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Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery - Anne Sexton
205"The same silence: only there was no longer any hope in it; there would always be that same silence." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
220"Between happiness and unhappiness, there isn’t perhaps as much difference as one might think." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
222""I just want you to take an interest in things, to keep yourself occupied," he said quickly.
"I’m interested in us," she said. "That isn’t enough."
"It’s been enough for me for ten years." He gathered all his courage. "Listen, you know very well things have changed between us; there’s no sense in lying to each other. We once had a great and beautiful love and now, let’s face it, it’s turning into friendship. That doesn’t mean we’ll see less of each other, not at all," he added earnestly. "But you’ve got to finds an independent existence for yourself."" - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
327"You’d do a lot better to stop wrapping yourself in the past and start living a little in the present." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
272"Whenever you take your eyes away from true beauty, you immediately betray it." -  Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
240"I’m afraid of fear." - Alice In The Cities (1974) dir. by Wim Wenders
313"Far from the earth and its problems, far from the cold, from the wind, from her weary body, she was floating in a bath of innocence, and innocence can be every bit as exhilarating as voluptuousness." - Simone de Beauvoir, from The Mandarins
254"My love for you has laid everything waste — a real tornado. I’m hard and unfeeling, with just a great blaze of passion for you." - Simone de Beauvoir, from Letters To Sartre
101"Woolf often conceives of life this way: as a gift that you’ve been given, which you must hold onto and treasure but never open. Opening it would dispel the atmosphere, ruin the radiance—and the radiance of life is what makes it worth living. It’s hard to say just what holding onto life without looking at it might mean; that’s one of the puzzles of her books. But it has something to do with preserving life’s mystery; with leaving certain things undescribed, unspecified, and unknown; with savoring certain emotions, such as curiosity, surprise, desire, and anticipation. It depends on an intensified sense of life’s preciousness and fragility, when it comes to our most abstract and spiritual intuitions, looking too closely changes what we feel. It has to do, in other words, with a kind of inner privacy, by means of which you shield yourself not just from others’ prying eyes, but from your own." - Joshua Rothman, from Virginia Woolf’s Idea Of Privacy
234"…I never told you how I loved you." - Adrienne Rich, from A Woman Dead In Her Forties
166"The passion to be inscribes her body." - Adrienne Rich, from Hunger
422"There are things I will not share
with everyone." - Adrienne Rich, from A Woman Dead In Her Forties
127"…I feel so full
of work, the life I see ahead, and love
for you, who of all people
however badly I say this
will hear all I say and cannot say." - Adrienne Rich, from Paula Becker to Clara Westhoff
370"I have the feeling I’m
moving somewhere, patiently, impatiently,
in my loneliness." - Adrienne Rich, from Paula Becker to Clara Westhoff
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