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A Quote by Tim O'Brien on war, living, and the human heart

Now, what I have told you is, is a war story. War stories aren't always about war, per se. They aren't about bombs and bullets and military maneuvers. They aren't about tactics, they aren't about foxholes and canteens. War stories, like any good story, is finally about the human heart. About the choices we make, or fail to make. The forfeitures in our lives. Stories are to console and to inspire and to help us heal. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. And a good war story, in my opinion, is a story that strikes you as important, not for war content, but for its heart content. The second reason I told you this story is that none of it's true. Or very little of it. It's - invented. No Ellroy, no Tip-Top Lodge, no pig factory, I'm trying to think of what else. I've never been to the Rainy River in my life. Uh, not even close to it. I haven't been within two hundred miles of the place. No boats. But, although the story I invented, it's still true, which is what fiction is all about. Uh, if I were to tell you the literal truth of what happened to me in the summer of nineteen sixty-eight, all I could tell you was that I played golf, and I worried about getting drafted. But that's a crappy story. Isn't it? It doesn't - it doesn't open any door to what I was feeling in the summer of nineteen sixty-eight. That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth. The pig factory is there for those dreams of slaughter - they were quite real inside of me. And in my own heart, I was certainly on that rainy river, trying to decide what to do, whether to go to the war or not go to it, say no or say yes. The story is still true, even though on one level it's not; it's made up.

The point was not to pull a fast one, any more than, you know, Mark Twain is trying to pull a fast one in Huckleberry Finn. Stories make you believe, that's what dialogue is for, that's what plot is for, and character. It's there to make you believe it as you're reading it. You don't read Huckleberry Finn saying "This never happened, this never happened, this never happened, this never happened-" I mean, you don't do that, or go to The Godfather and say, you know, no horse head. I mean, you don't think that way; you believe. A verisimilitude and truth in that literal sense, to me, is ultimately irrelevant. What is relevant is the human heart.

Tim O'Brien

Contributed by: Jennifer

A Quote by Michael Arndt on suffering, living, happiness, and film quote

Yeah. French writer. Total loser. Never had a real job. Unrequited love affairs. Gay. Spent 20 years writing a book almost no one reads. But he's also probably the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Anyway, he uh... he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, 'cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn't learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you're 18... Ah, think of the suffering you're gonna miss. I mean high school? High school - those are your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that.

Michael Arndt

Source: Little Miss Sunshine

Contributed by: Jennifer

A Quote by Robin on beauty, healing, shaman, dancing, singing, soul, journey, authenticity, symmetry, path, joy, way, living, being, and opening

The shaman knows that the soul’s urge toward beauty is not about perfect symmetry and mainstream approval. It is not about opening doors in business, or snagging the right mate, or fitting in at the A-list parties. The shaman knows that beauty is about opening doors to joy, snagging the moment, and fitting into your own life. She knows beauty is not something to buy. It is a path, a way of living and being in the world. The only path and the only way, if you want to keep dancing and singing.

Robin Rice

Source: ShapeShifting Beauty: A Kaleidoscope Of Healing, Pages: 5

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Tzol on living, laughing, chanting, dreaming, and love

"I'm laughing. I'm chanting. I'm dancing. I'm dreaming. I'm living. I'm loving. It's good to be alive!"

Tzol

Source: Desert Flower

Contributed by: Kelley

A Quote by Thomas Merton on life, living, and being present

Today will never come again. 

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Contributed by: Elize

A Quote by David Deida on truth, love, philosophy, living, david deida, and blue truth

If knowing the truth is sufficient for you, then practice the art of philosophy. If only living the truth will suffice, then practice the art of love through your mind, your emotions, and your body.

David Deida

Source: Blue Truth: A Spiritual Guide to Life & Death and Love & Sex, Pages: 50

Contributed by: Lewis

A Quote by unknown on love, life, and living

GRATITUDE IS MY PERMANENT ATTITUDE!

unknown

Source: findbliss.com

Contributed by: jo098730

A Quote by Miguel de Unamuno on achieving, achievement, hope, life, living, courage, strength, the impossible, and challenge

Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.

Miguel de Unamuno

Source: Dennis Kucinich

Contributed by: barefoot

A Quote by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on osho, life, living, and creative

Be Realistic: Plan for a Miracle.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Source: http://www.oshoworld.com/index.asp

Contributed by: firecracker

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