Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr: Poetic dictionary

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When I feel inclined to read poetry, I take down my dictionary. The poetry of words is quite as beautiful as the poetry of sentences. The author may arrange the gems effectively, but their shape and lustre have been given by the attrition of ages. –Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., writer and physician (1809-1894)

Arthur Koestler: Puns and Coincidence

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Coincidence may be described as the chance encounter of two unrelated causal chains which—miraculously, it seems—merge into a significant event. It provides the neatest paradigm of the bisociation of previously separate contexts, engineered by fate. Coincidences are puns of destiny. In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot; in the coincidental happening, two strings of events are knitted together by invisible hands.

– Arthur Koestler (1905–1983), Hungarian-born British author. “Janus: A Summing Up,” Bricks to Babel: Selected Writings with Comments by the Author, Hutchison (1980).

F. Scott Fitzgerald & Zelda Fitzgerald: On The Past

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It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), U.S. author, and Zelda Fitzgerald (1900–1948), U.S. writer. First published in Esquire (New York, June 1934). “Show Mr. and Mrs. F to Number—,” The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

Philip K. Dick: Reality

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.

— Philip K. Dick (1928–1982), U.S. science fiction writer. Quoted by Dick in “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later,” introduction, I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon (1986).

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