Then he thought himself unhappy, but happiness was all in the future; now he felt that the best happiness was already in the past. ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. (Norilana Books February 16, 2008) Originally published 1873.
There is this white wall, above which the sky creates itself- Infinite, green, utterly untouchable. Angels swim in it, and the stars, in indifference also. They are my medium. — Sylvia Plath, from “Apprehensions,” The Bell Jar. (Harper Perennial Modern Classics June 11, 2013) Originally published January 14th 1963.
Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. ― Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake. (RosettaBooks, August 22, 2011) Originally published… Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut
The past would delay the present’s unfolding if our eroded memories hadn’t slept there ceaselessly. — René Char, from “Pause at Cloaca Castle,” The Brittle Age and Returning Upland (Counterpath Press, 2009)
It is the same woman, I know, for she is always creeping, and most women do not creep by daylight. — Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories. (Dover Publications; Unabridged edition, 1997) Originally published 1892.
Under this tree for a moment, We have escaped the bitterness Of love, and love lost, and love Betrayed. And what might have been, And what might be, fall equally Away with what is, — Kenneth Rexroth, from “Lyell’s Hypothesis Again ,” The Collected Shorter Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1967)