„That something so small could be so beautiful. Worth so much. Only the strongest people can turn away from feelings like that.“

Source: All the Light We Cannot See

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Context: Often we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that, upon closer examination, aren't really that big a deal. We focus on little problems and blow them out of proportion. … Whether we had to wait in line, listen to unfair criticism, or do the lion's share of the work, it pays enormous dividends if we learn not to worry about little things. So many people spend so much of their life energy "sweating the small stuff" that they completely lose touch with the magic and beauty of life.

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„People don't very much like things that are beautiful — they are so far from their nasty little minds.“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918

As quoted in Debussy : Musician of France (1957) by Victor Illyitch Seroff, p. 172

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„It feels so exhausting to be so bad at something I loved so much.“

—  Chuck Klosterman, book Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

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„Truth is something so noble that if God could turn aside from it, I could keep the truth and let God go.“

—  Meister Eckhart German theologian 1260 - 1328

Meister Eckhart: A Modern Translation (1941) by Raymond Bernard Blakney, p. 240

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„I've been away from Hollywood so long, I feel like a spider on a wedding cake.“

—  Shelley Winters actress 1920 - 2006

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„What's so exciting is to be able to just take something and polish it so much that hopefully in the future people will start borrowing things from it.“

—  Theo de Raadt systems software engineer 1968

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„Would you not like to try all sorts of lives — one is so very small — but that is the satisfaction of writing — one can impersonate so many people.“

—  Katherine Mansfield New Zealand author 1888 - 1923

Letter to Sylvia Payne (24 April 1906), from The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield (1984-1996), vol. I

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„When we look upon lives so human and yet so small, we feel as if we ourselves were enlarged to an embarrassing bigness of stature. We feel the same kind of obligation to these creatures that a deity might feel if he had created something that he could not understand.“

—  G. K. Chesterton, book The Defendant

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Context: The essential rectitude of our view of children lies in the fact that we feel them and their ways to be supernatural while, for some mysterious reason, we do not feel ourselves or our own ways to be supernatural. The very smallness of children makes it possible to regard them as marvels; we seem to be dealing with a new race, only to be seen through a microscope. I doubt if anyone of any tenderness or imagination can see the hand of a child and not be a little frightened of it. It is awful to think of the essential human energy moving so tiny a thing; it is like imagining that human nature could live in the wing of a butterfly or the leaf of a tree. When we look upon lives so human and yet so small, we feel as if we ourselves were enlarged to an embarrassing bigness of stature. We feel the same kind of obligation to these creatures that a deity might feel if he had created something that he could not understand.

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