Thoughts on { Balloons | Jean-Pierre de Caussade / Herman Melville / Gene Fowler / Bret Easton Ellis / David Foster Wallace / Haruki Murakami

Félix Vallotton, The Balloon, 1899

“We buy balloons, we let them go.”

Bret Easton Ellis

“There is a savor of life and immortality in substantial fare. Like balloons, we are nothing till filled.”

Herman Melville

“The soul, light as a feather, fluid as water, innocent as a child, responds to every movement of grace
like a floating balloon.”

Jean-Pierre de Caussade

“The greatest sin is appearing naive or old-fashioned so that somebody can give you a sort of a very
cool arch smile and devastate you with one extraordinarily crafted line that puts kind of a hole in
your pretentious balloon.”

David Foster Wallace

“What is success? It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins.”

Gene Fowler

“I’d be smiling and chatting away, and my mind would be floating around somewhere
else, like a balloon with a broken string.”

Haruki Murakami

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