❝Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.❞

— W.B. Yeats
❝A serious girl, when she finds someone who calms her spirit and quiets her busy thoughts, will love you so fiercely, it will defy even her own logic and reasoning.❞

— Dammit, Michelle
❝Of lovers whose bodies smell of each other, who think the same thoughts without need of speech.❞

— T.S. Eliot
❝I would listen to my heartbeat. I couldn’t imagine that this sound which had been with me for so long could ever stop.❞

— Albert Camus, “The Stranger” (Libraire Gallimard, 1942)
❝My wish is that you may be loved to the point of madness.❞

— André Breton
❝Without mysteries, life would be very dull indeed. What would be left to strive for if everything were known?❞

— Charles de Lint
❝But why do I notice everything? She thought. Why must I think? She did not want to think. She wanted to force her mind to become a blank and lie back, and accept quietly, tolerantly, whatever came.❞

— Virginia Woolf, The Years
❝'I can always tell when you're reading somewhere in the house,' my mother used to say. 'There's a special silence, a reading silence.'❞

— Francis Spufford
❝I’ll never be a poet. I’m not enough of a sensualist really; there are only a few obvious things that I notice as primarily beautiful: women, spring evenings, music at night, the sea; I don’t catch the subtle things like “silver-snarling trumpets”. I may turn out an intellectual, but I’ll never write anything but mediocre poetry.❞

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
❝My dear,
In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.❞

— Truly yours,
Albert Camus
❝It was November- the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.❞

—  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
❝The world is too brutal for me—I am glad there is such a thing as the grave—I am sure I shall never have any rest till I get there.❞

— John Keats, from a letter to Fanny Brawne, 8 August 1820
❝I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.❞

— J.D. Salinger, A Boy in France
❝We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.❞

— Jonathan Gottschall, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human
❝I feel very transparent in myself. I’m more of an observer. I’m interested in what’s going on. I’m not sure that I really have a personality. Some people think I do have a personality. I have a personality when I am with certain people — but when I’m not with them I don’t have that personality. I just sort of go back to resembling a transparent glass of water.❞

— Joyce Carol Oates, from an Interview dated 25 June 2013

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