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Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery - Anne Sexton
37"How difficult it is to write to you! I have thought about it ever so many times—but it’s just these words one can’t say. I think perhaps if one had never written a word one would then be able to say what one meant. I dread so getting tangled in a mass of words that when I want most to write, I don’t." - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Lady Ottoline Morrell
24"I am feeling extremely barren and dry without you—" - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vanessa Bell
54"And if I ought to remember that you’ve been unhappy, so ought you to remember that I’ve been mad." - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Clive Bell
68"The truth shall be dug out of you at all costs." - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West
121"Yes, I do want to see you—Yes, I’m very fond of you—Yes-yes yes. I am here." - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West
93"My mind is like a deep irreflecting river in which facts are slowly turned." -  Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West
212"Do you ever feel words have gone dry and dull in your mind? Your mind like a sponge in the dust? You squeeze it and nothing comes?" - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West
182"I am your entirely devoted but helpless and useless creature." - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West
137""You do sometimes talk to each other about your feelings, don’t you?"
"You don’t talk about things like that," she replied, looking shocked. "What kind of an idea is that?"" - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
188"A trifle can upset her, and then she becomes unfair and aggressive. But you must understand that the reason she becomes so easily hurt is that she’s very vulnerable." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
116"I’ve been thinking of you all the time. You can’t think how I mind your being unhappy—it spoils everything." - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West
119"Should you say, if I rang you up to ask, that you were fond of me? If I saw you would you kiss me? If I were in bed would you—" -  Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West
476"She wept. And there was nothing to be done but to let her weep." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
450"Oh, you, you think you’re pretty smart because you play the cynic. But malice can also be blinding." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
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