.” –William James

“Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it.” –Audre Lorde

“La muerte no existe, la gente sólo muere cuando la olvidan; si puedes recordarme, siempre estaré contigo.” –Isabel Allende (Translation: Death does not exist, people only die when they are forgotten; if you can remember me, I will always be with you.)


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