"The thing about boxes," I said, "is that you can open them up.
Even though they're completely boring on the outside,
there might be something interesting inside."
-- Dan Wells, I am Not A Serial Killer
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"The thoughts you loved to think about,
the memories you wanted to hold up to the light
and view from every angle --
it suddenly seems a lot safer to lock them in a box,
far from the light of day and throw away the key.
It's not an act of bitterness.
It's an act of self-preservation.
It's not always a bad idea to stay behind the window
and look out at life instead, is it?"
-- Ally Condie, First Day
"Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift."
-- Mary Oliver
"Life in a box was unbearable
How did humans stand it?"
-- Patrick Jennings, We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes