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Pico Iyer
Born in Oxford, England in 1957, resident since 1992 in suburban Japan and a Benedictine hermitage in Big Sur, California.
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Pico Iyer 20h
A young person--or young culture--can't always see, perhaps, that to be tough-minded is not the same as being hard-hearted. If anything, it's the opposite, since kindness is only as useful as the discernment that lies behind it.
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Pico Iyer Feb 18
“I realize that all the fine feelings in the world,” Tarkovsky wrote near the end of his life, “are worth less than one simple good deed.”
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Pico Iyer Feb 17
If you’re determined to win, you’ll never come out ahead; there’s always another contest to engage in.
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Pico Iyer Feb 16
The problem with atheism, as they say, is that it comes from the mind, which is never where reality (or uplift) exist in the first place.
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Pico Iyer Feb 15
A teacher isn’t meant to make you feel better; only to make you look harder, which often in truth amounts to feeling worse.
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Pico Iyer Feb 14
Ideology is like a flimsy man-made shelter in which we try to hide from the complications, the beautiful contradictoriness of the world.
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Pico Iyer Feb 13
“Let’s just face the music and the facts,” says a character in Denis Johnson’s last book, published posthumously. “Somebody’s going out of my mind.”
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Pico Iyer Feb 12
Maybe we don’t work or even pray our way to heaven; we simply wake up to the fact that we’ve been there all along.
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Pico Iyer Feb 11
Ninety-eight per cent of all the humans who have ever lived could not read or write.
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Pico Iyer Feb 10
“Religion at its best,” writes James Carroll, once a priest, “is only a way of knowing that religion is unnecessary.”
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Pico Iyer Feb 9
And the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture evoking anger, rue, intelligence, vulnerability and complication--while outshining Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall--goes to the incomparable, the untameable Sir Anthony Hopkins.
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Pico Iyer Feb 9
I don’t follow the news when I’m sitting still; I make it—or see what really matters behind the passing fluff.
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Pico Iyer Feb 7
Iguazu: the place where a country with a beautiful past always behind it bumps into the country with a beautiful future always ahead of it, and the only thing that remains real is the constant, remorseless flow of water.
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Pico Iyer Feb 6
Our deepest problem, often, comes when we try to make sense of things, since so many things, especially the most important, make no sense at all (or at least no sense we can apprehend).
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Pico Iyer Feb 5
If we lack the patience for dependent clauses, we’re losing the capacity for subtle truths.
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Pico Iyer Feb 4
“The lover of life makes the whole world his family”—even disenchanted bad-boy Baudelaire could recognize.
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Pico Iyer Feb 3
I’m not in a hurry to quarrel with the heavens, because the heavens always win.
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Pico Iyer Feb 2
“Each of us has a soul,” Teresa of Avila observed, “but we forget to value it.”
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Pico Iyer Feb 1
“The ceaseless passage of years,” notes Marcus Aurelius, “makes eternity ever young.”
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Pico Iyer Jan 31
The true second home in any life is seldom a piece of real estate, and usually a piece of unreal expansiveness, the place one recognizes before one ever sees it.
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