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Beautiful Sentences: Genevieve Valentine

Of course, like most unkind advice, it was correct, eventually, somehow.

Genevieve Valentine, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti.

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Beautiful Sentences: Sigrid Nunez

In the news: Thirty-two million adult Americans can’t read. The potential audience for poetry has shrunk by two-thirds since 1992. A “rent-burdened” woman worrying how she’s going to survive in New York City decides to try writing a novel (“and that’s going well”).

Sigrid Nunez, The Friend.

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Beautiful Sentences: Tommy Orange

She presses the Home button and for a second, just for a small moment, thinks she should open her other Facebook feed. On that other Facebook, she’d find the information and media she’d always been looking for. On that other Facebook feed, she’d find true connection. That is where she’d always wanted to be. Is what she’d always hoped Facebook would turn out to be. but there is nothing else to check, there is no other Facebook, so she clicks the screen off and puts the phone back in her pocket.

Tommy Orange, There There.

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Beautiful Sentences: Sigrid Nunez

If reading really does increase empathy, as we are constantly being told that it does, it appears that writing takes some away.

Sigrid Nunez, The Friend.

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Beautiful Sentences: Tommy Orange

Those hills bend time.

Tommy Orange, There There.

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Beautiful Sentences: Emily Banks

We close our own dead’s eyes so we can’t see
this pupilless despair, the final begging prayers
of a godless animal.

Emily Banks, “Thaw.”

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Beautiful Sentences: Fernando Pessoa

And I smile to myself as I think that life, which includes these pages bearing the names of fabrics and various sums of money, blank spaces, ruled lines and letters, also includes the great navigators, the great saints, the poets of every age, none of whom appear in this book, a whole vast progeny excluded by those who determine what is of value in the world.

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.

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Beautiful Sentences: Joy Williams

Little children were too innocent to provide salvation. Indeed, little children were always leading their elders right into the teeth of death.

Joy Williams, The Changeling.

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Beautiful Sentences: Fernando Pessoa

There is no work of art that could not have been more perfect. Read line by line, no poem, however great, has no single line that could not be improved upon, no episode that could not be more intense, and the whole is never so perfect that it could not be even more perfect.

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.

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Beautiful Sentences: Joy Williams

They had provided her with substitutions and she had lived safely in the brightness of false things.

Joy Williams, The Changeling.

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