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Many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese — toasted, mostly.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish essayist, novelist, poet
Treasure Island, ch. 15 (1883)
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Whichever way we look the prospect is disagreeable. Behind, we have left pleasures we shall never more enjoy, and therefore regret; and before we see pleasures which we languish to possess, and are, consequently, uneasy till we possess them.

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) Irish poet, playwright, novelist
The Citizen of the World, Letter 44 (1762)
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It sometimes seems to me that we are all afflicted with an urge and possessed by a longing for the impossible. The reality around us, the three-dimensional world surrounding us, is too common, too dull, too ordinary for us. We hanker after the unnatural or supernatural, that which does not exist, a miracle. As if that everyday reality isn’t enigmatic enough!

M. C. Escher (1898-1972) Dutch artist [Maurits Cornelius Escher]
“The Impossible”
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As a hart longs for flowing streams,
So longs my soul for thee, O God.

The Bible (14th C BC - 2nd C AD) Christian sacred scripture
Psalm 42:1

Alt. trans.:
  • As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. [NSRV]
  • As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. [KJV]
  • As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. [NIV]
  • As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God. [GNT]
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