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Nothing lasts, you see, not even the thoughts inside you. And you mustn’t waste your time looking for them. Once a thing is gone, that is the end of it.
—  Paul Auster, The Invention of Solitude
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.
—  Paul Auster
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
—  John Lennon

If I fell in love with you
would you promise to be true
and help me understand?

Because I’ve been in love before
and I found that love
was more than just holding hands.

If I give my heart to you
I must be sure from the very start
that you would love me more than [them].

If I trust in you, please don’t run and hide.
If I love you too, oh please,
Don’t hurt my pride like [them].
Because I couldn’t stand the pain

….So I hope you see that I
Would love to love you.

—  The Beatles, “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night