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Reading Bucket List Must Have


Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“There is no means of testing which decision is better, because there is no basis for comparison. We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, "sketch" is not quite a word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture.”

Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“I’m not good at talking,” Naoko said. “Haven’t been for the longest while. I start to say something and the wrong words come out. Wrong or sometimes completely backward. I try to go back and correct it, but things get even more complicated and confused, so that I don’t even remember what I started to say in the first place. Like I was split into two or something, one half chasing the other. And there’s this big pillar in the middle and they go chasing each other around and around it. The other me always latches onto the right word and this me absolutely never catches up”

Tablo, Pieces of You.

"I always make sure there's an opening in the room--an inch at the door, or maybe even at the window. My grandmother taught me that if one dies during sleep, the soul needs an exit, or it will be forever trapped in the room."

Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.

"Introverts need to trust their gut and share their ideas as powerfully as they can. This does not mean aping extroverts; ideas can be shared quietly, they can be communicated in writing, they can be packaged into highly produced lectures, they can be advanced by allies. The trick for introverts is to honor their own styles instead of allowing themselves to be swept up by prevailing norms."

Kay Redfield Jamison, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide.

"Look to the living, love them, and hold on."

Danielle Steel, His Bright Light: The Story of My Son, Nick Traina.

"There are times when you want to scream, days when you think you can't do it anymore, weeks when you know you haven't made a difference and only wish you could, moments when you want to turn your back on it. It is their problem, not yours, and yet it becomes yours if you love the person suffering from it. You have no choice. You must stand by them."

Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

“You couldn’t begin to imagine who I am, where I’m going, or what I’m about to do, All of you are trapped here. You can’t go anywhere, forward or back. But I’m not like you. I have work to do. I have a mission to accomplish. And so, with your permission, I shall move ahead.”

Zawawi Ibrahim, Representation, Identity and Multiculturalism in Sarawak.

"So whenever a social occasion arises which brings two generations together, some elders take the opportunity of 'telling stories' as a way of sharing their deep thoughts and concerns for there community. The narratives below reflect the older generation's feeling of anxiety and uncertainty for the future of their society"

Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter.

“Don't trust anyone. Be a cold fish. I hurt no one. And no one can hurt me.”

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