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The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.

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Jimi Hendrix’s birthday. Would have been 68 today.

“The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.”

Jimi Hendrix

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Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true.

Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true.

Ulysses S. Grant, 1822 – 1885
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The Velveteen Rabbit

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alanajoy:

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room.  ”Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse.  ”It’s a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful.  ”When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse.  ”You become.  It takes a long time.  That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.  Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.  But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

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There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.

The story – from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace – is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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