None of them really wanted to listen to someone else’s story anyway; they only wanted to tell their own.
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“Friendship is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.” ― Oscar Wilde
1,3. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry | 2.Anne Carson, Euripides | 4.Malcolm T. Liepke | 5.@i-wrotethisforme | 6,9,11,14.Hanya Yanagihara | 7.Arnold Lobel | 8.E. M. Forster | 10.Peter Wever | 12.Joseph Lorusso | 13.Ocean Vuong
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A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara // Dancing Bears, William H. Beard
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Why wasn't friendship as good as a relationship? Why wasn't it even better? It was two people who remained together, day after day, bound not by sex or physical attraction or money or children or property, but only by the shared agreement to keep going, the mutual dedication to a union that could never be codified.
— Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
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You know I don’t agree with what you did. But I understand why you did it.
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara + friendship
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— Hanya Yanagihara, from A Little Life
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so impressed with this ─ like i was impressed with a little life, but also so unlike a little life. you can read my general thoughts about the book on my website here.
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harold on willem and jude
moments from a little life
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“what he knew, he knew from books, and books lied, they made things prettier”
— hanya yanagihara, a little life.
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― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
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You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad—or good—it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.
- Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
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Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
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a little life by hanya yanagihara // the embrace by peter wever // the predatory wasp of the palisades is out to get us by sufjan stevens // every ounce of me by atticus // a text from my best friend grace // winnie the pooh by a. a. milne // like real people do by hozier // lamia by john waterhouse // the raven cycle by maggie stiefvater // the boy, the mole, the fox, and the horse by charlie mackesy
on all-encompassing friendship, and the beautiful, unclear line between platonic and romantic.
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when hanya yanagihara said “and so i try to be kind in everything i see, because in everything i see, i see him” and when hanya yanagihara said “‘what can i do?’ willem asked. ‘nothing,’ jude said. they were quiet. ‘but willem—will you stay with me for a little while?’ ‘of course,’ he said” and when hanya yanagihara said “those lines he thought of whenever he was coming home, coming back to greene street after a long time away—“and tell me this: i must be absolutely sure. this place i’ve reached, is it truly ithaca?”—as all around him, the apartment filled with light” and when hanya yanagihara said “they all loved jude, and admired him, but he often felt that jude had let him see a little more of him—just a little—than he had shown the others, and was unsure what he was supposed to do with that knowledge” and when hanya yanagihara said “why wasn’t friendship as good as a relationship? why wasn’t it even better? it was two people who remained together, day after day, bound not by sex or physical attraction or money or children or property, but only by the shared agreement to keep going, the mutual dedication to a union that could never be codified” and when hanya yanagihara said “‘and who are you?’ ‘i’m willem ragnarasson and i will never let you go’” and when hanya yanagihara said “since then, willem has held him in the same way every night, even through july” and when hanya yanagihara said “finally, and most important, jude st francis, my best friend and love of my life, for everything” and whe
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“And so I try to be kind to everything I see, and in everything I see, I see him.”
A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara SPOTIFY PLAYLIST
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