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"The mule always appears to me a most surprising animal.
That a hybrid should possess more reason, memory, obstinacy,
social affection, powers of muscular endurance, and length
of life, than either of its parents, seems to indicate that
art has here outdone nature."
- Charles Darwin
"The mule was old, raw-bony and mean. He was so raw-bony that
he creaked as he ambled about the village street with his meanness
shining out through every chink and cranny in his rattling anatomy."
- Zora Neale Hurston
"Papa brought home the sugar / Mama taught me the deeper meaning"
- Joni Mitchell
" . . . as his face turned toward an earth so resplendent
that it hurt his eyes, he felt at his back and all about
him the unconquerable dark, and it licked the light on
his face. Sometimes abruptly he turned to face it, letting
it envelop and pervade him, with a kind of relief. Then he
heard more clearly the sounds of those at work, the daughter
calling to her goats, the father cursing his mule."
- Samuel Beckett
"There is a middle way between nihilism and eternalism -
you have what you have while you have it.
It is better to have had sugar for a while
than never to have had it. Likewise, if everything
was sugar, there would be no sugar."
- Larry Lumpf
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