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“Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don’t know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finite­ness of life. It’s that ter­ri­ble pre­ci­sion that we hate so much. But because we don’t know, we get to think of life as an inex­haustible well. Yet every­thing hap­pens a cer­tain num­ber of times, and a very small num­ber, really. 

How many more times will you remem­ber a cer­tain after­noon of your child­hood, some after­noon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even con­ceive of your life with­out it ? Per­haps four or five times more. Per­haps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise ? Per­haps twen­ty. And yet it all seems limitless.”

-Paul Bowles, The Shel­ter­ing Sky

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