Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery - Anne Sexton
4420"My heart talks about nothing but you." - Albert Camus, from The Just
258"No one has ever loved you like I love you." - Albert Camus, from The Just
307"It’s easy, it’s so much easier to die of your contradictions than to live with them." - Albert Camus, from The Just
1229"That’s why I like you so much. Your heart isn’t dead." - Albert Camus, from The Just
279"Deep feelings always mean more than they are conscious of saying. Great feelings take with them their own universe, splendid or abject.They light up with their passion an exclusive world in which they recognize their climate." - Albert Camus, from Essays
220"The heart remains unchanged under it all." - W.B. Yeats, from The Hour Glass
323"When one gets quiet; then something wakes up inside one, something happy and quiet like the stars—" - W.B. Yeats, from The Hour Glass
167"Do not dictate to your author; try to become him. Be his fellow-worker and accomplice. If you hang back, and reserve and criticize at first, you are preventing yourself from getting the fullest possible value from what you read. But if you open your mind as widely as possible, then signs and hints of almost imperceptible fineness, from the twist and turn of the first sentences, will bring you into the presence of a human being unlike any other. Steep yourself in this, acquaint yourself with this and soon you will find that your author is giving you, or attempting to give you, something far more definite." - Virginia Woolf, from How Should One Read A Book?

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275"l believe that the main thing in beginning a novel is to feel, not that you can write it, but that it exists on the far side of a gulf, which words can’t cross: that it’s to be pulled through only in a breathless anguish." - Virginia Woolf, from a letter to Vita Sackville-West
441"Whoever is a poet is one always, and continually assaulted by poetry." - Jorge Luis Borges, from Blindness
658"I looked intently at everything; I didn’t want to forget. But to keep the past alive, it has to be fed with regrets and tears. How was I to hold on to my memories and protect my heart?" - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
415"When you really want to stop loving, you stop loving. But you can’t want to at will." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
710"Don’t try to be cured; you will heal as much as you need to by yourself." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
286"Our love isn’t a story I can pull out of the context of my life in order to tell it to myself. It exists outside of myself; we bear it together. Closing one’s eyes isn’t enough to do away with the sun; disavowing that love is only blinding myself. No, I rejected cautious thinking, and false solitude, and sordid consolations. And I realized immediately that that rejection was still another sham; the truth is I was in no way master of my heart. I was powerless against that anguish which gripped me each time I opened one of his letters, and my sensible speeches would never fill the emptiness inside of me." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
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