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Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery - Anne Sexton
516""Don’t you want to join us?" I was recently asked by an acquaintance when he ran across me alone after midnight in a coffeehouse that was already almost deserted. "No, I don’t," I said." - Franz Kafka, from Diaries
378"I notice an infinite number of things without naming them; because I am not thinking of any special thing." - Virginia Woolf, from A Writer’s Diary
598"You too know that all my eyes see, all touch with myself, from any distance, is you. The caress of fabrics, the color of colors, the wires, the nerves, the pencils, the leaves, the dust, the cells, the war and the sun, everything experienced in the minutes of the non-clocks and the non-calendars and the empty non-glances, is you." - Frida Kahlo, from The Diary Of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
1193"I find it impossible to disentangle myself from those instincts, affections, passions, attachments…which bound me…from the first moment of consciousness to other people." - Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry
354"You need not be a selfless child, or a woman giving to the point of self-annihilation." - Anaïs Nin, from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
1648"And when I wake early I say to myself: Fight, fight. If I could catch the feeling, I would: the feeling of the singing of the real world; the sense that comes to me of being bound on a perpetual adventure — of being strangely free to do anything" - Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry
3515"I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all, I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s — my madness would not be an escape from “reality”." - Frida Kahlo, from The Diary Of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
760"I love her extravagances, her humility, her fear of disillusion. Her talk is like my secret writing. At times incoherent, at times abstract, at times blind. Let incoherent be, then. With her, I feel timeless." - Anaïs Nin, from The Diary Of Anaïs Nin Volume I 1931-1934
405"I observe in myself a continual increase in the degree to which I am affected by people […]" - Franz Kafka, from Diaries
126"But it is so easy to make the error of unfolding future sufferings, so far in front of one that one’s eyes must pass beyond them and never again return, while in reality, both today and later, one will stand with a palpable body and a real head, a real forehead that is, for smiting on with one’s hands." - Franz Kafka, from Diaries
2749"I am so clearly conscious how little deserving I am." - Franz Kafka, from Diaries
1377"Everything bad and weak in me held me back." - Franz Kafka, from Diaries
423"Questions that don’t answer themselves at the very moment of their asking are never answered." - Franz Kafka, from Diaries
1127"I am alive. But it cannot be true." - Franz Kafka, from Diaries
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