I hope that one day you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someone you love. ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Published byHoughton Mifflin 1 April 2005 (1st edition)
To Earthward Love at the lips was touch As sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I lived on air That crossed me from sweet things, The flow of–was it musk From hidden grapevine springs Downhill at dusk? I had the swirl and ache From sprays of honeysuckle That when they’re… Continue reading Robert Frost
It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number—,” The Crack-Up. (New Directions; Reprint edition (February 27, 2009) Originally published 1936.
I am learning to abandon the world before it can abandon me. Already I have given up the moon and snow, closing my shades against the claims of white. Linda Pastan, from “I Am Learning To Abandon The World,” PM/AM: New and Selected Poems. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1982)
…later beneath the blueness of trees the future falls out of place: something always happens: draw nearer my dear: never fear: the world spins nightly toward its brightness and we are on it. — C.D. Wright, from “Cresent,” Steal Away: Selected and New Poems. (Copper Canyon Press September 1, 2003)
And if it happens that you cannot go on or turn back and you find yourself where you will be at the end, tell yourself in that final flowing of cold through your limbs that you love what you are. — Mark Strand, from “Lines for Winter,” Selected Poems. (Knopf September 26, 1990)
I need to feel strongly, to love and admire, just as desperately as I need to breathe. — Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. (Vintage June 23, 1998)