to minimize friction . . .

The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.”

 
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showing you the way, scaring off thieves and demons . . .

“In Venice in the Middle Ages there was once a profession for a man called a codega–a fellow you hired to walk in front of you at night with a lit lantern, showing you the way, scaring off thieves and demons, bringing you confidence and protection through the dark streets. ” 

 
~Elizabeth Gilbert

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if only one could leave this life slowly . . .

“It’s not that we have to quit
this life one day, but it’s how
many things we have to quit
all at once: music, laughter,
the physics of falling leaves,
automobiles, holding hands,
the scent of rain, the concept
of subway trains… if only one
could leave this life slowly!” 

 
~Roman Payne

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maybe the only thing each of us can see is our own shadow . . .

“Maybe the only thing each of us can see is our own shadow.

Carl Jung called this his shadow work. He said we never see others. Instead we see only aspects of ourselves that fall over them. Shadows. Projections. Our associations.

The same way old painters would sit in a tiny dark room and trace the image of what stood outside a tiny window, in the bright sunlight.

The camera obscura.

Not the exact image, but everything reversed or upside down.” 

~Chuck Palahniuk

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