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my name is axel marazzi and i eat words for breakfast.

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“Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself. A martyr at the stake may have happiness that a king on his throne might envy. Man is the creator of his own happiness. It is the aroma of life, lived in harmony with high ideals. For what a man has he may be dependent upon others; what he is rests with him alone.”

– David O. McKay, Pathways to Happiness

“The institutions of human society treat us as parts of a machine. They assign us ranks and place considerable pressure upon us to fulfill defined roles. We need something to help us restore our lost and distorted humanity. Each of us has feelings that have been suppressed and have built up inside. There is a voiceless cry resting in the depths of our souls, waiting for expression. Art gives the soul’s feelings voice and form.”

– Daisaku Ikeda

“I would cling to unhappiness because it was a known, familiar state. When I was happier, it was because I knew I was on my way back to misery. I’ve never been convinced that happiness is the object of the game. I’m wary of happiness.”

– Hugh Laurie

“Even in Siberia there is happiness.”

– Anton Chekhov

“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.”

– Willa Cather, My Ántonia

“Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier.”

– David J. Pollay

“Friendship is thinking of the other person first.”

– George Alexiou

“You and your purpose in life are the same thing. Your purpose is to be you.”

– George Alexiou

“Three or four times only in my youth did I glimpse the Joyous Isles, before they were lost to fogs, depressions, cold fronts, ill winds, and contrary tides… I mistook them for adulthood. Assuming they were a fixed feature in my life’s voyage, I neglected to record their latitude, their longitude, their approach. Young ruddy fool. What wouldn’t I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.”

– David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Every day is a journey filled with twists and turns. Every day, if you smile, you will feel alive, my son.”

– Santosh Kalwar