Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery. - Anne Sexton
583"Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn’t want them back." - Samuel Beckett, from Krapp’s Last Tape
332"Sat shivering in the park, drowned in dreams and burning to be gone." - Samuel Beckett, from Krapp’s Last Tape
218"The definition of morality: Morality is the idiosyncrasy of decadents having the hidden desire to revenge themselves upon life — and being successful." - Friedrich Nietzsche, from Ecce Homo
2022"Gradually, but deliberately…I have made myself into a machine. I have done it deliberately—in order to endure, in order not to feel. I have deliberately killed my senses—I have deliberately died […]" - T.S. Eliot, from Selected Letters
938"Was this why I kissed you?
Was this why I tormented myself, loving?
To remember you now, calmly and wearily,
With loathing?" - Anna Akhmatova, from White Night Of 1914
1081"Be with me always — take any form — drive me mad! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!" - Emily Brontë, from Wuthering Heights
524"There are times when you seem indifferent to everything." - Virginia Woolf, from Night And Day
420"Isn’t it better not to talk so much, not to be worrying always about small things that don’t really matter?" - Virginia Woolf, from Night And Day
164"It was clear that she had been a very desirable and distinguished figure, the mistress of her little section of the world; but more than that, she was the person of all others who seemed to him the arbitress of life, the woman whose judgment was naturally right and steady, as his had never been in spite of all his culture. And then he could not see her come into a room without a sense of the flowing of robes, of the flowering of blossoms, of the purple waves of the sea, of all things that are lovely and mutable on the surface but still and passionate in their heart." - Virginia Woolf, from Night And Day
323"Everything about her seemed rapid, fragmentary, and full of a kind of racing speed." - Virginia Woolf, from Night And Day
198"She always says she dislikes the abnormal, it is so obvious. She says the normal is so much more simply complicated and interesting." - Gertrude Stein, from The Autobiography Of Alice B. Toklas
708"To seek a true feeling among the chaos of the unfeelings or half-feelings of life, to recognize it when found, and to accept the consequences of the discovery […]" - Virginia Woolf, from Night And Day