Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery. - Anne Sexton
807"Ah yes, my life’s a compromise — all a compromise." - Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry
342"Life without illusion is a ghastly affair." - Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry
123"I want to give the slipperiness of the soul." - Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry
327"As for writing—I want to express beauty, too—but beauty (symmetry?) of life and the world, in action. Conflict?—is that it? Isn’t there a different kind of beauty? No conflict. I attain a different kind of beauty, achieve a symmetry by means of infinite discords, showing all the traces of the mind’s passage through the world, achieve in the end some kind of whole made of shivering fragments—to me this seems the natural process, the flight of the mind." - Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry
280"I wish to discover what aims drive people on and whether these are illusory or not." - Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry
300"…I completely dwelt in every idea, but also filled every idea, and I not only felt myself at my boundary, but at the boundary of the human in general." - Franz Kafka, from Diaries
3346"You can find more honesty in the smallest of my gestures rather in my words; my words are too impatient, too loose, too doomed in some way." - Anaïs Nin, from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1 
2408"I sink into a peaceful numbness." - Franz Kafka, from Diaries

(Source: kafkaesque-world, via kafkaesque-world)

449"Pure honesty is a doubtful quality; it means often lack of imagination." - Virginia Woolf, from Selected Diaries
294"…again all my nerves stood upright, flushed, electrified (what’s the word?) with the sheer beauty — beauty abounding and superabounding, so that one almost resents it, not being capable of catching it all, and holding it all at the moment." - Virginia Woolf, from Selected Diaries
1719"What was I going to say? Something about the violent moods of my soul. I think I grow more and more poetic. Perhaps I restrained it, and now, like a plant in a pot it begins to crack the earthenware." - Virginia Woolf, from Selected Diaries
424"Often I feel the different aspects of life bursting my mind asunder." - Virginia Woolf, from Selected Diaries
4872"You intensify
everything." - Frida Kahlo, from The Diary Of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
4472"I only feel close to people who arouse my energy, who make enormous demands of me, who are capable of enriching me with experience, pain, people who do not doubt my courage, or my toughness. People who do not believe me naive or innocent, but who challenge my keenest wisdom, who have the courage to treat me like a woman in spite of the fact that they are aware of my vulnerability." - Anaïs Nin, from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
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