qotd: dreams

Version 3

Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.

—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

qotd: loyalty

Version 3

Loyalty is not a passive, negative guardianship of the gate . . . It is an active, determined desire that demands total self-awareness and deliberate engagement.

—Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre

qotd: freedom

Version 3

In memory, freedom is obvious. In the present moment it’s harder to appreciate, or recognize as a form of responsibility.

—Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays