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Mary Shelley

I am unstable, sometimes melancholy, and have been called on some occasions imperious; but I never did an ungenerous act in my life. I sympathise warmly with others, and have wasted my heart in their love. ― Mary Shelley, The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 3, 2014) Originally… Continue reading Mary Shelley

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Anne Sexton

You can’t know how strong my feelings are. All things of myself I want to share with you. Sometimes it is hard to get through, but I always want to. Despite all my sickness, I have grown. In my growth I learned some important things. One of them is that I pick you. Not just… Continue reading Anne Sexton

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Franz Kafka

No, I didn’t imagine my being alone with you the way you do. If I want the impossible, I want it in its entirety. Entirely alone, dearest, I wanted us to be entirely alone on this earth, entirely alone under the sky, and to lead my life, my life that is yours, without distraction and… Continue reading Franz Kafka

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Marina Tsvetaeva

…What do I want from you? What I want from all of poetry and from each line of a poem: the truth of this moment. — Marina Tsvetaeva in a letter to Rainer Maria Rilke, August 22 1926, Letters: Summer 1926 (New York Review Books, 2001)

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Gustave Flaubert

This sense of my own weakness and emptiness comforts me. I feel myself a mere speck of dust lost in space, yet I am part of that endless grandeur which envelopes me. I could never see why that should be cause for despair, since there could very well be nothing at all behind the black… Continue reading Gustave Flaubert

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Gustave Flaubert

This sense of my own weakness and emptiness comforts me. I feel myself a mere speck of dust lost in space, yet I am part of that endless grandeur which envelopes me. I could never see why that should be cause for despair, since there could very well be nothing at all behind the black… Continue reading Gustave Flaubert

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